The Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, & the Arts (Office of URSA) is excited to announce this year’s call for faculty submissions for the 2021-2022 URSA Engage Program, which is designed to provide first- and second-year students, and transfer students in their first year at OSU, opportunities to pursue research or a creative activity under the guidance of an OSU faculty mentor.  

The mentor summary submission form can be found at this link. 

Below are the steps involved for the URSA Engage Program. More detailed information about eligibility and deadlines can be found on our website

  1. Faculty submit the mentor summary form by Friday, October 15, 2021 at 11:59pm. 
  2. The opportunities submitted by faculty will be posted on our website for students to view on October 22nd
  3. Students will read through mentor summaries and fill out a form that will be emailed to faculty mentors they are interested in working with.  
  4. Faculty and students will then discuss shared interests and whether they want to work together on a project. We encourage faculty to host group Zoom session(s) to chat with students prior to allowing them to apply.  
  5. Faculty will ultimately decide which student(s) they will allow to move forward with an application to the URSA Engage Program.
  6. Students who have secured a mentor will then apply to the URSA Engage Program. The Office of URSA will evaluate student applications. 

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We appreciate your partnership and willingness to mentor students early in their careers at OSU!  

The Graduate School is seeking qualified applicants for two positions. Please see below for details, and share this email with those who you think may be interested. Inquiries can be directed to Jessica Beck (jessica.beck@oregonstate.edu).

·         Instructor for GRAD 520: Responsible Conduct of Research
Accepting applications. Closing date August 27.
This is a fixed-term, non-tenure track part-time instructor position to facilitate a 2 credit, site-based course. Typically, the Graduate School offers the course multiple times during each academic year, though appointment as instructor to all sections is not guaranteed. To view the posting, visit: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/105602

·         Director of Graduate Success. 
Accepting applications. Closing date September 10.
This is a 12-mnoth, full-time position. The person in this role uses knowledge of Graduate School and OSU processes and policies to assist the graduate community with matters related to academic success and transition, graduate funding, and professional development. This person coordinates the Graduate School’s competitive award programs, manages graduate student care cases, provides leadership for graduate success efforts, including the coordination of the Graduate Success Center, New Graduate Student Orientation, GRAD-designator classes, new student communications, and Graduate Student Advisory Council. This person serves as the primary point of contact for faculty, staff, and students regarding graduate student care, graduate student events and partnerships, as well as competitive awards and courses offered by the Graduate School. To view this posting, visit: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/105610.

The UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is seeking outstanding candidates for the Paul D. Boyer / Donald J. Cram / Willard F. Libby Teacher-Scholar program.  This program provides both teaching and research opportunities for recent Ph.D. graduates (Ph.D. earned 2018-2022).
We will begin reviewing materials and applications on October 11, 2021.

We would greatly appreciate if you can share the flyer below with your department/division and research group alumni members. 
Application link: tinyurl.com/UCLAts22

Do you have former students or researchers who excelled at project management?  Or know of anyone else who may be interested in helping PIs manage large, complex projects?  We are recruiting for 1-2 new Research Program Coordinator (Project Manager) positions in the College of Engineering.  Our first two hires have been so successful that we’re expanding our team! 

Research Program Coordinator(s), College of Engineering Research Administration office at Oregon State University. Provide high-level project management and administration for several externally funded research projects, assist research project teams with strategic planning and effective operation of all project activities, liaise with collaborators and support services for each project, and manage a dynamic workload. Apply by 9/7/21 for full consideration at https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/105528. OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled employer.

Please contact me at cyndy.kelchner@oregonstate.edu with any questions.

Each year, the OSU Ecampus Research Unit funds projects, up to $20,000 each, to support the research, development and scholarship efforts of faculty in online education. Many OSU colleagues have had transformative experiences in the Ecampus Research Fellows Program. A recent Fellows study highlights the ways in which these projects have advanced research in online/hybrid education. Learn more and consider submitting an application beginning Sept. 8. Contact Naomi Aguiar, assistant director of research, with questions. 

You are receiving this communication, because you currently work within a College or Division slated to Go-Live in Wave 4 of OSU’s transition to Concur Travel & Expense.  As previously announced, you will go-live Monday August 2nd Please review the listing below of Key Changes and Key Dates so you can prepare for this upcoming transition.

Key Changes

·         Domestic & Foreign multi-day travel will require pre-trip registration in Concur.

·         The FIS Travel Policy has been revised, effective June 21st

·         A new Online Booking Tool within Concur will be available for Air, Car, Hotel and Rail bookings.

·         A new Travel & Expense Office has been created through re-organization of existing staff.

·         All travel and non-travel employee reimbursements will be processed through Concur.

·         Travel and departmental advances will be requested and issued through Concur.

·         All existing OSU credit cards will be replaced with new individually named cards.

·         New credit cards as well as updates to those credit cards will be requested through Concur.

·         Credit card transactions will be reconciled within Concur by the cardholder or their delegate.

Key Dates

7/30/21·         This is the last day to submit a TRES reimbursement request form.
8/2/21·         You will be able to login to Concur Travel & Expense.
8/2/21·         Daily drop-in sessions will be available to users 3-4pm via Zoom.
9/26/21·         Old procurement cards will be deactivated.

Training and Support

There are various training materials available to help get up to speed on the new Concur Travel & Expense software.  Please visit our training library to view training videos, process documents, or trip sheets.  We will be continually adding content to our various libraries. 

The Travel & Expense Office is holding open office hours via Zoom for in person support and assistance.  You can find the zoom details on the Contact Us page of our travel website.

For general questions regarding Concur Travel & Expense please feel free to contact our team via travel@oregonstate.edu. If you have any questions specifically about credit cards, please contact procurement.cards@oregonstate.edu

Upcoming deadline for SciRIS Stage 1 and the new COS Innovation Award proposals. Proposals are due on 15 July 2021, postmarked by 11:59 PM.

https://internal.science.oregonstate.edu/event/sciris-stage-1-proposals-and-new-innovation-award

The College of Science Research and Innovation Seed (SciRIS) Stages 1-3 Program, funds projects based on collaborative research involving the college community and beyond. The funds for this innovation seed program come from Education and General funds. We have updated the guidelines for our SciRIS Stages 1-3 that are effective immediately. Please visit the site above to review the new guidelines. 

We also have a pilot program, the Innovation Award also due. This award provides critical resources for projects that take a new direction, utilize a new technology or are in the “proof-of-concept” phase. Undergraduate & graduate students and faculty researchers can participate, with a preference given to graduate students and faculty who are developing new areas of research and/or establishing or augmenting research partnerships with external industrial partners. The Innovation award is made possible by funds from the College of Science Venture Fund.

I am forwarding you an email that all received last Friday, with a few notes about what this means for research in particular.

As of midnight tonight (12:01 am, 6/30/21), all COVID-related social distancing, capacity and mask mandates have been lifted.  This means that you may choose to meet in-person without wearing a mask (including on campus), and run labs and other facilities at pre-COVID densities.  Also, as a reminder, business travel is again permitted (since the beginning of June). In general, we are not to require of our employees or supervisees anything that is not required – for example, masks may not be mandated by us on others beyond what the policy specifies.

COS’ research page has been updated accordingly:

https://internal.science.oregonstate.edu/research-travel-resumption

This page can also be accessed from this site 

https://science.oregonstate.edu/covid-19 by clicking on the “research and travel resumption” tab. 

We will keep these pages updated for a few more months, until people are reasonably comfortable with the transition back to on-campus work.

Please take a moment to re-read Dan Larson’s note to campus and the associated websites.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Associate Dean Vrushali Bokil and your department head.

Sincerely,

Roy Haggerty

Effective September 7, 2021, Campus Mail and direct vendor deliveries ( FedEx, UPS, etc..) will resume.   We appreciate your patience this past year in retrieving all your items from the Research Way facility.  Our facility will continue to be open for mail and package pickup Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00am – 3:00pm until delivery resumes.

Any questions please contact

Judy.bankson@oregonstate.edu