Date: Febrary, 28, 2013
To: Deans, Directors, Department Heads
From: Lawrence J. Johnson, Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and Robert Zierolf, Interim Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
The Graduate School is pleased to announce it has committed $1.6 million in enhancement funds to the university's top ranked doctoral programs. The doctoral programs granted enhancement funds include Chemistry, Criminal Justice, English and Comparative Literature, Environmental Engineering, Molecular and Development Biology, Neuroscience, and Systems Biology. Enhancement funds were awarded based upon the program's ability to show how increased funding would result in greater graduate faculty and student research productivity, recruitment and retention of the nation's top students, and its ability to leverage external funding.
The Graduate School will also provide an opportunity for other doctoral programs to obtain enhancement funds through a request for proposal (RFP) process. A total of $200,000 will be available for programs seeking to enhance their doctoral programs. Up to $40,000 will be awarded to each winning proposal. Programs will be required to show how an enhancement of funds will lead to greater faculty and student research productivity, and higher quality of learning for students. Programs will be required to submit their proposals to Interim Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate School, Robert Zierolf, by March 25th.
We would like to congratulate those doctoral programs awarded enhancement funds and encourage other doctoral programs to participate in the RFP process.