The Committee that made funding recommendations found it very difficult to choose among the many worthy proposals. We certainly hope that many of the affiliations that grew out of drawing up the proposals will be able to continue and grow even without central funding and will apply in the next round. It is our plan to have this competition each year and to have the funded proposals compete for renewal with the new ones. In reviewing the proposals, the Committee was able to sharpen the goals of the fund and wishes to share some of those sharpened goals so that future proposals can keep them in mind. The Seminar is directed at interdisciplinary intellectual connections that are new, reach across schools, and that can lead to significant, new, intellectual directions. The Seminar Fund is not intended as a fund for curricular development. Thus although student participation is encouraged, it is not the central focus of the program. The Committee also recommends that, except in special circumstances, seminar funds not be used for faculty released time or summer salary.
-- Ralph D. Amado, Acting Vice Provost for Research
Volume 42 Number 29
April 23, 1996
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