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CEREO August 2019

Data Carpentry Workshop, Oct 10-11, 2019

Data Carpentry introduces computational skills needed for effective data management and analysis, which can be used throughout researchers’ careers. This is a two-day workshop on October 10 + 11 that is open to grad students, staff, faculty, and researchers alike. No prior computing experience is required. Cost for participation is $25. We will cover data organization in spreadsheets, data cleaning with OpenRefine, and basic programming in R. Contact with questions. Workshop website:

Water Resources Science & Management Undergraduate Certificate

This certificate is a 15-credit undergraduate program open to students from all colleges and disciplines who are interested in freshwater resources.

Through this program, students will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the physical, social, and cultural drivers that shape how water is managed within the larger environmental and human landscape.  Those completing this certificate will emerge with the breadth of knowledge required to think critically about water issues.

Students earning this certificate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the interdisciplinary and often co-evolving science and policy advances for addressing freshwater issues.
  • Utilize fundamentals of the physical sciences to broadly understand the hydrologic cycle and how human management of water influences this cycle.
  • Display knowledge of the social, legal, and institutional environment surrounding water resources and management.
  • Broaden their professional and social networks to enhance their disciplinary understanding of water and water management.

Need more info?  Email Julie Padowski ( or visit our website:

UCOWR/NIWR 2020 Water. Place. People. Call for Special Sessions

UCOWR/NIWR 2020    Water. Place. People.  Call for Special Sessions

The conference planning committee is pleased to invite special session proposals for the 2020 UCOWR/NIWR Water Resources Conference. These sessions are a vital part of the program, highlighting recent advances and transdisciplinary solutions to address complex water problems.

Those interested in organizing and hosting a special session should complete the online form at

Important Dates:
Proposal for special session due: Sep. 16, 2019
Special session acceptance: Oct. 2019
General call for abstracts: Oct. 2019
Abstracts due: Jan. 24, 2020
Abstract acceptance: Late Feb. 2020

General questions about the 2020 UCOWR/NIWR Conference can be directed to Karl Williard (, UCOWR.

OR Team Planning Grant

Interdisciplinary/Multi-disciplinary Teams
As funding agencies increasingly emphasize large multi-disciplinary programs to address global challenges, WSU seeks to identify new and existing centers that will focus on creative solutions. To support this initiative, the Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships (ORAP) invites multi-disciplinary faculty teams to submit planning grant applications.

The teams will compete for $50,000 plus a doctorial level research assistantship for the development their preliminary idea into an extramural center-type grant proposal. The research assistantship, provided by the Graduate School, will be for two semesters in support of this effort.

The competition will be a two-step process with a written application and a public presentation. Applications should focus on a major research question and the interdisciplinary/multi-disciplinary team convened around it. The goal of the planning grant is to enable the preparation of a competitive proposal for a major ($3M+) multidisciplinary center-type grant through team development and preliminary research. The target agency for this grant may be federal or non-federal.

WSU faculty in any discipline may serve as principal investigator or team member.

Written Application Due                 October 1, 2019, 5:00pm
Research Week Presentations       October 22, 2019, 10:00am
Awards Announced                         October 24, 2019, 3:00pm

Award Details
A total of $50,000 plus one research assistant for two semesters will be awarded to a single team. Overhead or facilities/administrative costs do not apply. Proposal budgets will need to include personnel benefit costs if faculty or staff salary is included.

Application and Presentation Guidelines
Written application due date is October 1, 2019 at 5pm.
An interdisciplinary evaluation panel will review the written applications.

The application must include the following. All character counts include spaces:

  • Research Topic/Problem (8,000 max characters) – Define the major research focus or problem to be addressed by the team. Describe the significance or impact of the problem, and how it aligns with the targeted funding program.
  • Team and Management Plan (4,000 max characters) -Describe the proposed team, disciplinary expertise represented, and any previous collaborations (if applicable). Include a brief management plan.
  • Research Plan (10,000 max characters) – Describe the research plan or approach and the team’s integration of expertise into research activities. Include innovation(s) that will heighten proposal competitiveness and any preliminary research that must occur before proposal submission.
  • Funding Program (2,000 max characters) – Describe in detail the large, multidisciplinary major funding vehicle to which the team will submit its proposal. Describe the program’s fit for the team.
  • Budget – Indicate the budget items required to complete this planning grant and provide a brief description of how each item will support the project.
  • Biographical Sketches – Provide a 2 page biographical sketch for each key person listed above. Use the template provided.

Public Presentation
During Research Week 2019, the lead PI will be required to deliver a 10 minute presentation of the team’s concept to a public audience and the evaluation panel. A short question and answer period will follow each presentation. All team members are encouraged to attend to help field these questions. With input from the audience, the evaluators will use both the written application and the presentation to select the most promising and compelling project to receive the planning grant.
The winning team will be announced during the Research Week reception and awards ceremony on October 24.

Application Evaluation Criteria

Research Topic/Problem                           .20
Team and Management Plan                   .30
Research Plan                                             .30
Future Funding Program                           .20

Award Terms and Conditions
Any unencumbered funds remaining after the grant’s approved period of performance are to be returned to the Office of Research.
If the planning activities include human subjects, animals, and/or biosafety activities, the protocol letter of approval must be submitted to before funds can be released.

Deliverables and Outcomes
The selected project team will work with the Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships (ORAP) in developing their external grant proposal.

Frequently Asked Questions
Please submit any questions to using “Team Planning Grant Competition” in the subject line, or call Emily Brashear at (509) 335-7266.

Office of Research will host third annual Research Week in October

The Office of Research will host the third annual Research Week October 21-25. Research Week is dedicated to celebrating achievements, building partnerships, and pursuing new opportunities for research at WSU.
This year, featured events include a keynote address by Dmitri Petrov, professor of biology at Stanford University, the grand opening of the Center for Arts and Humanities, matchmaking flash talks, faculty and graduate student workshops, and seed grant competitions.
For more information or to see a schedule of events, visit the Research Week website or contact the Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships at or 509-335-7266 for questions.