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2014-15 Professional Development Grants for Retirees

The sixth cycle of grants to help retirees pursue projects related to their scholarship has been announced by the Office of the Vice President for Research and UMRA. All faculty members, professional and administrative, and civil service retirees from the Twin Cities and Coordinate Campuses of the University are eligible to apply for the grants (up to $5,000). The guidelines for applying will be sent to UMRA members via email and will be available from here. The deadline for applications is December 10, 2014. Awards will be announced on March 1, commence on April 1, 2014, and end on June 30, 2015.

Eligible expenses include travel and per diem costs related to research trips and conference attendance, stipends for undergraduate and/or graduate research assistants, photocopying, the purchase of books, computer, software, and other relevant costs of scholarship. Ineligible expenses include salary for the applicant and institutional overhead charges. UROP, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, has agreed to fund the cost of undergraduate assistants who work with grantees. Details about the UROP opportunity are in the guidelines.

If you have questions, please contact Chair, Janice Hogan (jhogan@umn.edu) or committee members: Judson Sheridan, Martin Dworkin, Richard Caldecott, Calvin Kendall, Kim Munholland, Joanne Eicher, Russell Hobbie, Craig Swan, John Adams, Paul Quie, Hal Miller, and John Howe. Contact information is listed in the grant guidelines.

— Jan Hogan-Schiltgen, chair, PDGR Committee
jhogan@umn.edu

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University of Minnesota Grants for Retiree Development: history of the program, funding and previous awards.

History

In 2007, the UMRA Board appointed a committee to explore a program of financial assistance to retirees who wish to continue their professional work and research projects. With a commitment of $10,000 seed money from UMRA, the committee gained support from the University and the Graduate School in launching a pilot program. In 2008, the Office of the Vice President for Research and the University of Minnesota Retirees Association jointly created a program of annual Professional Development Grants intended to support faculty, P&A and civil service retirees wishing to pursue projects related to their research, instruction, or other work history and that contribute to the educational, scholarly and academic reputation of the University.

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Funding

The UMRA Grants Committee has begun an ambitious plan with the goal of building a reserve fund for our Professional Development Grants for Retirees program. The grants program has been funded by the offices of the University President, Vice Presidents, and Deans. While we have the assurance of several more years of funding from Central Administration, we must prepare for the possibility of a future funding shortfall.

In the fall of 2011, the UMRA Board approved a campaign to raise funds, beginning with an appeal to UMRA members, former recipients of grants, and then to all University faculty and P&A retirees. All of the Board and the Committee members have contributed to the fund. With 41 contributions to date, including the Board's initial $10,000 investment, we have raised $32,270, a sum now resting securely in our U of M Foundation account. 

We encourage UMRA members who have not yet made a contribution to do so, and if you have already made a contribution or pledge, please consider adding to it. You may give by credit card online at the website www.giving.umn.edu/umra or by check payable to the University of Minnesota Foundation [CM 3854, PO Box 70870, St. Paul, MN 55170-3854]. Indicate UMRA Fund 4867. And you can support this fund with a future estate gift. For more information or if you have questions, please contact Lynn Praska, Planned Giving Officer, U of M foundation [612-624-4158; lpraska@umn.edu].

We hope you will join us in making a tax deductible gift. Anyone with questions or suggestions should contact Jan Hogan, chair of the fund raising initiative jhogan@umn.edu.

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Previous Awards

2014 Awards. On February 26, 2014, a committee of eight UMRA members, appointed by Associate Vice President Frances Lawrenz, met to review the 14 applications for the sixth cycle of Professional Development Grants for Retirees.  The committee recommended 12 of the applications for funding.  Vice President for Research, Brian Herman, announced the awards.  Of the awards, one recipient was from the Duluth Campus, College of Science and Engineering, and the others were from the Twin Cities Campus, representing the fields of Statistics, Physics and Astronomy, Library, History, Mathematics, Sociology, and Halbery Chronobiology.  The abstracts of the winning grants are listed on the 2014 Awards Abstracts page.

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2013 Awards. On February 8, 2013, a committee of retirees, appointed by Associate Vice President Frances Lawrenz, met to review the applications for the fifth cycle of Professional Development Grants for Retirees. The committee recommended seven of the  eight applications for funding and in the middle of February Vice President Herman announced the awards. Of the winning proposals, one came from the Duluth Campus, College of Science and Engineering, and the others from the following Twin Cities campus units: CLA; Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; CBS; and Design. Extended descriptions of winning PDGrants are listed on the 2013 Awards Abstracts page.
A significant feature added to the Grants program two years ago was a link to the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). Three of this year's PDGrants winners intend to recruit UROP students and have begun that process in consultation with the UROP office (UROP office).

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2012 Awards. On February 27, 2012, a committee of retirees appointed by Vice President Tim Mulcahy met with Associate Vice President Frances Lawrenz to review all 20 applications for the fourth cycle of Professional Development Grants for Retirees. The committee recommended eight applications for funding and in early March Vice President Mulcahy announced the awards. Of the winning proposals, one came from the Duluth Campus, CLA; while the others from the following Twin Cities campus colleges: CSE (IT); CCE; CLA; Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; and the Medical School. Extended descriptions of winning PDGrants are listed on the 2012 Awards Abstracts page.

A significant feature added to the Grants program last year was a link to the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). One of this year's PDGrants winners included such an indication and is now in conversation with the UROP office concerning such arrangements. Consult the 2011 Call for Proposals and the UROP office.

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2011 Awards. On February 24, 2011, a committee of retirees appointed by Vice President Tim Mulcahy met with Associate Vice President Frances Lawrenz to review all19 applications for the third cycle of Professional Development Grants for Retirees. The committee recommended nine applications for funding and in early March Vice President Mulcahy announced the awards. Of the winning proposals, one came from the Morris Campus and the others from the following Twin Cities campus colleges: CSE (IT); CLA; Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; and the University Libraries. Extended descriptions of winning PDGrants are listed on the right and on the 2011 Awards Abstracts page.

A significant feature added to the Grants program for this year is a link to the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). Two of this year's PDGrants winners included such an indication and are now in conversation with the UROP office concerning such arrangements. Consult the 2010 Call for Proposals and the UROP office.

2010 Awards. Fourteen awards of up to $3,500 each were made in early 2010 for work during the 2010-2011 academic year. On February 26th, a committee appointed by Vice President Tim Mulcahy met to review applications for the second cycle of Professional Development Grants for Retirees. The committee consisted entirely of retirees, several from UMRA and others from the larger university community. After a spirited discussion the committee recommended 14 proposals for funding. Vice President Timothy Mulcahy agreed with the committee’s recommendations and sent letters of congratulations to the grant recipients in early March. Two awards went to colleagues from the Duluth and Morris campuses.  Of the remaining twelve awards, three went to retirees from the College of Liberal Arts, two from the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources, two from the Institute of Technology, two from the Medical School, and one each from the College of Biological Sciences, the College of Education and Human Development, and Academic Administration. Committee members were pleased with the quality of the 25 proposals. A full listing of awards, including single paragraph descriptions of the winning projects can be found on the 2010 Awards Abstracts page.               

2009 Awards. Twelve awards of up to $3,500 each were made in early 2009 for the 2009-2010 academic year. A summary of each of these grants can be found on the 2009 Awards Abstracts age.

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Jan Hogan

Jan Hogan heads the PD Grant program

 

2014-15 Awards


A committee of retirees, appointed by Frances Lawrenz, Associate Vice President for Research, reviewed and recommended 12 of the 14 applications for Professional Development Grants for Retirees in February.  Brian Herman, Vice President for Research, recently announced the grant recipients.  Congratulations to the following: