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

February 2020: U.S. Fulbright Program

March 2020: Scholarship & Cybersecurity

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).

ORSP Workshops & Upcoming Events:

Scholarship & Cybersecurity Workshop

Friday, March 20, 2:00-3:00pm

Wiser-Patton Science, Room 102

  Please Register Here   
Presented by:  Kevin Varpness, FBI.
The goal of this workshop is to provide others with operational awareness of the cyber risks to their privacy online and while traveling with their digital devices, including storage devices.  The workshop will provide insight into the best practices and tools by which one can protect their intellectual property.

US Fulbright Scholar Program with Kim Williams

Friday, February 21, 2020

Student Session: 1:00-2:00pm
Faculty Session: 2:00-3:30pm (see Registration link below)
Honors 106

Save the Date!  On Friday, February 21, ORSP and the Honors College will host Kim Williams with the US Fulbright Scholar program.  Ms. Williams will visit MTSU to present two informational sessions – one specifically for students, and one for faculty interested in the Fulbright program.  Both sessions will take place in Honors 106. 
1:00 – 2:00pm                  Student Session                      
2:00 – 3:30pm                  Faculty Session,   Faculty Please Register Here                                

1:1 Fulbright Sessions with Kim Williams

Friday, February 21, 2020

8:30-9:00am, 9:00-9:30am, 9:30-10:00am, 10:30-11:00am, 11:00-11:30am
ING G012 - Garden Level, ORSP Conference Room

Ms. Williams will also offer a limited number of 1:1 faculty sessions, available on a first-come, first-served basis.   One-on-one sessions are a great opportunity to ask specific questions about your programs of interest, gain feedback on your application, or talk through a reasonable timeline for application preparation. 
The following times are available for 1:1 sessions: 8:30-9:00am, 9:00-9:30am, 9:30-10:00am, 10:30-11:00am, 11:00-11:30am

Please email Casey Penston to reserve your session:  Casey.Penston@mtsu.edu.

Previous Workshops & Trainings with Materials

Working with Federal Sponsors - NSF, DOE, and USDA

Friday, January 24, 1:30-2:30pm 

Expert Panel:  

Dr. Song Cui, Agriculture

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.​

Dr. Greg Rushton, Director, Tennessee STEM Education Center 

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. 

PowerPoint Presentation

Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods

Friday, November 22, 2019

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. 

Building Collaborations

Friday, October 18, 2019

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

Grant Writing Basics

Friday, September 20, 2019

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