February 19, 2002
Present: Susan Perry, Jenny Clay, Paul Kingston, Ruth Hill, Reginald Garrett, Arlene Keeling Susan Perry called the meeting to order.
1. Update on Committee Charges:
a. Harrison Awards Symposium (Subcommittee: Scott Vandenberg and Susan Perry)
· The symposium was held on November 6, 2001, at the Colonnade Club. Eight Award winners and six faculty advisors presented their research. Over 100 were in attendance.
b. 2001 Harrison Awards (Subcommittee members: Reginald Garrett, Hilary Sanfey, Susan Perry, Marcia Childress, and Ruth Hill)
· The Harrison Undergraduate Research Award Ceremony was held on February 14, 2002, in the Rotunda. Forty-two students received Harrison Awards. Speakers included Rob Grainger, Ed Ayers, Gene Block, Nicole Hurd, and Shadi Kourosh. Four students talked briefly about their research project. The students were Alexis Black, Mark Harvey, Caroline Kuo, and Bilel Qureshi.
c. Undergraduate Research Brochure (Subcommittee: Paul Kingston and Arlene Keeling)
· Paul Kingston gave an update on this initiative. Mr. Kingston and Ms. Keeling have been working with Bill Sublette, Development Office, on ways that the program might be showcased and financially supported. The first step is to produce a fact-sheet on the program and past Award recipients. The Committee, working with the Development Office, should also look for a permanent donor for the program.
d. Gene Patenting Symposium (Subcommittee: Marcia Childress and Susan Perry)
· This charge has been postponed until next year.
e. New Charge: Work with Student Group on University-wide Faculty/Course Evaluation Process
· A subcommittee needs to be created to meet and work with students. Ms. Perry reported that she has met with Abby Fifer, President of Student Council, to discuss the issue of getting an on-line evaluation system up and running. Ms. Fifer will make a list of what Student Council feels should be posted on the site, and why. Past evaluation systems have not been very effective. The Committee discussed the pros and cons of having an on-line system. It was noted that the questions to be asked on any evaluation system needs to be defined. It was also pointed out that, from a faculty perspective, the multi-functions of any evaluation system need to be recognized. Ms. Perry will meet again with Ms. Fifer next week and get a written proposal for what she thinks an on-line evaluation system should include. Ms. Perry will send that proposal to the members of the Committee, via email.
2. Arlene Keeling distributed a copy of a message from Ariel Gomez. The message was sent to the Dean of Nursing, asking for someone to rewrite the guidelines for research funding for Excellence in Funding for Science and Technology, which provides seed money for new research. Ms. Keeling will take the message back to her office and try to get more information.
3. Jenny Clay asked about the Committee establishing a program, something like the undergraduate research program that was administered by the Faculty Senate, to fund graduate students doing summer work. Ms. Clay agreed to write a proposal to submit to Peter Brunjes, Arts and Sciences Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.
The meeting adjourned at 3:10 p.m.