What is the Office of Sponsored Research & Programs? What do you need it to be?
Whether you’re looking for help developing grant proposals, identifying funding opportunities, ensuring compliance, or simply need some guidance on your research objectives, the Sponsored Research & Programs office wants to be your partner. Our goal is to be your guide, your eyes and ears, and your voice from start to finish — allowing you to focus on your research and the new knowledge it will produce.
Dr. Seann Mulcahy, assistant professor of chemistry, was awarded a substantial grant from the Rhode Island Foundation’s Medical Research Fund for his project “Synthesis and Biological Activity of Eudistomin U and its Derivitives.” The long-term goal of the project is to evaluate the potential of a specific class of natural products as novel therapeutic agents (a.k.a. drug discovery). The research also functions as a training opportunity for PC undergraduates as they prepare for future careers in science. Mulcahy also received a small RI-INBRE pilot grant this year.
Dr. Mary Harmon-Vukic, associate professor of psychology, received a large grant from the John Templeton Foundation for her project, “God Talk: Differentiating Implicit Understanding and Explicit Expression of God among Theists and Atheists.” Her project was one of only four selected from a pool of 67 applications in a very competitive national application process. Rev. Joseph Guido, O.P., assistant professor of psychology, is an important co-investigator on this project. The purpose of the project is to explore the extent to which individuals’ conscious, explicit expressions of God are similar to or different from their implicit representations of God, and whether such representations predicate belief in God.
Providence College has received a grant from the Consortium on High Achievement and Success (CHAS) entitled Diversity Dialogues in Teaching: Digging Deeper. The grant is a result of collaboration between the Office of Institutional Diversity, Center for Teaching Excellence, and Center for Engaged Learning.
Together, Rafael Zapata, Laurie Grupp, and Bill Hogan will implement a series of diversity dialogues, campus conversations, and workshops; strategies-focused workshops on inclusive pedagogy; and dissemination activities, including sharing stories through powerful videos. The grant will provide strategies and support for faculty members to dig deeper in examining their own pedagogy, as well as opportunities for student-faculty discourse on teaching and learning.