ORSP Training Sessions

2019-2020 Schedule 

September 2019:  Grant-Writing Basics 

October 2019:  Building Collaborations

November 2019: Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods 

January 2020:  Working with Federal Sponsors – NSF, DOE, and USDA

January 2020: Scholarship and Cybersecurity

February 2020: Working with Tennessee Agencies

March 2020: Working with Federal Sponsors 

April 2020: Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer, and Commercialization

Summer 2020: Working with Foundations and Entrepreneurship

ORSP also offers sessions on topics such as an introduction to extramural funding, budget development, and collaborative projects. By request, we can also develop sessions tailored for individual departments or colleges.

Please contact us if you would like to schedule a training opportunity (research@mtsu.edu; 615-494-7669).

Upcoming Events:

*All workshops will take place in WPS 102

January 24, 2020, 1:30-2:30 pm:  Working with Federal Sponsors 


Please Register Here

Expert Panel and Bios: 
Dr. Greg Rushton, Director, Tennessee STEM Education Center - Greg Rushton is Director of the TN STEM Education Center (TSEC) and Professor of Chemistry at MTSU.  He has held faculty appointments previously at SUNY-Stony Brook on Long Island and Kennesaw State University, just north of Atlanta. He earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry at the University of Southern California, and graduate degrees in science education and physical organic chemistry at the ‘other’ USC in South Carolina.  His group has current projects in both K-12 STEM education and in higher education, which are funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. 

Dr. Song Cui, Agriculture - Dr. Song Cui is an Associate Professor in the School of Agriculture at Middle Tennessee State University. He received his B.S. in Agricultural Science from Lanzhou University (China) in 2006, and his Ph.D. in Crop Science from Texas Tech University in 2011.  He is a broadly trained agronomist with expertise in big data algorithms, crop physiology, forage production, simulation modeling, soil and boundary layer flux (CO2, water vapor, and greenhouse gases) measurements, and large-scale agroecosystem studies addressing issues such as water sustainability and climate change.  Particularly, Dr. Cui is interested in integrating machine learning techniques into advanced agronomic research domains, including remote sensing, bioinformatics, meta-analysis, and plant growth/ecological modeling. Furthermore, as a field agronomist by training, Dr. Cui enjoys conducting variety trials and cropping system research on various row, forage, and specialty crops in different agroecosystems.

Dr. Cui has authored and co-authored more than 25 high-impact journal articles since 2013. He has served as reviewers for more than ten peer-reviewed journals and had reviewed more than 20 journal articles in the past five years. Furthermore, Dr. Cui has served as the Principal Investigator for more than $1.9M externally funded research projects (mainly from USDA-NIFA) since 2013. Collectively, He has involved in more than $7M collaborative projects nationwide. Dr. Cui is currently serving as the Chair of the Airborne and Satellite Remote Sensing Community of the American Society of Agronomy. Meanwhile, he is also serving as the Elected Secretary of Southern Branch of the American Society of Agronomy, will move on to serve as the Vice President in 2021 and President in 2022. Dr. Cui has served as an external grant reviewer panelist on six external funding programs since 2013, including four USDA-NIFA sponsored competitive funding programs. Dr. Cui frequently mentors undergraduate and graduate student research projects and teaches courses including Forage Crop Production, Field Crop Production, Crop Ecophysiology, and Agricultural Statistics and Data Analysis.​

Previous Workshops & Trainings with Materials

November 22nd, 2019:  Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods 

Presented by Healther Dray, MLIS, Associate Director, Library Relations & Faculty Outreach, SAGE Publishing
Whether overseeing a student research project, thesis, or dissertation; or preparing your own work for publication or dissemination, SAGE Research Methods (SRM) can help with every step of the research process. Join us for a custom training session to learn more about this online collection of resources designed to support beginning and advanced researchers looking for the best methods to use in their research. In this session, you will learn more about SRM and its content – including dictionary and encyclopedia entries, book chapters, full books, journal articles, and the complete Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences (Little Green Books) and Qualitative Research Methods series (Little Blue Books) – and how these resources can help you in your teaching and with your research. 

September 20th, 2019:  Grant Writing Basics

Expert Panel: 
Dr. Kristine McCusker, History
Dr. Don Morgan, Health and Human Performance
Dr. Rick Vanosdall, Educational Leadership  
PowerPoint Presentation

October 18th, 2019:  Building Collaborations

Expert Panel: 
Dr. Rick Moffett, Psychology
Dr. DeAnne Priddis, Communication Studies
Dr. Chandra Story, Health and Human Performance
PowerPoint Presentation