Pace-Wide Research Days 2014
At the suggestion of Provost Uday Sukhatme, the Office of Sponsored Research has organized these two exciting Research days at PLV and NYC. In mirroring a practice undertaken by Pace one year ago, and most of Pace’s peers, and universities in our ‘neighborhood,’ this is a clear signal from the Provost of the increased importance of research and scholarship in all aspects of academic life at Pace. These include promotion and tenure considerations, applying for external funding to support the research, involving students in these exciting endeavors, bringing the latest cutting edge research into the classroom (i.e., ‘scholar teachers’), spreading the word within Pace of research being undertaken in the different Schools and thereby providing opportunities for interdisciplinary research, and use as a recruitment tool, just to name a few benefits.
It is rewarding to see that the faculty have risen to the occasion with over 200 scholarly participants, including authors, co-authors, and students, on both campuses. Much of this research is being supported by external funding obtained competitively. In the last complete Fiscal Year, Pace faculty and staff submitted 151 proposals, an 8% increase over the previous year. In successful awards, we received a dollar increase of 13% over the previous year. (We attribute some of these increases to the very successful First Annual Research Day of one year ago.) Those who received external funding are being recognized by Pace on Research Day(s), and also will receive 5% of the indirect costs in their awards to use to further their research. Awards will also be given to those with the best Research Day presentations (after the event), as determined by the Faculty Research Day Review Committee, with representatives from each School.
This is the Second Pace-Wide Research Day involving all six Schools, with emphasis on the faculty, staff, and students. There are other Pace-Wide events such as the Annual Undergraduate Research Showcase by The Office of Student Success which involve students partnering with faculty, and the Faculty Research Forum. Most of the individual School events emphasize undergraduate students such as Undergraduate Science Research Day (held every Spring) and the Society of Fellows Research Day (Friday, March 28th) in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. Others include Nursing Scholarship Day in the College of Health Professions and the Michael L. Gargano Annual Student Faculty Research Day in the Seidenberg School of Computer Science (Friday May 2nd) and Information Systems. The Lubin School of Business participates in this Research Day, as do all the Schools. Other events include The Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship and the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies. Thus, the Schools have a history of recognizing research and scholarship with an emphasis on student-faculty interaction. These Research Days are unique in that all the schools are represented in NYC and PLV at one time and in one place.
It is our hope that by bringing faculty and students from all the Schools together in one event, we will learn more of each other’s cutting edge research and scholarship at Pace, and that the results will be greater than the sum of the individual Schools