ORSP Programming

Spring 2023 Programming


Post Award Focus Group



Spring 2023 20-Day Writing Challenge

The 20-Day Writing  Challenge is meant to motivate faculty to commit a block of time each weekday during the month of February for grant and/or academic writing. There will be an in-person introductory session on Wednesday, February 1, where participants will establish individualized goals and intentions. The 20-Day Writing Challenge will wrap up with a final in-person sharing/reflection session where participants will gather and be encouraged by each others’ success on Wednesday, March 1.  Sponsored by CETAL and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

In-Person sessions (February 1, March 1), 2:00 PM
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Designated School Official and IRB

Kimberly Ashley-Pauley, Research Compliance Officer, and Amber Hall, Director of Institutional Research, will explain what it means to be a designated school official. They will also discuss the process to become a designated school official, as well as why it is sometimes necessary to have this designation in order to conduct research using data that would otherwise be inaccessible under FERPA.

February 7, 2023, X-Period
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Spring 2023 Student-Faculty Research Symposium

Student-Faculty pairs from each college will present their research, followed by a period of discussion. Sponsored by the University Research Council and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

  • College of Education:  Laura Marshall, Graduate Student in Change Leadership for Equity and Inclusion, and Dr. Alicia Cotabish, “The Effects of COVID-19 on the Academic Achievement of Marginalized, High Ability Learners and Gifted Educators in Arkansas”
  • College of Health and Behavioral Sciences:  Jessica Brandon, Graduate Student in the Occupational Therapy Doctoral program, and Dr. Lorrie George-Paschal,  “Evaluation the Predictive Validity of the Nine Hole Peg Test for Older Adults”
  • College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences:  Kerston Hadley, Undergraduate Student in Modern Languages (French), and Dr. K. Adele Okoli, “Building an Oral Repository of African Immigration Stories in French”
  • College of Business:  Clair Coon, Undergraduate Student in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Dr. Collin Hodges, “The Impact of State-Level Economic Freedom on Opioid Overdose Deaths”
  • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics:  Katherine Peters, Undergraduate Student in Chemistry, and Dr. Kerry Barnett
February 28, 2023, X-Period
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Where NOT to Publish Your Research

Dr. Emre Celebi, Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, will discuss the predatory/write-only/deceptive publishing model and how to avoid falling victim to their unethical practices.

March 14, 2023, X-Period
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SURF Panel

Supported by the AR Division of Higher Education, Student Undergraduate Research Fellowships provide undergraduate students an opportunity to develop a sustained relationship with a faculty member (over the course of one, two, or three semesters) to carry out an in-depth research, scholarship, or creative projects. The amount of money available for travel and supplies for students is based on the number of semesters the project will require. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

SURF applications are due in October. The Fall semester can be so hectic that we encourage faculty and undergraduates to learn about SURF and begin thinking through their projects in the Spring semester before they plan to apply.

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will host a panel of past SURF awardees, faculty mentors, and UCA faculty who serve on the SURF selection committee on April 18 at 3:00 PM. Join us to learn all about the SURF experience.

April 18th, 2023, 3:00 PM
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Staff Grant Panel

A panel of UCA staff members who have been successful in grant writing will discuss their experiences, give tips, and answer questions.

Panelists include Joy Ritchey (Director of Research and Sponsored Programs), Amanda Horton (Executive Director of Public Appearances), and Lainey Morrow (Project Communications Coordinator for the COB).

April 25th, 2023, 2:00 PM
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