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Research & Scholarship Symposium 2022: Workshops: Friday February 18th

Workshops Session 1: 10:15 - 11:05am

Financial Conflicts of Interest

Researchers are obligated to disclose significant financial interests upon submitting a proposal for external funding or upon a change in financial interest which creates the possibility of a conflict of interest in regard to a research proposal. This presentation will explain the concept of financial conflicts of interest, how to disclose such, and how to meet USM's training requirements.

Presenter: Ross Hickey, JD, CIP, CPIA, Assistant Provost for Research Integrity

Audience: Student researcher/ faculty/staff (All)

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Using Midterm Assessments and Personas for Responsive Course Design

In this workshop we will be focused on two connected topics. First, is the importance of developing means of eliciting formative feedback from students, such as through our mid-term assessment. The second is on the creation and use of student personas to facilitate change in course design and improve instructor pedagogy. To achieve our goal we will use a combination of collaborative activities and group discussion. First, we will start with discussions of how to elicit feedback from students such as through a mid-term assessment or other means. Next, we will move on to a discussion and activity focused on how to interpret both qualitative and quantitative data to improve instructors’ courses and develop effective pedagogy. Finally, we will finish with activities focused on developing and using student personas that instructors can then take and use in their own courses. 

Presenters: Ryan Cody Hatcher, Learning Designer and Rucha Modak, PhD, Senior Learning Designer (CTEL)

Audience: Faculty/staff all levels

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Developing Surveys To Get The Data You Want

In the age of over-surveying, it is critical to deploy surveys that are useful and targeted. Join the staff of the Cutler Institute's Data Innovation Project to learn how to design a survey that will get you the information you need. We will discuss how to establish a survey objective and sampling strategy, develop a survey collection plan, improve your response rates, and write and format effective survey questions.

Presenter: Susy Hawes, Research Associate: CYF

Audience: Faculty/staff all levels

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Workshops Session 2: 11:15am - 12:05pm

We Can Help With That! Demystifying External Funding at USM

Description: This session will discuss how to apply for external funding at USM once you’ve identified a specific funding source. Whether your prospective funding is coming directly from the funding entity or being awarded to USM via a subcontract, the Research Service Center will support you through the process. The scope of this presentation will include:

  • How to get started

  • Partnering with your Grants and Contracts Manager

  • Developing a proposal work plan and timeline

  • Writing and developing your proposal

  • Securing approvals and submitting your proposal

  • Please note this session is for external funding only, so it does not include MEIF or Research Reinvestment funding.

Presenter: Tamara Blair Kirk, Director, Research Service Center, Cutler Institute & Maureen Wissman, Assistant Director, Research Service Center, Cutler Institute

Audience: Faculty/staff all levels

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Office of Research Integrity and Outreach-- Human Research Protection Program

All Faculty, Staff, and Students on the USM campuses wanting to submit a research project must contact the Office of Research Integrity and Outreach (ORIO) for project review. The process may seem daunting; which is why ORIO is here to help and guide you and answer questions along every step of the way. This short presentation will provide guidance for anyone wanting to conduct a research project and how to go through the process. We will also explain what ORIO provides and how we can help the with research projects.

Presenter:  Tina Aubut, Research Protection Assistant, ORIO

Audience: Student researcher/ faculty/staff (All)

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Conducting Meaningful Research with Undergraduates

Achieving a productive and meaningful research program with undergraduates requires, at the minimum, exceptional people skills, vigilant QA/QC oversight, clear goals and objectives, and a network of colleagues to share ideas and address policies and issues unique to the research environment. In this workshop session, we invite you to share your successes (and failures!). 

We will identify the main obstacles to conducting research with undergraduate students, focusing on the perennial issues of funding, limited time, competing pressures of teaching and service.  A starting point is to discuss the tremendous benefits of pulling students into research collaborations, whether occasionally when the opportunity arises, or as a programmatic aspect of your research. 

In a workshop style format we will address the following key areas:

•    How do you make research with undergraduates really “count” for both the faculty and the student?

•    How do you find time to work with undergrad researchers?

•    How do you fund USM students who also need to work?

•    How do you design projects that are doable within a semester or two?

•    How do you ensure success? (and what is success?!)

Presenters: Bruce Thompson, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Director of UROP; Dr. Joe Staples, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

Audience: Student researcher/ faculty/staff (All)

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