Day focuses on research resources for faculty

contact: Jeanne Baron
| WMU News
Photo of colleagues conversing.

Research and Dessert will be followed by the final Fridays with Friends mixer of the semester.

KALAMAZOO—Workshops and discussions on funding and other resources for faculty research at Western Michigan University will be featured during the annual Research and Dessert event from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in the Fetzer Center.

The event includes content sessions as well as expanded networking opportunities. The deadline to register is Friday, Nov. 15.

Register online.

Research and Dessert gives faculty members a chance to learn about funding opportunities and strategies, connect with University colleagues, and share ideas. Resource stations and mini-workshops on a variety of topics will offer opportunities to network, learn about others' scholarship and explore potential collaborations.

Organizers will award door prizes at 3:45 p.m. Prizes include an iPad Air or trip to visit funding sponsors. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing to receive a prize.

A Speed Networking experience has been added to the 2013 event. It works like speed dating, but the focus is on individuals sharing their work and learning about the discovery activities of their WMU colleagues.

Those planning to participate in Speed Networking must pre-register for an interest area, such as technology applications for health and transportation, organizational and team performance, or ecology, the environment and sustainability.

Research and Dessert is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. At the conclusion of the event, attendees are encouraged to stop by the Fridays With Friends employee mixer at 4 p.m., also in the Fetzer Center.

Resource stations and mini-workshops

This year's 16 content sessions include specific sessions related to partnering with businesses as well as the resources available for arts and humanities researchers. Session descriptions are posted online.

  • Get to Know the FRACAA Program
  • Funding to Support Graduate Students and Their Research
  • Strategies for Identifying Funding Opportunities
  • Technology Services at Your Service
  • Online Survey Tools: Qualtrics, Question Pro and WMU
  • Using the Proposal Approval System: Exactly What am I Committing To?
  • Using Research and Ethics Instruction to Build a Better World
  • Professional Recognition: Opportunities in the Arts and Humanities
  • Get to Know the SFSA Program
  • Accessing Foundation Resources
  • Programs That Support Business-University Research Collaborations
  • Qualitative Research Tools and Their Application
  • WMU's New Experts System and What it Can Do For You
  • F&A (AKA Indirect Costs): What, When and Why Me?
  • Show Me the Way: Enrich Your Discovery Activities Through International Collaboration
  • Especially for the Arts and Humanities: Success Stories Live and in Person!

For more information, visit or call the research office at (269) 387-8298.