ANNUAL REPORT

to the Faculty Senate for fiscal year 2016

Prepared by Mark R. McLellan,
Vice President for Research
and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies

Strategic Goal 1: Grow and strengthen USU’s research portfolio
Strategic Goal 2: Foster success of USU’s graduate students
Strategic Goal 3: Enhance USU’s undergraduate research program
Activities of the Research Council
Activities of the Graduate Council
By the numbers
RGS division reports

Executive Summary

It has been five years since USU’s Research Office merged with the School of Graduate Studies. Over that time, we’ve worked to develop strategies and programs that capitalize on the strengths of both sides of our mission.

In fiscal year 2015-2016, we’ve continued that effort, focusing on enhancing the efficiency and efficacy of recently implemented initiatives.

RGS training programs have continued to grow in popularity and success; both our monthly workshop series (Training for Research Faculty and Graduate Training Series) grew in scope and attendance this year. Interest in our DC trip for new faculty to visit federal funding agencies also increased. We’ve continued to implement ideas and initiatives to streamline our processes and relieve effort from campus faculty and staff. Recruit by Ellucian has simplified the graduate student application process, and Kuali Research will make the grant proposal process a one-stop effort.

The future holds opportunities and challenges for RGS: fluctuations in F&A funding and proposal submissions will put pressure on the RGS budget for the next few years. Additionally, the transformation of Technology Transfer to an RGS division will require significant effort to build up as a key service for faculty and students on campus.