February 05, 2016

ASPIRE Internal Grants Program for Students - Upcoming Deadlines!


Working on a thesis or major project? Planning to present at a conference or exhibition?

Then look to the ASPiRE Internal Grants Program as a funding resource!

The University Research and Creative Arts Committees would like to encourage students to consider applying for an ASPiRE Undergraduate student grant. Funds can be utilized to assist in project costs such as travel or supplies. Please note: All student projects require the support of a faculty mentor or advisor.

Undergraduate Student Competition:
Research: February 10 (Summer and Fall projects)
Supports the discovery of new insights, theories, or application of research to solve problems within the discipline or in society.

Creative Arts: February 10 (Summer and Fall projects)
Supports the creation of original works of creative arts.

Student Travel Grants:                   
15th of the month prior to travel date
For professional presentations of papers and/or posters, performances, etc., at meetings, conference or competitions.

See our website for detailed guidelines and application forms. 
For questions regarding the Aspire Internal Grant Program, please contact the Aspire Program Manager at: aspire@bsu.edu.

February 04, 2016

Congratulations to all Aspire Internal Grant Student Research and Creative Arts AY 2015/2016 Awardees

The Aspire Student Research Program hopes to support students in the process of study or discovery that will produce new insights, theories, or will apply such knowledge to problem-solving within the discipline or in society.
The Aspire Creative Arts Program wishes to support students in their creation or presentation of creative works.  Eligible projects are usually found in the categories of music, theater, dance visual arts, and creative writing.  Please see our guidelines for a more detailed list of examples. 
For this competition the maximum amount of money awarded is $500 for graduate students, $300 for all others, which can be used to cover SEET related costs.  We ask students to have a faculty mentor and to work closely with them while preparing for this competition.  Students are also expected to complete a final report form upon the completion of the project.
Congratulations to AY 2014/15 awardees:


Graduate Students
  • Hannah Killion  - Family and Consumer Sciences - "The Effect of Vermicomposting Knowledge and Visual Cues on Fruit Consumption in the Middle School Lunch Room"
  • Brittany Cymes  - Geological Sciences - “Phase Diversity and Chlorine-Sulfur Sequestration in Nickel Phyllosilicates from New Caledonia: An Investigation using Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)”
  • Emily Butcher  -  Anthropology - “Brushes, Blood, and Fangs: Social and Cultural Perspectives on Vampire Makeup”
  • Yuri Choi  -  Counseling Psychology and Guidance -“Study of Vocational Interests”
  • Tyler Williams  - Chemistry - “Adsorption of Duloxetine Using MIL-100-Fe Metal-Organic Framework and Detection by Quartz Crystal Microbalance”
  • Jeremy Walls  - Biology - “Effects of temperature on toxin release by cyanobacteria in a eutrophic lake”
  • Adam Ares  - Biology  -  “Evaluating the influence of plant species diversity on the bacterial degradation of dissolved organic matter in wetlands” 
  • Seth Higgins  - Biomechanics  - “Influence of Incline Walking on Frontal Plane Mechanics in Older Adults” 
  • James Van Hoven  - Counseling Psychology and Guidance - “Study of the Relationship between Partner Mutuality, Attachment and Vigilance for Symptoms of Chronic Pain” 
  • Jordan Davis  - Kinesiology  - “Relationship of Arterial Stiffness, Cardiovascular Disease Risk, and Select Markers of Physical Fitness” 
  • Kayla Mughmaw  - Biology  - “Assessment of DPH Effects on Sperm-Egg Zona Pellucida Binding and Protein Expression of Proacrosin and Beta-1,4-Galactosyltransferase in Mouse” 
  • Megan Hubbard  - Biology  - “Male Infertility Due to Dilantin: Examining Potential Decrease in Sperm Motility and CatSper Calcium Channel Abundance in Mouse Sperm Cells” 
  • Sarah Hovey  - Biomechanics  - "The Effect of Landing Type on Kinematics, Kinetics, And Muscle Activity During Landing” 
  • Cameron Behringer  - Biology - “Age related changes in nuclear, mitochondrial, and cytosolic malondialdehyde (MDA) levels in the rat kidney.” 
  • Stephen Davis  - Biology - “Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Product Degradation in two Indiana Wetlands” 
Undergraduate Students
  • Megan Schott  - Psychological Science - "The Effect of Trauma Type on Posttraumatic Growth"
  • Alyssa Jackson  - Psychological Science - "Self-Harming Behaviors in American Adults" 
  • Daniel C. Smith  - Medical Education - "Investigation of the role of Glycogen in the Prevention of Hypoglycemic Associative Memory Loss" 
  • Misael Lopez  - Biology - "The influence of a nicotine metabolite on Escherichia coli growth" 
  • Scott E Zello  - Biology - "Multi-stressor effects of PPCPs on Daphnia magna mortality, reproductive activity, and growth" 
  • David Huston  - Biology - "Classical Genetic Analysis of Yeast Growth Rates in Response to Anisomycin"
Graduate Students
  •  George Karst  - Music - “M├ęditation sur l'Eucharistie”
Undergraduate Students
  • Lauren Sherwood  - Fine Arts  - "To Be Human"

Congratulations to the AY 2015 / 2016 Advance Proposal Development Program Awardees

The goal of the Advance Program is to increase both the quantity and quality of competitive external grant proposals submitted by BSU faculty members and professional personnel.  As such, the Advance award will support a Principal Investigator’s (PI’s) proposal development needs by funding dedicated summer time, AY release time, travel and/or supplies for expenses that will directly impact the development and submission of a competitive external grant proposal.
To be eligible for an ADVANCE grant, the Principal Investigator (PI) must have a record of external proposal activity or have a strong record of scholarly or creative arts activity.
Congratulations to some of the AY 2015/16 awardees:
  • Shaoen Wu - Computer Science - "Exploiting Wireless Channel Dynamics for Mobile Device Authentication" Faculty Profile
  • Thomas Holtgraves - Psychological Science - "The Production and Recognition of Language-Based Intentions" Faculty Profile
  • Mary Kite - Psychological Science - "Stereotypes of Younger and Older Gays and Lesbians" Faculty Profile
  • Rui Chen - ISOM - "Exploring the Imperative Roles of Information Technologies in Supporting Emergency Improvisation" Faculty Profile
For questions regarding the Advance Program, please contact the Advance Program Manager, or email aspire@bsu.edu

February 02, 2016

2016 Student Symposium Extended!

Registration for the 2016 Student Symposium at Ball State University has been extended to Monday, February 8, 2016. 

Visit the www.bsu.edu/studentsymposium for guidelines and registration. 

The Student Symposium at Ball State University offers students an opportunity to showcase their research projects and creative endeavors in either the adjudicated poster session or moderated paper presentations. The Student Symposium will take place Friday, April 8, 2016, on the second floor of the L. A. Pittenger Student Center.

All Ball State University students are eligible: undergraduate, graduate, those from Burris Laboratory School, and the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities. Students must be currently enrolled at Ball State University, must have engaged in academic activities either inside or outside the classroom, and must have been advised by a Ball State faculty mentor. Students from all disciplines are invited to participate in this event.

January 11, 2016

2016 Student Symposium Registration and Guidelines now available

 2016 Student Symposium Registration and Guidelines are now available.

-- 2016 Student Symposium --
WHEN: April 8, 2016
1:00 - 4:30pm
LA Pittenger Student Center
2nd Floor

-- Registration --
BEGINS: January 11, 2016
ENDS: February 8, 2016 - EXTENDED

-- Information --
Be sure to read the 2016 Student Symposium Guidelines before registering.

-- Questions --
Please email STUSYMPOSIUM@bsu.edu if you have any questions, changes, or wish to cancel.

December 01, 2015

Save the Date! 21st Annual Student Symposium at Ball State University

Save the Date!
21st Annual Student Symposium at Ball State University

Friday, April 8, 2016
L.A. Pittenger Student Center, 2nd floor

For over twenty years the Student Symposium at Ball State University has provided students with the opportunity to present their creative and scholarly projects while competing for cash prizes and gaining valuable insight from faculty and staff judges from across the University.

The Symposium encourages interdisciplinary discourse, allowing students to learn from each other about engaging topics.

The symposium also provides an opportunity for student participants to discuss their work with a broader audience than what is usually found in the classroom.

The Student Symposium accepts both poster and paper presentation entries and is open to any student from Ball State University (undergraduate and graduate), Burris Laboratory School, and the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities.

Guidelines and registration information available soon!

November 30, 2015

Ball State Research, Fall 2015

Ball State Research, Fall 2015

You can read Ball State Research on Issuu here and on the Ball State SPA website.

November 19, 2015

RSVP for Research Week's final workshop: Budget Development -- 9:30-10:30am Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 -- Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library

The Ball State Sponsored Projects Administration wraps up the annual Research Week tomorrow (Friday, November 20, 2015).

Don't miss our workshop on Budget Development hosted by SPA's Associate Director of Pre-award Operations Jacqueline Davis from 9:30 - 10:30am at the Schwartz Complex on the 1st floor of Bracken Library.
You can RSVP for the Budget Development workshop here.
Developing a project budget and appropriate funding request can make or break your proposal. You know what you want to do and how you want to do it. You have measurable goals, a strong evaluation plan and the best collaborators. You have found a sponsor whose funding priorities are in line with your project. What’s left? THE BUDGET. How much do you ask for? What costs can or should you ask for? How much will your project cost? Welcome to Budget Basics! This session will provide an approach to budget development that can be applied to any type of project or proposal. You will also leave with a basic understanding of the terms “Allowable, Allocable, Reasonable, Costshare and the Prudent Person Test.” This session is open to all grantseekers, regardless of grantwriting experience.

Unfortunately, PechaKucha 20X20 Night has been canceled.

Congratulations to the AY 2015/2016 Start-Up Program Awardees!

Tenure-track faculty in their first year of employment with Ball State University who have not received significant research‐related or creative endeavor start-up funds from their department or college are eligible for the Start-Up Program, offered under SPA's Aspire Internal Grants for Faculty.

The aim of this program is to help new faculty members purchase supplies, research-related items, and travel to conferences or workshops with a one-time $3,000 supplies, expenses, equipment, and travel (SEET) grant.

The Ball State University Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) congratulates the

AY 2015 / 2016 Start-Up Program awardees:

James Keretes - CAP - “Deviating from Convention: Finding Opportunities in Errors” 
Caroline Hand - CFA - “Female Composer Performance and Research” Faculty Profile
John West - CAP - “The Rule of Choice: How Economic Theory Became Practical Policy” Faculty Profile
Nathan Bogert - CFA - “Saxophone Student Start-Up (A new Student Guide to Professional Saxophone Equipment)” Faculty Profile
Emily Rutter - CSH - “Invisible Ball of Dreams: Literary Representations of African American Baseball Experiences” Faculty Profile
Simon Balto    - CSH - “Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power” Faculty Profile
Laura Bassette - TC - “The Use of Technology to Teach Adolescents with Autism Physical Activity  in Community Settings” Faculty Profile
Sean Hildebrand - CSH - “Controlling Disasters: Local Emergency Management Perceptions About Federal Emergency Management and Homeland Security Actions Since September 11, 2001” Faculty Profile
Jerry Woodward - CSH - “The construction of algebraic reasoning in and through multiplicative concepts” Faculty Profile
Deborah Davis - CCIM - “Student Success & Faculty Advising, Innovative Pedagogy & Student Success in Active Learning Environments, Use of Mobile Technology in the Public Relations Sector”
Faculty Profile
Katy Didden - CSH - “The Lava on Iceland” Faculty Profile
Martin Smith-Rodden - CCIM - “Start Up funds for Laboratory for Media Psychology at BSU” Faculty Profile
Jill Bradley-Levine - TC - “Research Study of Teacher Leaders’ Influence on Teachers’ Perceptions of the Teacher Evaluation Process” Faculty Profile
Rachel Fredericks - CSH - “Moral Responsibility” Faculty Profile
Lisa Hawkins - TC - “Novice Teacher Enactment of Classroom Talk During Primary-Grade Writing Instruction: A Case Study” Faculty Profile
Alexandra List - TC - “Parsing Plagiarism: Examining Students' Writing Based on Multiple Texts” Faculty Profile
Leeann Lower - CAST - “Qualitative Investigation of the Collegiate Sport Club Model”
Nicole Martin - TC - “Teaching Informational Reading and Writing in Kindergarten” Faculty Profile
Elizabeth Wanless - CAST - “Step Up for Health: Boys and Girls Club” Faculty Profile

For questions regarding the Aspire Program, please contact the Aspire Program Manager, or email aspire@bsu.edu

November 12, 2015

Research Week 2015 Schedule

Research Week 2015

The Sponsored Projects Administration is proud to present Research Week 2015. Research Week is a series of professional development opportunities, information sessions and special presentations designed especially for the Ball State research community. RSVPs are welcome for all events (links in the descriptions), but not required.

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Research Week 2015 Schedule:

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Research Week 2015 Session Presentations (.pptx) available.