September 27, 2016

Call for Proposals: Cohen Peace Fellowship

The call to submit proposals for the Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Fellowship is open! The Fellowship provides support to conduct basic or applied research on topics related to peace. Ball State faculty members AND graduate students are eligible to apply. 

  • For faculty members funds may be used for salary, supplies, expenses, and/or travel. Preference will be given to tenure track faculty members at Ball State University. 
  • For graduate students, funds may be used for an assistantship stipend, supplies, expenses, and/or travel and may also include tuition remission during the academic time period of the fellowship.

Applicants must consult with the staff of Sponsored Projects Administration by October 1, 2016 to receive assistance in the development of their proposals, including the narrative and budget. Failure to do this will render an application ineligible for further consideration.

Completed applications and all required materials are due to the SPA by 5:00 PM on October 31, 2016. SPA will route the completed applications to the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies. The Cohen Proposal Evaluation Committee will then review the proposals.

Projects that focus on aspects of structural violence, direct violence, and/or social justice are permissible. You must clearly and concretely connect your focus with the mission of the Cohen Fund. How will your project expand knowledge and/or solve practical problems associated with issues affecting world peace to improve the human condition?

Some examples of projects include sexism, hydrology, criminality, racism, homelessness, human rights, suicide prevention, health disparities, sports for development, land use and ecosystems among others

Projects that involve peace building, peace making, or peace keeping are consistent with the mission of the Cohen Fund.

For more information on how to apply for the fellowship, visit the link below or contact the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, 285-1622.

September 22, 2016

SPA Colloquium - Faculty Success Stories: Pathways to Funding Success (Session 2)

One thing is clear about the journey towards achieving funding success to support your research agenda: Every path is different and faculty success stories come in all shapes and sizes. 

Sponsored Projects Administration is excited to continue the inaugural year of SPA Colloquia, a series of faculty learning sessions addressing various topics related to grant seeking and the external funding enterprise on campus.

Susan McDowell, Professor of Biology, and Pamela Harwood, Professor of Architecture, shared their testimonies on Wednesday about achieving funding success at Ball State University. Their individual processes to receive funding were vastly different, but both agree that achieving funding advanced their academia.

"Collaboration was absolutely essential to get funding," Harwood said. "My students helped write the grants and the community was a great partner. Those one-on-one opportunities exist and they should be taken advantage of."
  Left to right: Pamela Harwood, Professor of Architecture, and Susan McDowell, Professor of Biology, 
  discuss the ways in which they achieved funding success to support their research and teaching agendas.
Harwood expounded on the importance of taking advantage of several smaller grants in the search for funding. 

"We were funded by a series of smaller grants that were both internal and external of the university," she said. "That might have been challenging for SPA, but the process went very smoothly. Any time I had a question they helped look for the answer."

McDowell highlighted some challenges in the search for funding, but maintained that it is always a learning experience.

"There is a lot that goes into grant writing," she said. "Going to SPA for help completely restructured my thinking." 

Several themes surfaced during Wednesday's discussion: 

  • Collaborating with students and surrounding communities is integral in the search for funding
  • Every path towards funding success is different 
  • Combining several smaller grants can be beneficial
  • Sponsored Projects Administration is a great resource when the search for funding seems daunting (We are here to help!) 

September 20, 2016

Aspire Internal Grants Information Session

Sponsored Projects Administration will be holding an information session to introduce and expound on the different internal funding opportunities available to faculty throughout their career at Ball State. 

This will include a discussion of many of the available Aspire competitions, including the new CREATE award.

Go to our website to view the specific opportunities available to faculty and students for project development support, travel support and more:

Learn how Ball State can help fund your research or creative endeavor activities through the many Aspire Programs.

No advance registration required but seating is limited; please come see us at Bracken Library BL 104 Friday September 23rd from 2:00-3:00.

SPA hosts first session in Colloquia Series

Sponsored Projects Administration kicked off September with the inaugural year of SPA Colloquia, a series of faculty learning sessions addressing various topics related to grant seeking and the external funding enterprise on campus.

The one-hour session in Bracken Library on Friday, "Faculty Success Stories: Pathways to Funding Success," featured faculty panelists and SPA personnel within a moderated Q&A format.

Faculty members Paul Gestwicki (Computer Science), Janay Sander (Educational Psychology), and Stephanie Simon-Dack (Psychological Science) discussed how they achieved funding success to support their projects.
Faculty members Paul Gestwicki (Computer Science), Janay Sander (Educational Psychology), and Stephanie 
Simon-Dack (Psychological Science) discuss how they achieved funding success to support their projects on Friday in Bracken Library.

Simon-Dack discussed how she was able to receive federal funding for the Department of Psychological Science at Ball State after a resourceful and collaborative experience with SPA. 

"I attached myself to Sponsored Projects Administration like a leech," Simon-Dack said. "It was about networking and allowing myself to be guided by people who knew how to do it."

Some attendees of the session asked panelists how they were able to effectively manage their time between grant seeking, teaching, and research throughout the academic year. 

"I relied heavily on faculty mentors and you will realize that people in your department and others on campus want to help each other," Sander said. "You have to keep your scholarly work as your focus and keep your mind on the bigger picture."

Gestwicki discussed how he was able to authentically combine immersive learning with the funding he received in the Department of Computer Science. 

"I had these ideas of things I wanted to do and I knew I couldn't do them the way I imagined them without external funding," he said. "The fact that my personal joy comes from doing immersive learning and I can get funding to do so is a great combination."

Campus Liason Stanley Geidel introduces faculty members Paul Gestwicki (Computer Science), Janay Sander (Educational Psychology), and Stephanie Simon-Dack (Psychological Science) to attendees of the session on Friday in Bracken Library.

Attendees of the session took away several major themes related to the grant seeking enterprise:
  • Start small - Don't expect to get big funding right away
  • Grant seeking is an iterative process and a learning experience
  • Collaborate with SPA, other faculty, and students on campus 
  • Time is everything - plan ahead and plan strategically
  • If it does not tie to your work, it is probably not fund worthy 
  • Stay focused on your scholarly work while effectively managing your time 

SPA will be holding several SPA Colloquia throughout the academic year. The next session, Faculty Success Stories: Pathways to Funding Success, Session 2, will be held in the Atrium Dining Room on Wednesday, September 21 at 12 p.m. Faculty members Pam Harwood (Architecture) and Sue McDowell (Biology) will discuss how they achieved funding success to support their projects.

September 14, 2016

Identifying Sources for Funding and Research - Graduate Student Edition

University Libraries and the Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) are combining forces to help you find funding sources for your research and creative work. 

Jessie Roark, Outreach and Education Coordinator, will give a tutorial on COS Pivot, the largest funding opportunity and researcher expertise database, as well as other resources SPA has to offer.

Brenda Yates Habich, Information Services Librarian, will share strategies for using Web of Science, a powerful database helpful in crafting necessary research in preparing literature reviews for grant proposals.

Please RSVP (Registration required for this event)

Date: Monday, September 19, 2016
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: BL 225

September 07, 2016

Sponsored Projects Administration September Events

Sponsored Projects Administration has been hard at work developing a full academic calendar of workshops, colloquia, and special events for the Ball State community. SPA is kicking off September with Cayuse SP training sessions, Focus on the Search workshops, and our brand new SPA Colloquia Series!

Colloquia Series: SPA is excited to announce a brand new SPA Colloquia Series starting in September that will provide faculty with learning opportunities related to the external funding enterprise on campus.

September 16: Faculty Success Stories: Pathways to Funding Success (Session 1): Paul Gestwicki (Computer Science), Stephanie Simon-Dack (Psychological Science), and Janay Sander (Educational Psychology) discuss how they achieved funding success to support their projects.

September 21: Faculty Success Stories: Pathways to Funding Success (Session 2): Pam Harwood (Architecture) and Sue McDowell (Biology) discuss how they achieved funding success to support their projects.

Campus liaison Stan Geidel will be moderating the forum in a Q&A format on topics of interest pertaining to sponsored projects. Those who attend are encouraged to ask questions/participate in the discussion.

All are welcome; professional staff and faculty members are especially encouraged to attend.

Registration for this one-hour session is requested, but it is not required.

Please RSVP:

Focus on the Search: These intensive one-hour workshops are designed to equip faculty members to become sophisticated users of COS Pivot, Ball State’s primary funding opportunities database.

At the end of this session participants will:

• Understand why it is important to make searching a regular part of your grantsmanship routine
• Learn about the resources SPO has to offer
• Learn how to use the COS Pivot database
• Conduct a search of your own

Please RSVP for one that fits your schedule (Spaces are limited):

Cayuse SP Learning Session: New for 2016-17, CayuseSP provides a platform for electronic creation, tracking, and management of proposals and awards along with other aspects of external funding operations to improve collaboration among administrators and faculty teams, and provide transparency from pre-award through post-award.

In these sessions, users will learn to:

• Navigate SP Dashboards
• Understand proposal, award, and project records
• Pull reports of real-time data
• Review and certify proposals

If you have any questions about Cayuse SP Learning Sessions, please contact Augusta Wray.
Please RSVP for one that fits your schedule:

For more information: Stan Geidel ( - 285-2022) or Jessie Roark ( - 285-5003) 

April 21, 2016

Reminder: RSVP for the Outstanding Research and Outstanding Creative Endeavor Awardees Lecture: April 29

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the Outstanding Research and Outstanding Creative Endeavor Awardee Lecture on Friday, April 29 at 11:00AM in the LA Pittenger Student Center Forum Room. A reception follows the lectures.

2015-16 Outstanding Creative Endeavor Award
Michael Elliott & Drew Vidal, Assistant Professors of Theatre and Dance
Department of Theatre & Dance
Presentation Title: "Building a Monster: The Creation of Ball State Theatre's Frankenstein"

2015-16 Outstanding Research Award
Susan McDowell, Professor of Biology
Department of Biology
Presentation Title: "Developing Alternatives to Antibiotics"

RSVP here:

April 14, 2016

New Aspire Awardees -- Spring 2016 Update

Ball State University's Aspire Internal Grant Program provides funding to faculty, professional personnel, and students to support projects in the areas of research, scholarly studies, and creative endeavors.   Aspire awards advance the goal of ultimately seeking sponsorship from external funding agencies. 

Funds awarded through the Aspire competitions are open to faculty and professional personnel and students.

Upcoming deadlines can be viewed in the Aspire 2015-2016 Competition Deadline Calendar (PDF).

Amelia Kaplan- Music- "Recording of a string quartet and composition of a duet for bassoon and double bass"
Jill Christman- English- "The Hill: High on the Mountain Witha Ragtag Tribe of Vets, Outlaws & HIPPIES (a book-length work of literary nonfiction”
Susan McDowell and Robert Sammelson- Biology and Chemistry- “Developing Alternatives to Antibiotics"
Karen Kessler- Theatre and Dance- “The Ballad of Piney Creek; A new Musical”
Sarojini Johnson- Art- “Seasons, Four Intaglio Prints”
Cathy Seibert, Lynne Stallings, and Mary Seig- Educational Studies and English- “Advancing ELL Student Success through Sustained and Symbiotic Professional Development for Inservice and Preservice Educators”

Cody Bennett- Biology- “The Mechanisms of Neuronal Death under Hypoglycemic Conditions"
Sam Colbert- Counseling Psychology and Guidance Services- “"The Effect of Sexual Identity Disclosure and Levels of Physical Affection on Prosocial Behavior toward Gay Men."
Kodi Kalpana- Biology- "Pharmaceutical and personal care product effects on algal function and community structure”
Brittany Maule- Biology- “Study of Vocational Interests”
Unai Miguel Andres- Biology- "Biophilic Characteristics of Asian Metropolitan Areas (a case study of Seoul, South Korea)"
Dan Royer- Educational Studies- “The Intersection of Community College Culture, Appreciative Inquiry, and Leadership: An Ethnographic Case Study”
Clayton Delancey- Biology- "Habitat Use by fledgling Cerulean Warblers (Setophaga cerulea) in Southern Indiana"
Kaushalya Herath – Urban Planning- "Nelibewa in Transition: The Spatial Impact of the transforming gender roles in rural Sri Lanka"

Undergraduate Research
Bryce Buchanan- Biology- “The Effect of Cellular Stress on Quality Control Protein Degradation Pathways."
Maren Orchard- Physiology and Health Sciences-"Preventing and Responding to Adolescent Dating Violence: School Health Teachers' Perceptions and Practices"
Lori Stanfield- Modern Languages and Classics- “Teaching Culture in Spanish Classes; A Methodological and Reflective Exploration”
Todd Myers- Medical Education- “Role of Glycogen in Preventing Deleterious Motor Memory Effects Caused by Insulin Induced Hypoglycemia"

Daniel Maggallanes- Art- “Oliver”

April 13, 2016

2016 Student Symposium Keys/Litten/Smith Award Winners

This 2016 Student Symposium at Ball State University took place this past Friday on the second floor of the LA Pittenger Student Center. The event included a poster session and moderated paper presentations throughout the afternoon. The day ended with a keynote address from Sue McDowell, professor of Biology and current Ball State Researcher of the Year, and the presentation of the Keys/Litten/Smith Awards.

2016 Student Symposium Keys/Litten/Smith Award Winners

Display Winner

Jelena Petricevic (Biology) and Maren Orchard (History)
Title: Work- Family Conflict in American Women: Association with Health Risk Behaviors and Health Outcomes
Mentor: Jagdish Khubchandani (Physiology & Health Science)

Content Winners

Cody Bennett (Biology)
Title: Glycogen Metabolism in Mice Generated by the Cre-Lox System
Mentor: Bartholomew Pederson (Medical Education)

Josh Bock (Kinesiology)
Title: Establishing the Reliability of Several Consumer-Based Physical Activity Monitors
Mentor: Alex Montoye (Kinesiology)

Seth Higgins (Kinesiology)
Title: The Influence of Incline Walking and Stair Ascending on Lower Extremity Mechanics in Older Adults
Mentor: Henry Wang (Kinesiology)

Christopher Indovina (Biology), Sarah Engle (Biology), Ashleigh South (Biology), and Jacob Davis (Biology)
Title: Determining Genes Required for Degradation of Translocon-Clogging Proteins       
Mentor: Eric Rubenstein (Biology)

Samuel Lawson (Psychology), Sarah Birkhead (Psychology), and Alexis Hamilton (Psychology)
Title: Using Twitter to Examine Male Aggression in Culture of Honor States
Mentor: Thomas Holtgraves (Psychology)

Daniel Smith (Chemistry)
Title: The Role of Glycogen in Hypoglycemia-induced Memory Loss
Mentor: Bartholomew Pederson (Medical Education)

Jeremy Walls (Biology)
Title: Exploring Environmental Controls on Toxic Algal Blooms to Promote Problem Solving and Quantitative Reasoning Skills in STEM Courses
Mentor: Allison Rober (Biology)

April 05, 2016

Join us at the 2016 Student Symposium this Friday, April 8th, at the L.A. Pittenger Student Center

On Friday, April 08, the 2016 Student Symposium at Ball State University will take place on the second floor of the L.A. Pittenger Student Center.

The Symposium will feature a poster session in the ballroom with over one-hundred student participants from all across campus, as well as moderated paper presentations taking place throughout the afternoon in various locations in the Student Center.

The Symposium opens to the public at 1pm and concludes with a ceremony at 3:45pm in Cardinal Hall. Remarks will be given by Sue McDowell, professor of biology and current Ball State University Researcher of the Year, followed by the presentation of the Keys-Litten-Smith awards.

Please join us this Friday afternoon at the L.A. Pittenger Student Center as we showcase Ball State's creative and scholarly student works.