Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

2018-19 Events


Summer Grant-Writing Workshop for Faculty and Staff

Thursdays from May 16th - June 20th, 1:00 - 3:00

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Summer Workshop in the Responsible Conduct of Research for Undergraduates

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 12:00 - 4:00 pm, ITTC 228
This workshop will help students become acquainted with key ethical issues involved in the responsible conduct of research. The workshop will address ethical data sharing and management, authorship, relationships with mentors and colleagues, research misconduct, conflicts of interest, and research ethics in society.  Ethics in research involving human or animal subjects will be introduced. The target audience is undergraduate students, but all students, faculty, and staff are welcome to participate.  Please register in advance to ensure we have enough space.  To register or for further information, email


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Project Management for Principal Investigators

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019, 3:00-4:00 pm, Rod Library 287

Principal Investigators on sponsored research contracts and grant programs typically have primary responsibility for quality, budget and schedule performance of the research project.  This presentation by Dr. Kelly Strong will provide some basic project management tools for principal investigators, including: pull planning, top down budgeting, quality control (managing expectations), scope definition, and sponsor buy-in.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 3:00-4:30 pm, Rod Library 301 (ScholarSpace)

Presented by Deanne Gute, Academic Learning Center Writing Coordinator, this workshop will focus primarily on how to avoid plagiarism of others' work as well as one's own but will also touch on collaboration in authorship and appropriate dissemination.  Co-sponsored by the Graduate College, Rod Library, & The Learning Center. Registration Requested.

Ethical Issues in Scholarship: Gender, Ethnicity, and Power

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 2:00-4:00 pm, MAU 109 (Center for Multicultural Education)

Panelists in this workshop will help participants become acquainted with key ethical issues involved in research and scholarship. This event will include presentations and interactive discussion on topics related to power relationships, including issues involving gender, race, and ethnicity.  Panel members will include Helen Harton, Professor of Psychology (Facilitator); Angela Burda, Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders; Lisa Hooper, Professor and Director, Center for Educational Transformation; and Seong-In Choi, Assistant Professor of Psychology.  Registration Requested.

Ethical Issues in Quantitative Research

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 2:00-4:00 pm, Rod Library 287 [Rescheduled from February 12]

This panel will help participants become acquainted with key ethical issues involved in quantitative research and scholarship. It will include presentations and interactive discussion on such topics as integrity in authorship, data management, and collaboration as they pertain to quantitative research methods. This panel discussion will be led by Helen Harton, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and include other faculty members who are experts in quantitative research methodologies.  Panel members will be Andrey Petrov, Associate Professor of Geography; Mary Losch, Director and Professor, Center for Social & Behavioral Research; and Josh Sebree, Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry.  Registration Requested.

Fatness, Body-Size Stigma, and Thin Privilege

Monday, March 11, 2019, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, MAU 109 (Center for Multicultural Education) [Rescheduled from March 5]

In this panel discussion, three faculty scholars will share their research and analyses of the changing socio-cultural perspectives on body size and fatness, including how “obesity” is currently perceived and sometimes misperceived by health professionals.  Have you wondered, for example, why it is now acceptable to charge fat people more for insurance coverage than thin people? Or does it seem self-evident to you that individuals with perceived behavioral health diagnoses--smoking, addictions, certain genetic conditions--should pay more? Can--and should--we equate how people look with the state of their health?  Susan Hill, Professor of Philosophy and World Religions, will discuss the historical context for these kinds of trends and explore the current state of medical research on fatness.  A second panel member, Fabio Fontana, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, will share his original research on the identification of anti-obesity biases among exercise-related professionals, whether these biases might translate into negative actions and behaviors of exercise-related professionals toward obese clients, and how weight-related bullying affects children and adolescents (in-progress).  Finally, Jesse Swan, Professor of English, will share his perspectives as a humanities scholar on love and hate, fat and fat stigma, and the hidden presumptions of thin privilege. Attendees will be encouraged to explore their own understanding and assumptions about fatness and how those affect their daily lives, interpersonally and professionally. Co-sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Registration Requested.

Survey Methods: You Need More Than a Monkey

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, Rod Library 287

Dr. Mary Losch, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Social and Behavioral Research at the University of Northern Iowa, will speak about highlights and resources for conducting quantitative surveys. Dr. Losch is a survey methodologist and evaluator who has designed and directed numerous survey, evaluation, and other applied social science research projects including a number in the areas of education, energy, public health and public policy issues.

Grant and Contract Budgets

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, Rod Library 287

Creating a budget can be one of the most daunting aspects of developing a grant proposal, but is critical to obtaining and successfully managing funding for sponsored projects. Rebecca Rinehart, Pre-award Specialist, and Michele Mullings-Shand, Associate Grants and Contracts Administrator, will provide an overview of the conceptual and technical components of good budgets.

Summer Grant-Writing Workshop

Thursdays from May 16th - June 20th, 1:00 - 3:00, Rod Library 287

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Is It Ethical to be a Millionaire?

Monday, April 1, 2019, 4:00 pm. UFG Conference Room, Curris Business Building
This presentation by David Surdam, UNI Professor of Economics, will revolve around the work of Thomas Stanley and William Danko's Millionaire Next Door book, and will make the point that most millionaires lead anonymous lives. 


IRB Training for Undergraduates

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 2:00-4:00 pm, Rod Library Room 287
This session will cover the ethical principles and regulations regarding research involving humans, including the UNI Institutional Review Board (IRB) review process and procedures.  Undergraduates are especially invited but all are welcome.  Sponsored by Office of Research & Sponsored Programs and the UNI Honors Program.  Registration Required.

IRB Training for Graduate Students

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 2:00-4:00 pm, ScholarSpace (Rod Library 301)
This session will cover the ethical principles and regulations regarding research involving humans, including the UNI Institutional Review Board (IRB) review process and procedures.  Graduate students are especially invited but all are welcome.  Sponsored by Office of Research & Sponsored Programs and the UNI Graduate College.  Registration Required.

Best Practices in Undergraduate Research

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 3:15 pm, Rod Library Room 378

Join us for a panel presentation/discussion to highlight best practices in undergraduate research. Topics include ways of thinking about undergraduate research, effective strategies or approaches, and important factors in mentoring students. Bring your experiences and questions.  Panelists:  Fabio Fontana (Kinesiology and Physical Education), Mickey Mack (Kinesiology and Physical Education), Alexa Sedlacek (Geology), Colin Weeks (Chemistry). Co-sponsored by RSP with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). 

Scholar Connexus

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 3:00-5:30 pm, Georgian Lounge & Slife Ballroom, Commons

This speed networking event is an opportunity to identify new research collaborators, share ideas and expertise, and meet new colleagues with similar scholarly interests in a fun, informal environment.  Registration is required.

Celebration of Research and Scholarship

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 4:00-5:30 pm, Georgian Lounge, Commons

This annual reception recognizes all of the faculty, staff, and administrators who contributed to seeking and managing external funding throughout the past year. All are welcome. Refreshments are served. 

Intro to Grant Seeking

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, ScholarSpace (Rod Library Room 301)

An introduction to external funding opportunities from foundations and government agencies. The basics of crafting a strong proposal and support available at UNI will be covered. Co-sponsored with the UNI Foundation.

PRAF and Budget Training

Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Rod Library 324 (Active Learning Classroom)

Learn to navigate UNI's internal approval process for grant and contract proposals. This hands-on session will cover the electronic Proposal Routing and Approval Form (PRAF) and budgeting templates. Support staff are particularly encouraged to attend; all are welcome.

Time and Effort Reporting

Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Rod Library 287

One of the most complex areas of grantsmanship is understanding the requirements surrounding tracking and reporting of payroll related costs, or time and effort reporting. Join us for a conversation on time and effort reporting compliance. Co-sponsored with the UNI Foundation.

Summer Grant-Writing Workshop

In May and June 2018, RSP held an experiential weekly grant-writing seminar for UNI faculty and staff.  Weekly sessions on various grant-writing topics were interspersed with individual, independent grant-writing activities, and culminated in a mock peer review panel at the end of the six-week session.  A similar workshop will be offered in Summer 2019.


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