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Faculty Research Support

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This page is a search tool for College of Engineering faculty. Faculty members balance research, teaching, and service, and support services described here primarily focus on advancing research programs. Research support staff in this college and across the institution are “connectors” who actively engage with faculty, administrators, and research across campus, and who can help you get things done more quickly and holistically.

For Ongoing Local Needs: Offices, Labs, Instrumentation & Computers

  • General Oversight — Rex Oxford, the Assistant Dean for Research and Infrastructure, manages the college research support team. He provides overarching guidance on college research needs, and can help you plan and develop strategy for facility development and equipment selection and funding.
  • Equipment Set up, Customization & Maintenance — As the college Facility Manager, Paul Robertson and his team provide support not only for researchers, but also for all offices, classrooms, and student laboratories across College of Engineering facilities.
  • Getting Lab Access for StudentsMichele Armstrong helps faculty members set up student access to college laboratories. To make a request, please use the Card Access Request Form.
  • College Computing — As the Director of Information Technology ServicesMaureen Moore and her team provide computer classroom and laboratory technology support for engineering research and academic faculty, staff, students.  Specialized research services include configuration and support of Windows Active Directory servers, Linux servers, Linux-based computer labs, and High Performance Computing architectures. The department may be contacted via coenits@cs.boisestate.edu (group email), website: coen.boisestate.edu/its. Web Design Specialist Michele Armstrong develops university website pages and is the primary point of contact regarding website support. Website guidelines are published at coen.boisestate.edu/wds.
  • University Computing — Most of the time, the COEN IT Services department will address your computing support needs. However, depending on your particular requirements, you may also want to contact the Office of Information Technology which provides campus-wide computing services for enterprise systems such as PeopleSoft, Blackboard, telephone and networking support, etc. There is also a Research Computing Department jointly managed by this office and the Division of Research & Economic Development. The Research Computing department offers computing storage and servers, data visualization services, access to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), research infrastructure proposal development support, and data intensive research support through access to an Idaho National Laboratory  supercomputing cluster in Idaho Falls. Steven Cutchin directs.

Safety, Hazards, Chemicals; CRISIS RESPONSE

  • Emergency Response     Student Crisis Response     Evaluating Behaviors of Concern
  • Maintaining a Safe Environment— All research personnel share in maintaining safe lab practices. College Safety webpages list safety contacts, forms, and training, and describe emergency response, lab safety and avoiding hazards, and chemical management. Exit doors in college buildings also provide quick information about how to respond to a variety of conditions.
  • Lab Chemical Orders & Waste — The college Safety Forms & Documents page provides several forms with which to order chemicals or compressed gas or to pick up laboratory waste. Please e-mail chemical order forms to Pete Miranda.
  • College Safety Contact — Chris Siepert is the Lab Safety Specialist for the College of Engineering. He maintains a deep chemistry knowledge and works for and is the liaison to the university Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability office. This office monitors and provides training to ensure compliance with regulations for occupational and lab safety, environmental quality, hazardous waste disposal,  emergency preparedness and response, and workplace ergonomic, safety and indoor air quality.


For Making Connections: Integrate research, education, & community engagement

While research can be solitary work, it is not uncommon to yearn for connections and exchanges to share and reflect on your own work, and to explore the greater context. The topics in this section address that need. The next research support topic then identifies who to see for particular types of community partners.

  • Strong Proposals Connect These Arenas — Research, education, and community engagement are intertwined. Strong grant proposals respond directly to national and regional needs, and funders often respond favorably to differentiated proposals that “think globally and act locally.” More and more, funders also expect robust broader impact strategy, outreach plans, and community and industry partnerships. Therefore, it is worth considering how you might directly impact local and regional community vibrancy by reaching out to and interacting with community partners. Information flows both ways, as gaining an understanding of specific community needs (and scientific methods for identifying them) can inform your research agenda. Community partners can also engage directly on student projects. The groups below can help you to expand how you think about these connections.
  • Connecting STEM Research, Education & Workforce — The college Advising & Outreach Office supports current and potential students by maintaining ongoing relationships with external partners and offering camps for high school students. It also leads STEM Discovery Day (STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), which invites active student and faculty participation, and annually attracts approximately 5000 community members. Leandra Aburusa directs. The Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives (formerly STEM Station), advocates for STEM students and faculty, nurtures the underrepresented, and can help you develop partnerships and further educational research. Donna Llewellyn directs.
  • Enhancing Teaching — The Center for Teaching & Learning provides faculty with rich, ongoing education on how to teach well. Its Service-Learning group helps you incorporate community groups into your classroom and research. Gaining an understanding of progressive learning theory, building teaching skills, and trying out the latest technology and social networking tools can help you: (1) improve course design and classroom practice, (2) grow knowledge of and interest in educational research and related funding opportunities. Dean Amy Moll strongly encourages faculty to participate in the center’s “Ten Before Tenure” program where faculty formalize teaching goals and engage in ten teaching development experiences at the center. Susan Shadle directs.
  • Expanding Your Knowledge of Assessment & Educational Research — Should you need it, the Division of Research & Economic Development maintains a contact list of qualified external assessment personnel. See division staff.

Locate Interdisciplinary & External Partners — Campus, K–12, industry, government

Partnerships can enrich your research and classroom, support research commercialization, inspire a greater understanding of regional needs, and how you can best respond. Here are personnel who can help you find: (1)  Interdisciplinary partners on campus; (2)  K–12 Schools, community organizations, and underrepresented groups; (3)  Industry partners, and (4)  City and state government partners.

1.  Interdisciplinary Partners on Campus

  • Primary College Resources — Rex OxfordLinda Georgiev, and Karen Marker are useful researcher advocates as they regularly interact with other Boise State college faculty members and administrators. See the college Center and Lab Directory for an introduction to core facilities and college laboratory research. The Division of Research and Economic Development also maintains an institutional center and laboratory list.
  • Interdisciplinary Seminars — The Materials Science & Engineering department holds weekly seminars open to the public to raise awareness of topics of interest to that community. Presenters represent Boise State as well as other universities and institutions. Many topics invite interdisciplinary interest such as a seminar on nanotechnology from 1850 or another on Globalization and the East-West Great Divergence. See seminar schedule.
  • Office of the Provost — This university office maintains responsibility for faculty recruitment and retention. Its three Faculty Connections programs answer individual career questions or enable you to engage with interdisciplinary groups. Facilitators promote conversation and mentoring through:  1) Faculty Career Conversations, 2) Faculty Interest Groups, and 3) Interdisciplinary Mentoring
  • Division of Research & Economic Development — Office of Research Development personnel actively engage with complex, institutional and inter-college proposals.
  • Arts & Humanities Institute — Sponsors Interdisciplinary Research Communities by application for ongoing interdisciplinary discussion around topics of your choosing. Its Digital Humanities program invites interdisciplinary research as well as projects with a regional focus on the Intermountain West.
  • College of Health Sciences Office of Research — Director Terri Soelberg and staff can help you find health and medical research partners in the college Community and Environmental Health, Kinesiology, Nursing, Radiologic Sciences, Respiratory Care, and Social Work departments.
  • Thesis & Dissertation Office — This Graduate College office provides oversight. Coordinator of Theses & Dissertations Jodi Chilson sees every single thesis and dissertation on campus, so knows what research arenas are up-and-coming. She may be able to help you make interesting and perhaps unexpected research connections with faculty and graduate students.

2.  K–12 Schools, Community Organizations, and Underrepresented Groups

  • Advising & Outreach Office — While primarily a student advisory resource, this college office maintains ongoing relationships with external partners. It also leads camps for high school students, as well as STEM Discovery Day, which annually attracts approximately 5000 community members. Leandra Aburusa directs.
  • Service-Learning — This Center for Teaching & Learning unit maintains robust partnerships with community organizations and K–12 (kindergarten through twelfth grade) schools to enrich how college students learn in the classroom and research lab. This also directly benefits youth, teachers, administrators and community organizations. Kara Brascia directs. These partnerships can help: (1) engage students in citizenship and broader impacts, (2) inform the instructional and workforce development outcomes you target, and (3) write more competitive research proposals. Important: The primary unit mission is to support classroom learning. While guidance can easily apply to the research lab and proposals, be aware that staff can only offer information for these arenas as capacity allows.
  • College of Health Sciences Office of Research — As noted above, this office supports health and medical research. In addition to helping you locate potential faculty partners within the college, the office has longstanding relationships with regional hospitals, and with patient populations in the region such as Somali, veterans, and Latinos. Terri Soelberg directs.

3.  Industry Partners

4.  City and State Government Partners

  • Eric Lindquist directs the Public Policy Research Center in the School of Public Service and is a good starting point to help you think through how to reach out and affect policy makers. He collaborates with campus and college researchers and proposal teams to integrate a social science perspective and identify appropriate policy-oriented research outcomes and outreach strategies.

Help Others Find You

Helping potential collaborators, student researchers, and funders find you likely increases research impact. Here are people who can help arrange meeting and present written information about what you do that is easy to understand and which communicates the passion and excitement you have for your work.

  • Your Department — Start with department personnel to identify how best to communicate information about conference presentations, publications, and research to ensure visibility within the university and larger community.
  • Karen Marker — The college Grant Proposal Strategist & Writer can also help you craft profile pages, lab pages and white papers you can use to summarize research complexity in a way that makes it short and understandable.
  • Pat Pyke — The Director of Research Development for the Division of Research and Economic Development Office of Research Development can help you gather intelligence about or set up meetings with federal program officers. More at the Division of Research & Economic Development staff.
  • Kathleen Tuck — The university Director of Research Communications and Promotions can help you write articles and other communications publicizing your research to reach campus, regional, and national media. She also edits the university research magazine, EXPLORE. Send Kathleen Tuck an email message. More at the Division of Research & Economic Development staff page.


For Funding Your Research: Align Research & Career

 As you know, research support needs change with time and experience. University and College personnel offer support across this spectrum. And if we don’t have the resources here on campus, we can find them.

  • Set the Vision — It is perhaps obvious but also critical to align solicitation choices with your specific research program needs. Nevertheless, researchers do not always take the time to do so, or know how to create a realistic plan. The result can be your reactively chasing funding opportunities or pursuing ill-suited choices. To set a strategy, you need to clearly articulate a multi-year research program vision.
  • College Resources — Rex Oxford, Assistant Dean for Research and Infrastructure, and Karen Marker, Grant Proposal Strategist & Writer, can enhance support your department may provide by discussing how to wisely align solicitation choices with your particular research program. We can also help you evaluate steps you are taking to solidify your department role and career at Boise State and offer articles and tools.
  • Office of the Provost — This university office maintains responsibility for faculty recruitment and retention. As described on its Faculty Connections page, it offers a Faculty Career Conversations program to address topics such as promotion and tenure, and sabbatical planning.

Select Opportunity

  • Basic Search Strategies — Familiarize yourself with the structure of agencies likely to fund you and get to know representatives through onsite visits or through review panel participation. Set up searches on funder websites to push relevant funding opportunities to you. College personnel Rex Oxford, Linda Georgiev, and Karen Marker also track and communicate with faculty members and through the college newsletter about opportunities. Finally, Linda can track opportunities by keyword at your request. In addition, the Division of Research & Economic Development maintains guidance related to getting started on its Funding Opportunities & ResourcesProposal Preparation, and Award Management pages.
  • For New and Early Career Researchers — Karen Marker and Linda Georgiev frequently help early career researchers and faculty members who are new to Boise State to get started with grant proposal submission. Please ask us about funding opportunities tailored to this audience.
  • Federal and State Agencies — Linda Georgiev is with the Office of Sponsored Programs and works exclusively with this college to help you locate and state and federal government funding opportunities, develop proposals, and manage project budgets. She can help explain university research policy and the often complex state and federal grant accounting and oversight requirements.
  • Individuals, Corporations, and Foundations —  Chrissy Shelton, the college Director of Development, can assist departments and faculty members in locating and building relationships with individual, corporate, and foundation funders.
  • National Science FoundationKaren Marker focuses primarily on the strategic and tactical aspects of writing good proposals. In addition, she has deep knowledge of National Science Foundation opportunities, so can help raise awareness of the breadth of their offerings.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The College of Health Sciences Office of Research has a deep understanding of NIH priorities. Staff member Janet Reis has served on over 60 NIH review panels. In addition, our college also frequently interacts with scientists in the College of Arts & Sciences who often target NIH funding. We can connect you.

Lead Proposal Development

Proposals do not write themselves. Except for straightforward individual researcher proposals, one of the biggest challenges is to coordinate with researchers, other proposal partners, and the faculty research staff who work with you to complete your proposal. Talk with local resources Rex Oxford and Karen Marker, and university resource Pat Pyke, the Director of Research Development for the Division of Research & Economic Development Office of Research Development (more at division staffabout how to manage these challenges.

Write Proposal

Local and university personnel can help you address a range of writing tasks from managing your time, to addressing requirements, and writing clearly and persuasively.

  • Lock Down Time to Write — Research shows that accountability advances written output, so if urgent office tasks consistently limit proposal writing time, you can sign up for two hour writing “lock-in” sessions. The Center for Teaching and Learning hosts the sessions at the Interactive Learning Center.
  • Address all Proposal Components and Requirements — Since the university is ultimately responsible for completing all funded research, you must tell Linda Georgiev whenever you intend to submit a state or federal agency proposal. She will help you identify and submit all components. Familiarizing yourself with and meeting submission requirements is your responsibility, but Linda Georgiev and Karen Marker will cross-check your work. While guidance for proposal data management plans in particular comes from numerous sources (the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), the Office of Information Technology (OIT) and the Albertsons Library), again, make Linda Georgiev with OSP your first stop. Finally, the Division of Research & Economic Development offers presentations on an ongoing basis to address proposal development in general, as well as how to develop particular proposal components.
  • Write Clearly and Persuasively — Rex Oxford and Karen Marker work with researchers in many ways to handle the strategy and tactics of putting proposal words on the page. As the college Grant Proposal Strategist & Writer, Karen Marker has particular expertise in this area. We help researchers weigh solicitation choices, expand outlines, and—primarily—review and revise proposal drafts. We look at strategic positioning, document structure, format, content, and word choice. Doing so helps target the proposal message to each particular funder, differentiate the research, and make the proposal easy to read. Should you need additional assistance beyond these local resources, the Division of Research & Economic Development offers additional support (see the Key Personnel tab at page bottom).
  • Gather Content— The university Albertsons Library makes department library liaisons available to help you make the most of databases, journals, books, and other sources, and optimize your search strategies. Rex Oxford  and Karen Marker regularly collect data and trends about the state, region, university, college, and departments that can provide context about size, enrollment, academic and research priorities, and workforce development. Also see university strategic plans and the university’s annual Facts and Figures brochure. Finally, the Boise State Office of Institutional Research regularly assembles informative research reports and presentations to provide insight into topics such as course performance and retention for different student demographics, graduation rates and regional workforce development, and a variety of institutional survey results.
  • Develop Educational Research — Resources outside the college are particularly knowledgeable. Pat Pyke, the Director of Research for the Division of Research & Economic Development  Office of Research Development offers deep expertise in undergraduate and educational research and maintains a contact list of qualified external assessment personnel. See division staff. Also see the Center for Teaching & Learning, and the Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives (formerly STEM Station).
  • Address Broader Impacts — More and more funders expect to see societal impacts beyond advancing scientific knowledge. Therefore, when you fill in a National Science Foundation Project Description “Broader Impacts of the Proposed Work” section, for example, consider people, planet, and profit: whether your scientific or educational research could have particular impact on arenas such as health, jobs, the environment, regional economic development, or underserved audiences (an NSF Broader Impact website has examples). Choose impacts that align with your research, values, and funder priorities, and then select outreach activities or other mechanisms to support impact targets. If you want to target K–12 students, college students, or the general public, leverage existing programs managed by the college Advising & Outreach Office, summer research programs available through the Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives (formerly STEM Station), or Service-Learning offerings that can integrate classroom and research goals.

Manage Funded Research Project

Coordinate with Budget Personnel

Once a researcher obtains funding, Linda Georgiev (for state or federal grants), will coordinate with the researcher to help launch the project successfully. She will explain how best to meet funding, administrative, and reporting requirements. For individual, corporate, or foundation grants, see Chrissy Shelton, the college Director of Development. During the project, the following college finance personnel become your primary points of contact. For: