University of South Carolina

VPR announces summer research program for extended campuses

By Amy Caffee, caffeea@mailbox.sc.edu

The university’s research office will kick off a program to provide additional support for regional and senior campus faculty members for their research endeavors. 

“I saw a need to create a system by which our regional and senior faculty have the time release to develop their research programs in the summer months.  The campus deans and chancellors have been very supportive of this effort, which is critical for the success of this initiative,” said Prakash Nagarakatti,vice president for research.  

The Research Initiative for Summer Engagement (RISE) program provides financial support to faculty members at senior and regional campuses for summer salary, research supplies, travel related to research and undergraduate student support.  Faculty members can also use these funds to spend the summer collaborating with USC Columbia faculty members.  

USC Sumter’s Pearl Fernandes and USC Upstate’s Melissa Pilgrim will act as faculty liaisons for the regional and senior campuses, respectively.  

“We at Upstate are excited to partner with USC Columbia to offer a program that supports faculty research and scholarship,” Pilgrim said. “Such activities keep our faculty engaged not only within their professional field of study, but also with our students and the community – objectives central to our mission as a regionally responsive, needs driven university.”

One of the aims of the program is to help equip regional and senior campuses to better serve their local communities as well as support the larger university mission.

“Funding from Dr. Nagarkatti's office will not only enhance faculty scholarship on the regional campuses, but also strengthen undergraduate teaching as faculty bring their scholarship into the classroom,” Fernandes said. 

Chris Plyler, vice provost and executive dean for extended campus, expressed gratitude for the RISE program. 

“[It] provides a great opportunity for regional campus faculty to pursue productive scholarship,” Plyler said.    

You can view the Requests for Proposals on the VPR homepage for senior and regional campuses under "New Initiatives and Important Announcements."  Senior and regional campus faculty must submit their proposals to the VPR via USCeRA by 5 p.m. on Feb. 5.  Awards will be announced on March 5. 

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Posted: 12/12/12 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 12/19/12 @ 2:48 PM | Permalink