It has been another banner year for Utah State faculty as we again reached over $200 million in new grants and contracts and outpaced many of our peers in research growth. I was invited to come here to Utah State by President Stan Albrecht to join a dynamic, hungry university -- full of excitement, pride of accomplishment and vision for the future. I have not been disappointed in my choice!
When I made the move from a very large SEC school to USU, I wondered what my future held. I can tell you that riding this big blue bull has been a whirlwind – not without its challenges but full of joy and achievement. And Aggie football – as good as it gets! In my first year, I have seen our USU faculty bring home significant grants and contracts and setting a leadership pace for the state. As lead on the $20 million State of Utah EPSCoR grant from the National Science Foundation, our faculty are rallying fellow researchers and teachers across the state. Our partners include the University of Utah, Utah Valley University, Weber State University, Salt Lake Community College and others to shed light on the growing challenge of water management up and down the dry Wasatch front. We also welcomed a new $15 million Dept. of Education grant in early childhood development.
Utah State University is on track for a major initiative to increase our graduate training to produce more highly trained students ready to serve Utah’s growing information and high- tech economy. This effort means new commitments by our faculty to seek external support and an expanded effort from administration for doctoral program support. Additionally, USU has recently launched the USU Presidential Doctoral Research Fellows program. These four-year fellowships offer competitive funding and training to attract the best graduates in the country and the world to USU!
As we celebrate the end of our first capital campaign, attracting over a half billion dollars in donations and support, our future as a world-class research institution is well positioned. And as Utah’s land grant university, we are intent on bringing this world-class experience to our regional campuses in Brigham City, Price and Vernal, as well as every county of Utah.
This has been a year of success and growth ... fully a year of “wow”! Thank you for welcoming us to this great state and allowing me to be a part of a vibrant place of teaching, a world-class place of research, and a citizen’s university dedicated to making a difference in Utah --- city by city, county by county and student by student.
Mark R. McLellan
Vice President for Research and
Dean of the School of Graduate Studies Utah State University
(high research activity), according
to the Carnegie Foundation
program in the nation.
Sponsored Programs facilitates university research by processing proposals, conducting negotiations, helping researchers find and obtain funding and playing an important role in contract administration.
Proposal Development is dedicated to expanding externally funded research at Utah State University through management of the proposal development process on strategically important submissions.
Research Development was created this year to enhance USU’s research portfolio by taking a proactive approach to strategically develop research strengths and faculty teams.
EPSCoR is the first large-scale strategic initiative assisted by Research Development. The proposal process yielded a $20M grant for the state over the next 4 years for water-related research.
- NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) workshop
- Restructure new faculty research training to provide year-round contact.
- Initiate involvement with NSF’s Science and Technology Centers program.
- Create institutional boilerplate resource for grant proposals.
The School of Graduate Studies serves as the central administrative body that promotes, supports, and reviews graduate education at Utah State University to ensure consistency and excellence in all graduate degree programs.
Associate Vice Presidents for Research
of all matriculated USU students
of all USU degrees
website, social media,
orientations, focus groups,
graduate training grants,
A sampling of approved theses and dissertations:
- Effects of single panel replacement of concrete bridge deck system
- Late adolescents’ perceptions of a digital generation gap
- Integrating remote sensing and ecosystem models for terrestrial vegetation analysis
- Developing global communication skills for technical communicators in the 21st century
- Sustainable ski resorts in the state of Utah
- Homesickness and the location of home
- Implications for brown trout invasion success
accepted to USU
* E&G (college/department), Sponsored programs (faculty), other (college/departments), F&A (college/department), RCDE
Professor Tim Gilbertson (Biology) was selected as this year’s Graduate Mentor of the Year. He was recognized at USU’s Research Gala, held during Research Week.
USU’s Graduate and Undergraduate Research programs are designed to increase student engagement in research projects, funding and presentation opportunities.
for Graduate and
USU’s fellowship program was restructured to focus on attracting top-flight researching doctoral students to campus. Ten students were selected for this year’s cohort.
A summer research grant program was launched in April 2012 to an unprecedented response from undergraduates.
Environmental Health and Safety strives to prevent injury, illnesses, and environmental damage through the recognition, evaluation, and control of potential hazards arising from university activities.
Health and Safety
hazardous materials (recycled)
waste shipped off-site
building maps created
The Institutional Review Board reviews proposed research involving human participants, educates the university community about human participants research, and oversees compliance issues.
Special Education: an evaluation of plyometric training for improving motor abilities of children with cerebral palsy.
Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning: an experimental study on pedestrian and evacuation procedures of people with disabilities.
Psychology: a study of sexual education histories, knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of college students, including an intervention designed to improve and increase knowledge, integrate values with attitudes and behaviors, and increase knowledge, integrate values with attitudes and behaviors, and increase college student efficacy in establishing healthy, value-congruent sexual patterns.
The goal of Compliance Assistance is to enhance USU’s culture of research excellence in the areas of compliance, regulatory awareness and research integrity.
The program is designed to introduce students and postdoctoral fellows to the responsible conduct and reporting of research.
OCA helped implement conflict of interest disclosure procedures responsive to recent regulations from the Dept. of Health and Human Services.
The Division of Research Computing provides high performance computing hardware and software resources to faculty and students at no cost to them.
Alexander Boldyrev asks:
- How does chemical bonding occur in coronene, isocoronene, and circumcoronene?
Jiming Jin asks:
- What’s an optimal scheme of crop planning for sustainable development and soil utilization?
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that the Animal Welfare Act policies and procedures are followed.
Research Center and
Institutional Animal Care and
The communications team assists with internal and external information and marketing needs for all RGS divisions to assist and support their core functions.
Could Divorce Lead to Dementia
(Men’s Health, August 2, 2011)
Utah State University Researcher Spins Spider Silk from Goat Milk
(The Republic, July 10, 2011)
Long Live the Fat American
(The Economist, June 30, 2011)
How Couples Sabotage Their Finances
(MSNBC, June 13, 2012)
15-Year Study Shows Positive Connection Between How Parents Play with Toddlers and Their Children’s Academic Success
(Wall Street Select, March 6, 2012)
Goat-hair Silk May Help Heal Wounds
(Modern Medicine, National, Online, 08/31/2011)
Small Satellites Prompt Big Ideas for Next 25 Years
(MSNBC, Oct. 18, 2011)
- USDA Awards Organix NIFA Grant for Scalable, Integrated Anaerobic Digester & Fiber Processing Unit – Yahoo!