This is the annual call for USA Faculty Development Council (USAFDC) proposals. The purpose of the USADFC grant is to initiate and strengthen research programs and to increase faculty/program competitiveness for extramural grants. Additionally, USADFC supports worthy projects for which external funding is not generally available. Please refer to the "General Guidelines for USAFDC Grant Applications" for additional information on what is acceptable, as well as inappropriate under USADFC funding. The application can be downloaded by clicking here. The General Guidelines for preparing the proposal are available here.
The deadline for receiving complete application packages in the Graduate School Office, AD 300, is Monday, January 27, 2014. Applications requiring IRB review are accepted pending approval. Refer to the general guidelines for USAFDC grant applications for complete details. It is anticipated that awards will be announced in late March. Award recipients are expected to present outcomes of USAFDC projects at a future Annual Research Forum.
The University of South Alabama will host its first Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition at the 21st Annual Spring Research Forum on Thursday, March 13, 2014. The competition will be held from 1:00 – 2:00 pm in the Shelby Hall Auditorium. Please note that the 3MT competition is part of the annual USA Faculty Development Council’s Research Forum presentation and poster session, times for the event are 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
3MT is a research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland and is quickly gaining popularity at universities in the US and internationally. Graduate students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. 3MT challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience.
There was a strong response to the first competition. Criteria for selection were: (1) Clarity of abstract to a non-specific audience, (2) possible broad impact of thesis work, and (3) diversity in representation of USA colleges and schools. A panel of faculty judges selected ten outstanding competitors:
Joshua Cazalas/Computer Science
“Probing the Limits of Virtualized Software Protection”
Mentor: Dr. Todd McDonald
Matt Connell/Environmental Toxicology “How Your Pipes May Affect the Water You Drink”
Mentor: Dr. Andrew Whelton
Kelsey Cook/Speech‐Language Pathology “Communicative Outcomes of Children with Autism
Spectrum Disorders following a Parent‐Implemented Therapy Program”
Mentor: Dr. Brenda Beverly
Emily Corley/Psychology “Face-Off: ADHD vs. Control Performance on the CVLT-II”
Mentor: Dr. Benjamin Hill
Jacob Deal/Chemical Engineering “Efficient Platinum Catalysts for Hydrogen Production”
Mentor: Dr. Christy Wheeler West
Blane Green/Chemical Engineering “Lipidic Ionic Liquids a ‘Solution’ to Air Pollution”
Mentor: Dr. Kevin West
Nancy Jo Maples/Communication “What Losing a Daily Newspaper Means: an Upclose and
Personal Look at the Death of the Daily Delivery” Mentor: Dr. James Aucoin
Laura Stone/Marine Sciences “Using Acoustic Telemetry to Estimate Release Mortality of the Gulf of
Mexico Greater Amberjack Stock”
Mentor: Dr. Sean Powers
Eric Wood/Environmental Toxicology “Synthesis of Novel Norcantharidin Analogs Towards
Development of Antitumor Drugs”
Mentor: Dr. Richard Honkanen
Jeff Zabolotney/Biology “Magnetic Growth Stimulation of Microalgae for Biofuel”
Mentor: Dr. Timothy Sherman
For further information, please visit the 3MT website at www.threeminutethesis.org
Please contact the graduate school office (6-6310) if you have any questions.