In the spotlight
July 14, 2016
We are pleased to launch the registration for the 2016 UNC Research Administration Symposium! This event will be held on Friday, July 29th with registration beginning at 7:30 am and the last session ending at 4:10 pm. Please follow this link to register for the event and indicate the sessions you plan to attend. Be mindful that there are four sets of concurrent sessions so please avoid registering for conflicting sessions. A detailed program with session abstracts will be distributed shortly.
If you register for the breakout session titled “Ask the Experts,” you are invited to send in questions about specific policies, procedures, and best practices to email@example.com. Sending these ahead of time will allow for time to research more involved questions, especially if there are specific cases you would like to discuss. Representatives working in pre-award, post-award, and financial reporting will be there to field questions. Please submit these no later than Friday, July 22nd. Participants are welcome to pose questions during the panel as well.
A reminder for this event will be sent on Monday, July 25.
We look forward to seeing you there!
May 27, 2016
I am pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Research Symposium, which will be held on Friday, July 29, 2016 from 7:30 am – 4:30 pm, hosted by UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, and sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) and Office of Sponsored Research (OSR). Please take this opportunity to save the date on your calendar and distribute the attached flyer throughout your departments. Unlike prior years, completion of the Tar Heel Certificate Program is not a prerequisite to attend the Symposium.
In order to help us plan the event and ensure adequate space we would like to ask that you complete a brief survey to indicate whether you plan to attend or not. We will have a more detailed session sign up later for you to register for specific topics.
The theme of this year’s Symposium is “The New Research Environment: A Unified Campus Collaborative”. The Symposium will have two tracks for break-out sessions, one track for those new to research administration (or new to UNC), and a second for those who are veterans of research administration and looking for more advanced information. A planning committee (staffed with representatives from Campus and OVCR/OSR offices) is hard at work developing the program and will soon be asking for your suggestions for specific break-out session topics via a survey.
Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you there!
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
Interim Director, Office of Sponsored Research
January 19, 2016
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