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Creating Research Opportunities for Students: The Mid-Atlantic Consortium

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First in the World FIPSE Grant


First in the World Grant Opportunities for Faculty
Information Session: Thursday Feburary 18, 10:50 AM - 12:05 PM, Whitman Hall Room 150

Farmingdale State College is just one of 17 institutions in the US awarded a prestigious First in the World grant from the US Department of Education. Our four year project is entitled “Creating Research Opportunities for Students.”

The award of over $2.9 million will enable FSC to provide 250 students each year (beginning fall 2016) with multifaceted support and enrichment programs that will culminate in seeing each student engaged in a research experience with a FSC faculty mentor either on or off campus.

As we develop this program, the grant will provide support and funding for faculty members to prepare research experiences, enhance pedagogies, plan seminars, and create collaborative learning experiences designed to assist students.

To learn more about our First in the World Grant and $$$ opportunities for faculty, be sure to attend the information session on Thursday February 18th from 10:50 am to 12:05 pm in Whitman Hall room 150.


Kickoff - Opening Comments - Beverly Kahn: 10/22/2015

Agenda for the First Meeting of Representatives from the Five Members of the Consortium: October 21 – 23, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

6:30 – 8:30 pm – Reception followed by Buffet Dinner – Hilton Hotel

Thursday, October 22, 2015

All Meetings and Luncheon are in the Farmingdale State College Campus Center Ballrooms

 9:00 am – Noon:

       Continental Breakfast

       Introductions of each university delegation by the team leader

       Project Overview – Beverly Kahn, Project Director

  • Theme – “Unity in Diversity”
  • Goals
  • Components
  • Timetable for Implementation
  • Budgets

 Noon – 1:00 pm – Luncheon

 1:00 – 4:30 pm:  Evaluation using a randomized control trial design             Dr. Kate Winter, Outside Evaluator

 4:30 – Optional Tour of “Monumental,” a whimsical art exhibit by 3-D designer & sculptor      Kevin O’Callahan

 Dinner on your own

Friday, October 23, 2015

All Meetings and Luncheon are in the Farmingdale State College Campus Center Ballrooms

9:00 am – Continental Breakfast

9:15 am – Welcome by Dr. Hubert Keen, President, Farmingdale State College

9:30 – 10:30 am – Keynote Address (open to the public):

“Engaging Students in Undergraduate Research”   By Dr. Nancy Hensel

            Past President of the Council for Undergraduate Research

            CUR is the pre-eminent national organization promoting undergraduate research

10:30 – 10:45am – break

10:45am – 3:30 pm (with luncheon break)

Undergraduate Student Research: Discussion by all & then by each University’s Working Group

  • Preparation of Faculty Mentors
  • Preparation of Students
  • Sophomore/Transfer Year Experience Courses
  • Research Handbooks and Guidelines
  • Treisman-style Collaborative Learning Workshops attached to Foundational Courses
  • Seminars, TED talks, Special Speakers and Events, etc.
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