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University Research Council

2014 ORSA faculty award winners

The recipients of the 2014 Outstanding Research and Scholarship awards were (l to r) Marcia Lei Zeng, professor of library and information sciences; James Tyner, professor of geography and Quan Li, senior research fellow in the Liquid  Crystal Institute.

Research, Scholarship, Creativity

Research, scholarship, and creative activity: the University Research Council (URC) is a motivating force behind all three. It is the Council's charge to foster and stimulate research efforts and creative projects by providing financial support for artistic and scholarly work. Faculty members can receive from $100 to $2500 ($3500 for projects involving undergraduate students) for materials, supplies, travel expenses, conferences, publication costs, and guest speakers.

In addition to faculty support, the URC promotes undergraduate student participation in research activities in two ways. Faculty researchers can receive awards of up to $3500 for projects that include undergraduates in a substantive role. In addition, undergraduate students working under the guidance of a faculty advisor can receive awards of up to $500 to fund research, creative or scholarly activities through the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. By offering undergraduates the opportunity to actively organize, design, and conduct research, the URC assists, too, in student retention.

2015 Outstanding Research and Scholarship Awards

Nominations are open for the 2015 Outstanding Research and  Scholarship Awards honoring Kent State's exceptional researchers and scholars. Awards will be based on the quality of research and scholarship and its impact on society. A ceremony and reception will be held on Tues., April 14, 2015. Nominations are due no later than 11:59 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 21, 2015.  To nominate a faculty member, use this form and submit it to Sheila Pratt, 

Nomination process

  • Kent State faculty, students, staff and alumni may nominate a faculty member for the award
  • Individuals may nominate only one candidate. Faculty members may self nominate.
  • All full-time tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty are eligible
  • Nominees may accept or reject their nomination
  • After a nomination is accepted, nominees are asked to provide a vitae, statement of research interests and achievements, and additional materials (or examples of creative activities) to the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Review Process

  • Each nominee's file will be submitted to a panel of four experts in the  nominee's discipline.
  • The Review Committee will consist of subcommittees that include members of the University Research Council (URC) and Kent State faculty members from the pertinent disciplines.
  • Once the subcommittees have made their recommendations, the full URC will select two to four candidates based on rankings and make recommendations to the vice president for Research and Sponsored Programs for final approval.
  • Individuals who nominate (including members of the URC) may not serve on the Review Committee

Review Criteria

  • Number of publications of original research in refereed journals
  • Book chapters
  • Book publications
  • Presentations at invited lectures, national and international meetings
  • Major exhibits or performances
  • Major grant or fellowship support
  • Other accomplishments such as membership and leadership in professional organizations or on editorial boards

Contact for the URC:

Peggy Kramer
Phone: 330-672-0709