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Prof. Oakleaf Selected to Attend the National Science Foundation Conference


Assistant Professor Megan Oakleaf has been selected to attend the National Science Foundation (NSF) regional grant conference in Providence, hosted by the University of Rhode Island on April 7-8, 2008.

She will represent Syracuse University at this conference, along with assistant professors Jing Lei, School of Education, and Julie Hasenwinkel, L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science. Oakleaf will learn about opportunities to help her and her colleagues secure future funding for research projects.

Each year, SU iSchool faculty projects receive more than $4 million in external funding from agencies such as the NSF, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Defense. These research projects range from an assortment of subject areas; including wireless grids, communications, education, library science, political science, public administration, and telecommunications, to name a few. The faculty members use their research to reform or establish policy and procedures at the local, national, and international levels, enhancing SU’s reputation and social impact.

Oakleaf will gain knowledge in such areas as how to propose a research funding, conflict of interest policies, and NSF’s merit review process at its annual conference. This information will help the junior faculty members increase their success rate in grant acquisition and their school’s overall research funding.

The NSF is an independent federal agency that funds approximately 20 percent of all federally supported research conducted by U.S. colleges and universities that help promote the progress of science. For more information about NSF, visit http://www.nsf.gov/index.jsp.

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