Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.96
Liaison Adam Sizemore
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Miami University
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 James Oris
Associate Provost for Research and Scholarship and Dean of the Graduate School
Office of the Provost
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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 Institute for the Environment and Sustainability provides a platform to connect students to sustainability efforts and research activities across campus. This includes hosting the Butler County Stream Team and two co-majors (Energy, Sustainability) that specifically include research capstones in sustainability research. The Center for Aquatic and Watershed Sciences is supported by the university and includes a core chemical analysis facility, a full-time staff member, and over 50 faculty affiliates. The Ecology Research Center is university supported with full-time staff and over 180 ha of aquatic and terrestrial research facilities, specifically dedicated to sustainability research. Miami maintains a USGS funded weather station that monitors precipitation chemistry, dry deposition, and ozone at the Ecology Research Center, and is part of the National Atmospheric Deposition Program. Miami hosts an NSF funded REU program in "Ecology in Human-Dominated Landscapes" that provides summer research opportunities for students in sustainability, and faculty in all these areas compete favorably for summer research positions, mentored research with doctoral students, and undergraduate research grants funded by the university.


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 Institute for the Environment and Sustainability provides a platform to connect faculty to sustainability efforts and research activities across campus. The Center for Aquatic and Watershed Sciences is supported by the university and includes a core chemical analysis facility, a full-time staff member, and over 50 faculty affiliates. The Ecology Research Center is university supported with full-time staff and over 180 ha of aquatic and terrestrial research facilities, specifically dedicated to sustainability research. Miami maintains a USGS funded weather station that monitors precipitation chemistry, dry deposition, and ozone at the Ecology Research Center, and is part of the National Atmospheric Deposition Program.


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:

In the description of research activities in the promotion and tenure dossier template, interdisciplinary research is to be specifically highlighted:

"Identify sponsored research and scholarly activities in which you are or have been involved and specify the period. Indicate proposals submitted, status of proposals (in review, funded, not funded), source and amount of funding (proposed or received), funding rates for agency/program, and whether funding is in the form of a contract, research grant, training grant, or commission. List internal and external proposals separately. Include cooperative or interdisciplinary research projects, educational or curriculum development projects, and service-learning/community-based projects. For each project, list your degree of involvement and the degree of involvement by undergraduate or graduate students. Cite prizes and awards where appropriate. "


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 Libraries maintain a large collection of sustainability resources (>900 titles), an environmental resources page, a standing Sustainability Committee, core facilities for digital scholarship, 3D printing, and a GIS support staff person.


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