Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.94
Liaison Robin Frederick
Submission Date July 21, 2022

STARS v2.2

Indiana University Southeast
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Robin Frederick
Coordinator of STARS Assessment
Administrative Affairs
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:

A brief description of the student sustainability research program:

IUS provides multiple avenues to encourage students to conduct research all of which can cater to sustainability if a student chooses to pursue a sustainability research topic:

Student Travel Awards
Provide partial travel funding for students who have the opportunity to participate in a student or professional meeting. Funds are limited and awarded competitively by the Dean for Graduate Studies and Research Office. The Student Funding Review Request should be completed by the faculty sponsor. IU’s travel policy at this point permits only “essential” out-of-state domestic or international university travel. Other out-of-state domestic or international travel on university business is prohibited. For further details and up-to-date information see the Research Restart Guidelines webpage. Student travel awards are limited to registration for virtual conferences or virtual professional development opportunities.

Note: the funding request will also route to the Student Affairs Office for possible funding there as well.

Student Research Fellowships (Undergraduates only)
Four fellowships of $1,015 are awarded each semester (fall, spring, and summer) to allow students to carry out major independent projects under the supervision of a faculty member. Students may also apply for $500 in research supplies and equipment. Faculty mentors receive a $500 stipend. Applications for Student Research Fellowships are reviewed by the Research & Grants Committee.

Faculty/Student Working Group Fellowships (Undergraduates only)
The purpose of the fellowships is to provide support for faculty working with 2 to 4 students on an individual or joint research projects or creative work. Student research fellows receive a $1,015 research fellowship. Internal Grant Application Cover Sheet (PDF) These applications are reviewed by the Research & Grants Committee.

Small Grants to Students
Limited funds are available for independent research and creative work conducted by a student with faculty supervision. Applications are reviewed by the Dean for Graduate Studies and Research. The application format consists of a memo addressed to the Dean for Graduate Studies and Research detailing the project and the budgetary needs.

IU Southeast Student Conference: Celebrating Achievement
The purpose of the IU Southeast Student Conference is to promote and celebrate the excellent research and creative work conducted by IU Southeast students. The conference is held each year in the third week of April. Abstracts are reviewed by the Student Conference Planning Committee. All IU Southeast students are eligible to participate.

Does the institution have a program to encourage academic staff from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:

A brief description of the faculty sustainability research program:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Research Initiative

This program allows IU Southeast faculty to apply for up to $2500 in funding to support research or creative work focused explicitly on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Successful proposals will make clear connections between the proposed project and pursuant social action addressing community needs. Preference will be given to proposals that seem likely to result in external funding and/or increase the number of students participating in research and creative activity. Proposals for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Research Initiative will be reviewed by the Research & Grants Committee.

Application guidelines for this grant follow the guidelines used for Grant in Aid of Research: https://www.ius.edu/academic-affairs/research/guidelines-grant-in-aid.php

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?:

A copy of the promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:
The promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:


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

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research:

The IU Southeast Library licenses and purchases materials and resources that relate to sustainability, including GreenFile, BioOne, Springer Nature journals, as well as many other resources that provide IUS students, faculty, and staff access to journal articles, eBooks, streaming video, and primary sources related to science, public policy, sociology and health which touch on aspects of Sustainability and reflect the rich interdisciplinary nature of sustainability. Faculty-driven acquisitions based on their research and student research needs. Information literacy sessions are available for classes requiring library research.

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for sustainability research is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data was retrieved from the following sites:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Research Initiative https://www.ius.edu/academic-affairs/research/guidelines-grant-in-aid.php

Recognition of interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multi-disciplinary research:
Faculty Manual Policies

Information was provided by the following people based on the reporting criteria
Library Support:
-Librarian, Coordinator of Automation and Technical Services, Archives and Special Collections Liaison to Education, and Campus Archivist
-Faculty | Assistant Librarian | Coordinator of Access Services | Accreditation -Project Manager

Faculty Research Manual Policies

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