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April 2, 2012

'Speed networking' was centerpiece of New Faculty Researcher Luncheon

USU’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies kicked off this year’s Research Week with a New Faculty Researcher Luncheon, designed to give new faculty hired within the past year an opportunity to reconnect with research resources.

The hour-long event took place on Apr. 4 and began with a few remarks from Mark McLellan, vice president for research and dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

“This event is a new addition to Research Week, and it’s the first time we’ve tried something like this,” McLellan. “For many years we’ve held an extensive and helpful new faculty research orientation at the beginning of each new school year, but that’s a lot of material for a person to digest in a single sitting.”

The goal of this event was to get feedback from the new faculty about their past year’s experience, answer any questions they may have had, as well as help them build relationships with the staff from the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.

Each table seated two directors from the Office of Research and Graduate Studies with four new faculty members. After lunch, the attendees engaged in “speed networking,” during which RGS staff circulated among tables every few minutes to get acquainted with the other attendees.

“One of the main focuses at the Office of Research and Graduate Studies is to provide assistance and guidance,” said McLellan. “Our sole purpose is to help faculty succeed.”

- Jessica Nield