Focus on Research
From the Dean:
The Dean’s Office is providing several opportunities for CLAHS faculty to learn more about grant funding. These opportunities range from Grants 101: An Introduction to External Funding, to more specialized events related to digital humanities programs at the NEH, foundation funding for research projects, and guidance on preparing NSF proposals. These opportunities are designed to provide research support for faculty at all stages of the process of seeking external funding. See this issue of the newsletter for more information about the sessions. Suggestions for additional programs that address the needs of CLAHS faculty for research support are always welcome. Please contact Associate Dean Tom Ewing with suggestions.
Spencer Foundation New Civics Initiative. The New Civics initiative is embedded within the broader Spencer Foundation belief that cultivating knowledge and new ideas about education will ultimately improve students’ lives and enrich society. The Spencer Foundation aims to support research that deepens our understanding of educational and other influences on civic action, that attends to social inequalities in civic education and civic action, and that has the potential to shape future research and practice in these fields. Funding amounts range from $40,000 to $350,000 for 1-4 years. Rolling deadlines. More information
W.E.B. DuBois Fellowship for Research in Race, Gender, Culture and Crime. The National Institute of Justice seeks proposals for the Du Bois Fellowship Program, which seeks to advance knowledge regarding the confluence of crime, justice, and culture in various societal contexts. The Fellowship places particular emphasis on crime, violence, and the administration of justice in diverse cultural contexts within the United States. Deadline May 2, 2012. More information.
NSF Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases program supports research on the ecological, evolutionary, and socio-ecological principles and processes that regulate the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. The program's focus is on both the discovery, and the building and testing models that elucidate these principles and processes. Deadline December 5, 2012. More information
Tips on Asking for Reference Letters
Some grant and fellowship applications ask for letters of recommendation. When these are required, they are examined with great care by the reviewers. Some tips to consider:
Adapted from Sara Rockwell, “Grant Writing Tips,” from Yale University School of Medicine
NEH Research Fellowships, May 1, 2012
NSF STS Research Grants, August 1, 2012
An Information Session with Editors in Humanities,
Research Support Sponsored by CLAHS Dean’s Office
OSP Pre-Award Administrators Meeting with CLAHS Faculty
March 28, 9:00-10:00 am, McBryde 666
Meet Program Officers from NEH Office of Digital Humanities
Foundation Funding for Research in Human Sciences, Humanities, and Social Science,
Grants 101: An Introduction to External Funding
Funding Opportunities from the National Science Foundation
Upcoming Grant Deadlines:
Council for International Exchange of Scholars, including
NIMH Biomedical Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01), deadline: May 11, 2012 (letter of intent); June 11, 2012 (application).
Teen Dating Violence, NIH, deadline June 5, 2012. More information
By Sarah Ovink, Assistant Professor,
Department of Sociology
Most of my research is concerned with educational inequality by race/ethnicity and gender. While the current trend of women’s increasing college attainment is well-known, less attention has been paid to how the gender imbalance differs by racial/ethnic group. For example, African American women have attained more college degrees than similar men since the 1950s, while the gender gap for white women and Latinas “flipped” only in the last two decades. These differences suggest that different causal factors may be at work. From 2007 to the present I have followed a cohort of 50 Latino/a college aspirants in the San Francisco bay area as they navigate their post-high-school college plans and careers. This project represents my primary focus this semester, as I focus on publishing results based on the first three waves of interviews and being a fourth wave of follow-ups. Other projects include collaborations with researchers at VT and other institutions on a variety of topics: high school dropout differences by gender and race/ethnicity; the experiences of immigrants in “new” destinations; and the importance of non-cognitive skills among early elementary students. I am also tracking the progress of my undergraduate students in a new special study course I designed, now in its second semester, entitled “Human Diversity and Community Engagement.” As we learn about and discuss issues of diversity (race/ethnicity, gender, social class, sexualities, and ability/disability) my students design and take part in “participatory research:” community engagement projects such as volunteering with the Special Olympics and providing services to refugees.
Institue for Society, Culture, and Environment
Karen A. Roberto, Director
Through its affiliate network of more than 30 research centers, laboratories, and programs, ISCE fosters communication and collaboration across the university. ISCE will post network member news (e.g., honors, awards) on our website and distribute information about events to others across the University. ISCE also helps network members identify others on campus with interests that support or complement their research and will occasionally email information about resources and funding opportunities. ISCE network members are asked to serve as ambassadors of the Institute, informing others about ISCE and promoting the importance of ISCE for enhancing success for external funding to advance research and scholarship, particularly in the social sciences, humanities, and arts. If a Center, lab, or research group would like to be part of the Affiliate Network contact ISCE Director, Karen A. Roberto.