Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.79
Liaison Yumiko Jakobcic
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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Grand Valley State University
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Yumiko Jakobcic
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability Practices
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability? :
Yes

A brief description of the student research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The Student Summer Scholars Program (S3) provides funds for a student and faculty mentor to devote twelve weeks to a research and/or creative project during the spring/summer semester. Generally, S3 Grants provide a student stipend, faculty stipend, and a small budget for supplies. Grants do not exceed $6,000. Through these grants and the mentorship of a faculty member, S3 program offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to do hands-on, professional research and creative practice in their chosen field. Combining academics, field work, and a reflection component provides students with a meaningful learning experience that helps to prepare them for graduate school and future careers. The program encourages student research in general with many projects focusing on sustainability.


Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics?:
Yes

A brief description of the faculty research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence demonstrates leadership by promoting a culture of active scholarship. The Center promotes innovation and enterprise, facilitates collaborations, and serves as an advocate for faculty scholarship. While the program promotes research from all disciplines, many projects involve elements of sustainability.


Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences brings together interested faculty with scholarly and creative interests in five areas: Borders, Brain, Health, Urban, and Water.  All clusters are open to CLAS faculty as well as faculty from other GVSU colleges.  Additional support in the form of grant opportunities, conference announcements, and other information is provided to these self-selected groups.


Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The library curates a Sustainability Research collection on its ScholarWorks website.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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