Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

2019 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. 

Fall 2019 EVENTS

Grants & Contracts Training and Workshops

Provided by the Research & Sponsored Programs office, these recurring trainings provide an open forum for investigators and administrative staff with experience in award management.  All trainings are held twice a month in the RSP conference room 201 in 213 East Bartlett.  No registration required.  To add a specific date to your Google calendar, please click on one of the links below.  For the complete fall list of dates and training times, please visit the RSP Events Google Calendar.

Cost Transfers & Postaward Project Management – This training session will cover cost transfers and other topics related to postaward project management. 

  • On the following dates from 1 – 2 pm:  TUE 9/3  –  TUE 9/17  –  TUE 10/1  –  TUE 10/15  –  TUE 11/5  –  TUE 11/19.

PRAF – Learn to navigate UNI's internal approval process for grant and contract proposals.  This session will walk through the electronic Proposal Routing and Approval Form (PRAF) and have time for questions.  Support staff and Principal Investigators are particularly encouraged to attend; all are welcome. 

  • On the following dates from 1- 2 pm:  WED 9/4  –  WED 9/18  –  WED 10/2  –  WED 10/16  –  WED 11/20.

Cost Share – Cost-share, match, in-kind dollars, leveraged funds...what is it really, how should it be handled in a proposal, and how do I report it at UNI?  This session will provide a detailed look at cost share and reporting cost share at UNI.

  • On the following dates from 1 – 2 pm:  WED 9/11  –  WED 9/25  –  WED 10/9  –  THU 10/24  –  THU 11/21  –  THU 12/5.

Final Accounting – Final accounting is the financial reconciliation of your sponsored project, which helps you take a "final look" at your project and all the expenses related to your project.

  • On the following dates from 10 – 11 am:  TUE 9/10  –  WED 9/25 (9 – 10 am)  –  TUE 10/8  –  WED 10/23  –  TUE 11/12  –  WED 12/4.

Budgeting – An accurate budget is critical to obtaining and successfully managing external funding.  This session will provide an overview of the conceptual and technical components of good budgets. 

  • On the following dates from 1 – 2 pm:  MON 9/16  –  MON 9/30  –  MON 10/14  –  MON 10/28  –  MON 11/11  –  MON 12/2


Ethical Data Management & Presentation 

Thursday, September 12th, 2019, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, CME 109P

Led by Helen Harton, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, this session will present and discuss ethical issues in data storage and management, as well as how to ethically author and present your results using various methods of dissemination.  

2019 OHRP Exploratory Workshop – Privacy & Health Research in a Data-Driven World (Live Webcast)  

Thursday, September 19th, 2019, 7:15 am - 3:15 pm

This exploratory workshop hosted by the Office for Human Research Protections is an educational event for the benefit of the research community.  Consisting of three sessions, the workshop will cover the following areas: Is Privacy a Casualty of Advancing Research? (Session I); Approaches to Protecting Privacy & Confidentiality (Session II); Protecting Privacy & Confidentiality: A Shared Responsibility (Session III). This live webcast is open access and free of charge.  Please visit for the access link and event agenda.

Celebration of Research and Scholarship 

Thursday, September 19th, 2019, 4:00-5:30 pm, Georgian Lounge, Commons

This annual reception recognizes all of the faculty, staff, administrators, and support staff who contributed to seeking and receiving external funding throughout the past year.  All are welcome.  Refreshments are served.  No registration necessary.

IRB Training for Undergraduates 

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Rod Library 301 (ScholarSpace)

Presented by IRB Chair Todd Evans, Ph.D., 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.  Cosponsored by the UNI Honors Program.  

Social Responsibility in Research 

Thursday, September 26th, 2019, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, CME 109P

Helen Harton, PhD., Professor of Psychology, will present and lead discussion on the ethical issues involved in conducting research projects involving human participants, animal care and use, and the potential impacts of research integrity or misconduct on communities and society.  

IRB Training for Graduate Students 

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019, 2:00-4:00 pm, Rod Library 301 (ScholarSpace)

Presented by IRB Chair Todd Evans, Ph.D., 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.  Cosponsored by the UNI Graduate College. 

Informational Meeting on the Iowa Energy Center Grant Program 

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, 213 East Bartlett Hall (Conference room 201)  

The Iowa Energy Center Grant program provides grants to eligible applicants for projects that provide a benefit to Iowa ratepayers.  Iowa businesses, colleges and universities, and private nonprofit agencies and foundations are all eligible to apply.  Dan Nickey of the Iowa Waste Reduction Center at UNI sits on the Iowa Energy board and will provide an overview of this funding source and provide suggestions to potential applicants. No registration required.

Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research 

Monday, October 28th, 2019, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, MAU, Presidential Room

Susan Etscheidt, Department Head and Professor of Special Education, will moderate a discussion on ethical principles for the framework, design, and conduct of qualitative research. Discussants will include Kyle Rudick, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in Communication Studies, and David Hernandez-Saca, Assistant Professor of Special Education. Dr. Rudick will present on Krumer-Nevo's work framework for conducting qualitative research in ways that do not Other participants. He will discuss concepts of objectification, de-contextualization, and de-historization, and de-authorization, and how to evaluate one's own or other's research using these criteria. Dr. Hernandez-Saca will present on two sets of ethical principles within the fields of special education and Disability Studies in Education (DSE) that can be operationalized through anchoring student and participants' voices for theory, research and practice. These include the Council of Exceptional Children's ethical principles and Disability Justice principles (PDF) in order to theorize a consilience ethic at the boundaries between traditional special education and DSE in qualitative research with dis/abled students (with disabilities). Implications for how one feels and thinks about their conceptual framework through this discussion about all the elements of the research process including research questions, literature review, theoretical and conceptual framework, methods, methodologies, findings, discussion, conclusions and implications will be discussed and tied to such a discussion of ethics in qualitative research. 

Scholar Connexus 

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019, 3:00-5:00 pm, Georgian Lounge & Slife Ballroom, Commons

The annual Scholar Connexus is an opportunity to network with UNI colleagues, identify new research collaborators, share ideas and expertise, and meet new people with similar interests in a fun, informal environment.  Registration is required in order to facilitate the necessary matching of individuals for paired conversations.  Refreshments are served.  For more information, visit

Transparency and Integrity in Quantitative Research 

Thursday, October 31st, 2019, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Rod Library 287

Did you know that some journals or reviewers now prefer or even require that you pre-register your research study before you collect data?  Or that you must have a plan to make your data public for federal grants and many journals?  Transparency in research has been evolving rapidly in the past several years--you want to make sure you're caught up on the latest best practices.  In this workshop, presenters will describe what pre-registration is, why it matters, and how to do it (including templates and websites).  They will also explain what a data management plan is and what funders are looking for in them, discuss common issues that arise (e.g., privacy), and give you several options for making your data and materials public.  This multidisciplinary session will be presented by Helen Harton, Professor of Psychology; Rebecca Rinehart, RSP Preaward Grants Specialist; and Ellen Neuhaus, Digital Scholarship Librarian.  

Export Controls for Faculty & Staff 

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Rod Library 218

UNI Export Controls Officer Kyle Fogt will outline what faculty and staff need to know about federal export control regulations, which govern the “exporting” (sharing) of information, equipment, or software with individuals from other countries.  Those who travel internationally, are engaged in sensitive technical research, use special equipment, and/or have international students or collaborators are especially encouraged to attend.  You will learn which “exports” are controlled and how to guard against violating these laws and regulations, as well as what the consequences may be if you do so.