The College is committed to nurturing and supporting our researchers, scholars, and artists by providing opportunities for professional growth and development and rewarding excellence in research, scholarship, and creative activity.
Programs for Faculty
A&S Program for Intensive Research
Recognizing that assistant professors would benefit from adequate time to complete research projects crucial to their tenure and promotion, the College of Arts and Sciences offers a workload adjustment program called ASPIRE: A&S Program for Intensive Research. Untenured professors who meet several expectations for performance and are making good progress toward tenure are eligible for a one-semester assignment of 100 percent research in their third year at the University.
Interested faculty are encouraged to talk to their chairs about ASPIRE requirements and timing.
College Academy of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity
Each year College faculty can apply for funding through our College Academy of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (CARSCA), which supports faculty involved in innovative projects. CARSCA funding recipients present their work at an annual conference held on campus.
Interested tenured and tenure-track faculty members may apply to join a 15-month grant-writing training program with external-funding expert David G. Bauer. At the successful completion of the program, each participant will have researched, drafted, and submitted a proposal for funding.
The College offers all faculty members a way to enhance their publishing opportunities through the Publisher-in-Residence Program, a one-year training program with well-known publishing expert George F. Thompson. At the successful completion of the program, each participant will have researched, drafted, and submitted a proposal for a book or have submitted a series of related articles, as appropriate to each academic field.
Programs for Students
Graduate Student Awards
Early each fall semester, the College of Arts and Sciences solicits nominations from departments for its annual graduate student awards (one nominee per award per department).
These awards, which come with monetary prizes, are given in the following areas:
- outstanding doctoral dissertation (three awards are given, one in each of the College’s three divisions: arts and humanities; natural sciences and mathematics; and social sciences)
- outstanding master’s thesis (three awards are given, one in each of the College’s three divisions: arts and humanities; natural sciences and mathematics; and social sciences)
- outstanding teaching by a doctoral student
- outstanding teaching by a master’s student
- outstanding research by a doctoral student
- outstanding research by a master’s student
- outstanding service by a graduate student
The recipients of these awards then become the College’s nominees for the University-wide awards sponsored annually by the Graduate School. Recipients of the Graduate School’s awards are usually announced early in the spring semester.
Undergraduate Research Funding
Students and their faculty mentors may apply for funding through the College’s Undergraduate Creativity and Research Academy (UCRA). Students who receive UCRA funds present their work at the University’s annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference; they are also encouraged to present their work at regional, national, and international conferences.