Closeup of part of the sculpture "Door of Return" by Kan Yasuda, located at the City Garden in St. Louis, Missouri.

VPRI hosts forum on return to research activities

Last Thursday, April 30, nearly 110 researchers, scholars, and creative artists from Miami University came together for a virtual forum on resuming research activities under the relaxed pandemic restrictions in the recent Stay Safe Ohio order.

During the forum, Vice President for Research & Innovation Jim Oris said measures taken to re-open campus to research, scholarly, and creative activities will be guided by the Return to Research Committee, which consists of 25 faculty and staff. Members of the committee were nominated by divisional deans and department chairs.

As the committee’s work progresses, Oris plans to host bi-weekly forums, with the next forum scheduled for Thursday, May 14. An invitation with a link to the forum will be sent several days prior to the forum. Any member of the Miami research community who must attend via phone may request a calendar invitation for the event.


Photo of Kan Yasuda’s “Door of Return” by Jennifer Morrow via Flickr, used under Creative Commons license.

Professors and students conduct research with historical maps and schematics.

VPRI to host series of forums discussing incremental resumption of research activities

As we look forward to a relaxation of Ohio’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order, Jim Oris, Vice President for Research and Innovation, will be hosting a series of online forums to discuss the logistics of resuming research, scholarship, and creative activities at Miami University while protecting the health of all members of our community. Miami faculty are invited to participate via Webex to learn what the university is doing to facilitate safe resumption of these activities, ask questions, and share ideas with administrative staff and fellow researchers, scholars, and artists.

The first forum will be held this Thursday, April 30, from 4:00 to 5:00pm. Miami faculty may provide their information in this form to request a calendar invitation.

The conductor and grand pianist are in the foreground of this image of a symphony orchestra.

Apply for CFR PREP program any time

Red hardcover book gutter with sewn pages flipping through the air ready for browsing. The cover has a shiny, plastic texture.

The University Senate Committee on Faculty Research (CFR) invites Miami University’s tenure-eligible and tenured faculty (including librarians holding the M.S.L.S. degree or equivalent) to apply for support from the Publication, Reprint, Exhibition, and Performance (PREP) Costs program. The PREP program provides reimbursement up to $500 for the following:

  • Journal page charges
  • Book publication
  • Article or book chapter reprint costs
  • Exhibition or performance costs
  • Performance or composition costs

Applications to this program may be made at any time.  Reimbursement is limited to $500 per faculty member per academic year.

Before applying for PREP program reimbursement, please read the program guidelines carefully.

Questions about the program may be directed to OARS or to Po-Chang Chen, 2019-2020 CFR Chair (513-529-2261).

About CFR

CFR is charged with supporting and encouraging the development of research and creative activity at Miami University.  In carrying out this charge, the CFR administers programs that support and celebrate faculty research and creative activities. Application to these programs is made through OARS.  Guidelines for all CFR programs — including detailed information, eligibility criteria, and application procedures — are available on the OARS website.


Orchestra photo by Miami University Photo Services.  Book photo by Horia Varlan via Flickr, used under Creative Commons license.

The conductor and grand pianist are in the foreground of this image of a symphony orchestra.

Apply for CFR PREP program any time

Red hardcover book gutter with sewn pages flipping through the air ready for browsing. The cover has a shiny, plastic texture.

The University Senate Committee on Faculty Research (CFR) invites Miami University’s tenure-eligible and tenured faculty (including librarians holding the M.S.L.S. degree or equivalent) to apply for support from the Publication, Reprint, Exhibition, and Performance (PREP) Costs program. The PREP program provides reimbursement up to $500 for the following:

  • Journal page charges
  • Book publication
  • Article or book chapter reprint costs
  • Exhibition or performance costs
  • Performance or composition costs

Applications to this program may be made at any time.  Reimbursement is limited to $500 per faculty member per academic year.

PREP awards were made to the following faculty in 2018-2019:

Luis Actis (Microbiology)
Bernard Au  (Art )
Ricardo Averbach (Music) 
William Berg (Kinesiology and Health)
Per Bloland (Music)
Rachel Blum (Political Science) 
Mike Brudzinski (Geology and Environmental Earth Science)
Joomi Chung (Art) 
Randal Claytor (Kinesiology and Health) 
Carole Dabney-Smith (Chemistry and Biochemistry) 
Thomas Fisher (Statistics) 
Maria Gonzalez (Biology) 
David Gorchov (Biology) 
Bartosz Grudzinski (Geography)
Kimberly Hamlin (Global and Intercultural Studies/History) 
Michael Hatch (Art) 
Susan Hoffman (Biology) 
Frank Huang (Music) 
John Humphries (Architecture and Interior Design) 
Mariana Ivanova (German, Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures) 
Ben Jacks (Architecture and Interior Design) 
Vrinda Kalia (Psychology) 
Brian Keane (Biology) 
Michael Kennedy (Chemistry and Biochemistry) 
Seonjin Kim (Statistics) 
Chun Liang (Biology) 
Patrizio Martinelli (Architecture and Interior Design) 
Claire McLeod (Geology and Environmental Earth Science) 
Kimberly Medley (Geography) 
Andrew Offenburger (History) 
Kaara Peterson (English) 
Ellen Price (Art) 
Jason Rech (Geology and Environmental Earth Science )
Lindsay Regele (History) 
Noriko Reider (German, Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures) 
Andrea Righi (French and Italian) 
Paul Schaeffer (Biology) 
Haifei Shi (Biology) 
Leonard Smart Jr. (Psychology) 
Nancy Solomon (Biology) 
Cecilia Suhr (Humanities and Creative Arts) 
Harvey Thurmer (Music) 
Paul Urayama (Physics) 
Michael Vanni (Biology)
Whitney Womack Smith (Languages, Literatures, and Writing) 
Mehdi Zanjani (Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering)

Before applying for PREP program reimbursement, please read the program guidelines carefully.

Questions about the program may be directed to OARS or to Po-Chang Chen, 2019-2020 CFR Chair (513-529-2261).

About CFR

CFR is charged with supporting and encouraging the development of research and creative activity at Miami University.  In carrying out this charge, the CFR administers programs that support and celebrate faculty research and creative activities. Application to these programs is made through OARS.  Guidelines for all CFR programs — including detailed information, eligibility criteria, and application procedures — are available on the OARS website.


Orchestra photo by Miami University Photo Services.  Book photo by Horia Varlan via Flickr, used under Creative Commons license.

The conductor and grand pianist are in the foreground of this image of a symphony orchestra.

Apply for CFR PREP program any time

Red hardcover book gutter with sewn pages flipping through the air ready for browsing. The cover has a shiny, plastic texture.

The University Senate Committee on Faculty Research (CFR) invites Miami University’s tenure-eligible and tenured faculty (including librarians holding the M.S.L.S. degree or equivalent) to apply for support from the Publication, Reprint, Exhibition, and Performance (PREP) Costs program. The PREP program provides reimbursement up to $500 for the following:

  • Journal page charges
  • Book publication
  • Article or book chapter reprint costs
  • Exhibition or performance costs
  • Performance or composition costs

Applications to this program may be made at any time.  Reimbursement is limited to $500 per faculty member per academic year.

Before applying for PREP program reimbursement, please read the program guidelines carefully.

Questions about the program may be directed to OARS or to Po-Chang Chen, 2018-2019 CFR Chair (513-529-2261).

About CFR

CFR is charged with supporting and encouraging the development of research and creative activity at Miami University.  In carrying out this charge, the CFR administers programs that support and celebrate faculty research and creative activities. Application to these programs is made through OARS.  Guidelines for all CFR programs — including detailed information, eligibility criteria, and application procedures — are available on the OARS website.


Orchestra photo by Miami University Photo Services.  Book photo by Horia Varlan via Flickr, used under Creative Commons license.

The conductor and grand pianist are in the foreground of this image of a symphony orchestra.

Apply for CFR PREP program any time

Red hardcover book gutter with sewn pages flipping through the air ready for browsing. The cover has a shiny, plastic texture.

The University Senate Committee on Faculty Research (CFR) invites Miami University’s tenure-eligible and tenured faculty (including librarians holding the M.S.L.S. degree or equivalent) to apply for support from the Publication, Reprint, Exhibition, and Performance (PREP) Costs program. The PREP program provides reimbursement up to $500 for the following:

  • Journal page charges
  • Book publication
  • Article or book chapter reprint costs
  • Exhibition or performance costs
  • Performance or composition costs

Applications to this program may be made at any time.  Reimbursement is limited to $500 per faculty member per academic year.

PREP awards were made to the following faculty in 2017-2018:

Phill Alexander (Interactive Media Studies)
Sheldon Anderson (History)
Brittany Aronson (Educational Leadership)
Ricardo Averbach (Music)
Robert Baker (Biology)
David Berg (Biology)
Dawn Blitz (Biology)
Jennifer Blue (Physics)
Joomi Chung (Art)
Joyce Fernandes (Biology)
Melany Fisk (Biology)
Mila Ganeva (GRAMELAC)
Thomas Garcia (Music)
David Gorchov (Biology)
Ryan Gunderson (Sociology and Gerontology)
Kazue Harada (GRAMELAC)
Frank Huang (Music)
John Humphries (Architecture and Interior Design)
Mariana Ivanova (GRAMELAC)
Michael Kennedy (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
Joel Malin (Educational Leadership)
Bryan Marshall (Political Science)
Claire McLeod (Geology and Environmental Earth Science)
Amanda McVety (History)
Beth Miller (Kinesiology and Health)
Michele Navakas (English)
Stephen Norris (History)
Kaara Peterson (English)
Luis Pradanos-Garcia (Spanish and Portuguese)
Ellen Price (Art)
Elise Radina (Family Science and Social Work)
Noriko Reider (GRAMELAC)
Andrea Ridilla (Music)
Kate Rousmaniere (Educational Leadership)
Paul Schaeffer (Biology)
Haifei Shi (Biology)
Aaron Shield (Speech Pathology and Audiology)
Cecilia Suhr (Humanities and Creative Arts)
Harvey Thurmer (Music)
Yoshinori Tomoyasu (Biology)
Carrie Tyler (Geology and Environmental Earth Science)
Jack Vaughn (Biology)
Karthik Vishwanath (Physics)
Craig Williamson (Biology)
Jing Zhang (Statistics)

Before applying for PREP program reimbursement, please read the program guidelines carefully.

Questions about the program may be directed to OARS or to Po-Chang Chen, 2018-2019 CFR Chair (513-529-2261).

About CFR

CFR is charged with supporting and encouraging the development of research and creative activity at Miami University.  In carrying out this charge, the CFR administers programs that support and celebrate faculty research and creative activities. Application to these programs is made through OARS.  Guidelines for all CFR programs — including detailed information, eligibility criteria, and application procedures — are available on the OARS website.


Orchestra photo by Miami University Photo Services.  Book photo by Horia Varlan via Flickr, used under Creative Commons license.

3D dollar sign in space orbiting over earth horizon.

Undergraduate Research Award applications due October 15

A student plays the violin while hooked up to biometric monitoring equipment. Two professors look on. Computers with graphs depicting the biometric information can be seen in the foreground.

Applications for Undergraduate Research Awards (URA) to support projects conducted during spring semester are due Monday, October 15.

For over three decades, the Miami University Senate has sponsored the URA to provide Miami undergraduates with a faculty-mentored experience in developing grant applications. These partnerships are meant to encourage discovery and stimulate creative activity.  Typical awards range from $150 to $500, but individual projects of exceptional merit or projects involving student teams may be funded up to $1,000. Each individual or team project must be endorsed by a sponsor who certifies that the project is worth doing, has educational value to the student(s) and can be accomplished in the proposed time frame. The aim and result of specific projects supported by the program may be modest as long as the work can reasonably be interpreted as research or a creative endeavor.

Students may submit individual projects or team projects. Each individual student project or team project must be endorsed by a sponsor who certifies that the project is worth doing, has educational value to the student(s) and can be accomplished in the proposed time frame.

Full program guidelines and application instructions are available here.


Dollar in space image by DonkeyHotey via Flickr, used under Creative Commons license. Psychology Lab music research photo by Scott Kissell, Miami University Photo Services.