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Spring 2015: Community Engagement Opportunities for UT researchers

Find more outreach resources for your STEM grant here.

The Office of Research & Engagement (ORE) recently released its Quarter 2 Research Report.  Particularly striking in the report was UT’s  “Top 20 Awards (By Dollar Value)” — many on this list involved community engaged research in partnership with external community members,  including the top award.

Mutually- beneficial collaboration pays off, but it does require connecting to the right people and community priorities.  Fortunately, UT has a bumper crop of upcoming opportunities to help researchers make those connections.  Find more grant proposal resources here.

Advice from the Field: Teaching Effectively in Schools Serving Economically Distressed Communities. (Seminar series)

  • March 23, 2015: STEM Seeds for Rural Success. 5-6 p.m. in Greve Hall, Room 122
  • April 6, 2015: Leveraging Communities in STEM Teaching and Learning. 5-6 p.m. in Greve Hall, Room 122
  • April 20, 2015: Collaborative and Project-Based Learning at a STEM Academy. 5-6 p.m. in Greve Hall, Room 122

VolsTeach will be hosting three seminars about STEM outreach, featuring both faculty and their community implementation partners.  This a great opportunity both to network with potential partners and to learn the real “how tos” for this kind of outreach.  Broader Impacts or Education Plans, anyone?

Community Engagement and the Research University

Friday, April 10, 2015, 9-11 a.m.
Visiting speaker Dr. Barbara Holland will present a public symposium, “Community Engagement and the Research University,” followed by a panel discussion with some of UT’s successfully funded researchers and community partners. 9-11am at the Sheraton Knoxville Cumberland House Hotel, 1109 White Avenue.  Barbara A. Holland, Ph.D., holds academic affiliations with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Portland State University and University of Sydney. She is an internationally recognized expert in organizational change in higher education with a special emphasis on the institutionalization and assessment of community engagement and has published and consulted widely on these topics.  RSVP

Smart Communities Initiative End-of-Year Showcase

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 5-7 p.m.
SCI provides UT students and faculty with hands-on planning and implementation experience through service-learning in multiple disciplines all focused on one city, county, or special district a year. Projects to date include storm water mapping and analysis, streetscape improvements, greenway extensions and redevelopment of old industrial sites. The April 16 event will feature an exhibit of student work from the current SCI year, as well as project presentations from the diverse group of students, faculty, and City of Cleveland partners who participated in the program.  Showcase RSVP/more information:

NSF Workshop for the Biological Sciences

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 1-4 p.m. (RSVP online, above)
Presenter: Dr. Engin Serpersu, UT Professor of Biochemistry and Cellular Biology, NSF Program Director, Molecular Biophysics Cluster, Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, Directorate for Biological Sciences. On the program: Insights into NSF’s Portfolio Balance; Insights into Interdisciplinary, Biological, and Educational Funding Opportunities; Panel Presentation by UT faculty doing NSF-funded Research; Statewide Networking Opportunity