Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.46
Liaison Katharine Gross
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Lehigh University
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Alan Snyder
Vice President and Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies
Research & Graduate Studies
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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:

Science, Technology, Environment, Policy and Society (STEPS) and the Environmental Initiative offers funding to encourage students from all majors and all Colleges to engage in creative, independent research and scholarship under faculty supervision that focuses on the intersection of energy, environment, policy,economics and sustainability. These grants are intended to fund paid summer fellowships of 6 or 10 weeks duration that will correspond with full or second summer semester time periods established by the registrar or credit-bearing fellowships during the academic year.


Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics?:
No

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

Faculty are given recognition for internal grants that encourage these types of research, and list them in their faculty promotion/tenure packets.

These awards include:
Collaborative Opportunity Research Grants (CORE): provide up to $60,000 for conduct of research with the goal of establishing and growing productive and competitive multi-faculty research programs. From 2014 - 2017, 21 CORE awards were made.

Accelerator Grants support teams of Lehigh investigators in developing multi-investigator research programs in particularly promising areas. These award provide up to $100,000 per team. From 2014 - 2017, 6 Accelerator awards were made.


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 Librarians write Library Research Guides, including ones covering the topics of sustainability that are available to faculty, staff and students on the Library website. Examples of environmental research guides:
http://libraryguides.lehigh.edu/ees379
http://libraryguides.lehigh.edu/es125

The Library has a current exhibit on the trees at Lehigh to get the word out about the campus natural environment. Here is the link to this exhibit from the LTS web page:
http://ltsnews.lehigh.edu/node/201


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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