Workshops and Training

2020-2021 Schedule - TBA

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 (; 615-494-7669).

ORSP Workshops & Upcoming Events

Scholarship & Cybersecurity Workshop - Postponed, TBA

Presented by:  Special Agent Opie, FBI & Special Agent Billings, FBI

The FBI will be presenting on cyber threats to Middle Tennessee.  The brief will cover the cyber criminal profile, tools, and tradecraft.  The end of the brief will provide recommendations for how to be safe online in your personal and professional life.

Expert Panel

Special Agent Nathan Opie, FBI - Nashville

Special Agent (SA) Opie has over 13 years of investigative experience with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  SA Opie entered on duty with the FBI in 2006 and was assigned to a Violent Crime / Drug Squad in Nashville, Tennessee for 11 years.  In 2018, SA Opie began working on National Security investigations utilizing a wide variety of investigative techniques and intelligence capabilities to identify and neutralize ongoing national security threats.  SA Opie currently serves as the Private Sector Coordinator for the FBI in Nashville and facilitates interaction, cooperation, and the sharing of information between the FBI and the private sector. 

SA Opie has served on the Memphis Division FBI SWAT team since 2007 and is an Assistant Team Leader. 

SA Opie obtained a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri School of Law in Columbia, Missouri.  SA Opie subsequently served four years in the United States Marine Corps. 

Special Agent Regis Billings, FBI - Nashville

Special Agent Regis Billings currently works criminal cyber intrusions at the Nashville office of the FBI.  He has been employed by the FBI for five years and worked national security cyber matters in the New York Field Office prior to being relocated to Nashville. Before entering the FBI he served as a cyber warfare officer in the United States Air Force for nine years.  He has an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Cyber Security, and is a Certified Ethical Hacker.

Previous Workshops & Trainings with Materials

Support Your Students with SAGE Research Methods

Tuesday, June 9, 10:00-11:00 am and Thursday, June 11, 2:00-3:00 pm

Presented via Zoom by:
Patrick Cox, Field Editor at SAGE Publishing

Are you on the lookout for new digital content to help students better understand how to design a research project or use various research methods? Would you like new digital books, videos, and tools to develop research methods courses? Are you conducting research for publication? If so, SAGE Research Methods (SRM) is the essential tool for you and your students! With SRM, faculty can quickly get SAGE books, journal articles, video, datasets, and more into students hands no matter where they are. 

SAGE Research Methods provides an online collection of videos, books, cases, practice datasets, and research tools that supports researchers at all levels across the social sciences and STEM disciplines. It enhances student success in learning research methods, aids researchers in the application of research methods, and supports faculty in teaching research methods. In this session SAGE Field Editor Patrick Cox will pride in-depth instruction on the SRM platform and demonstrate how this resource can support faculty and students through every step of the research process.     

Expert Panel

Patrick Cox, SAGE Field Editor

Patrick Cox is former faculty member and occasional online instructor who now spends his days at SAGE working with faculty on connecting the right resources with the instructors and students who need them, always mindful of pedagogy, meeting students’ needs, and faculty members’ busy schedules.  

Writing Grant Proposals and PRF Funding Opportunities for PUIs Webinar

Tuesday, April 28, 1:00-2:00 pm

Nancy Jensen, the Leader of the Office of Research Grants at ACS and program officer for the Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) grant program, focused on the proposal writing and evaluation process and highlights funding opportunities specifically for PUI investigators in the PRF grant program. In this free, interactive broadcast, the participant discovered proposal writing tips, what proposal reviewers desire to know about your project as well as behind the scenes knowledge of the reviewer evaluation process and specifics about the PRF grant programs for PUIs. 

  • Basic tips for preparing a competitive research proposal
  • What is involved in the proposal evaluation process
  • Details regarding PRF's Undergraduate Research (UR) and Undergraduate New Investigator (UNI) Grant Programs for undergraduate institution

Getting the Most from ACS Publications: A discussion on how to get published, gain exposure, and enhance science learning at MTSU

Friday, April 17, 1:50-2:45 pm

Presented via Zoom by: Tammy Hanna, Ph.D., Director, Professional Development & Education, American Chemical Society (ACS)

Expert Panel

Tammy Hanna, Ph.D.

Tammy completed a B.S. in Chemistry at Harvey Mudd College, a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry at Cornell University with Paul Chirik, and a post-doctoral appointment at UC Berkeley with Chris Chang. After a 3.5-year appointment as a Chemistry Instructor and Director of the Welch Summer Scholar Program at Texas Tech University, Tammy joined ACS Publications, where she is currently Director of New Product Corps. 

LaunchTN Virtual Workshop: SBIR/STTR Federal Research Grants - A Deep Dive

Friday, April 3, 12:00-3:00 pm

Get in-depth exposure to federal grant funding opportunities and learn of resources specifically available to Tennesseans. More details here.

Author Workshop: How to Write a Great Research Paper, Use and Share Your Data Responsibly, and Get Published

Wednesday, March 4, 12:00-1:00pm

James E. Walker Library, Room 348

In this workshop David will discuss identifying the right journal, navigating data repositories, structuring your article, data reuse and publication, understanding the peer review process, open access publishing, publishing ethics, how to get your research noticed, and responsible sharing. 

Expert Panel

David Parsons, Former Publisher

David Parsons from Elsevier is the former publisher of Data in Brief, an interdisciplinary Elsevier journal that enables researchers to share and find research data sets.  David has more than twelve years of experience in editorial and marketing roles in academic publishing, and also recently received his MS in Data Science from Syracuse University.

US Fulbright Scholar Program with Kim Williams

Friday, February 21, 2020

Student Session: 1:00-2:00pm | Faculty Session: 2:00-3:30pm
Honors 106

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.

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. 

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