Islander Faculty and Graduate Students Expand Research Potential at Development Workshop

Published: October 04, 2016

Islander Faculty and Graduate Students Expand Research Potential at Development Workshop

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Developing new research tools and a strong research oriented culture at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi was the focus of the fall Research Development workshop. The annual event helps faculty, graduate students and post-doctoral researchers become familiar with the process of grant writing and other research-based endeavors.

“Forty-two members of the Islander community attended the workshop to learn how to find and write grants, how to develop a research plan and how to be competitive in their research fields,” said Dr. Luis Cifuentes, Vice President of Research, Commercialization and Outreach (RCO) at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “The University holds workshops like this once a year to make sure our faculty and research scientists have access to the best information possible when it comes to research funding success.”

The workshop featured talks by Lucy Deckard and Mike Cronan from Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC. Members from Academic Research Funding Strategies have presented on research development at multiple universities around the nation.

“Lucy and Mike’s advice on how to select opportunities, how to format and write our research proposals is invaluable,” said Dr. Phillipe Tissot, Associate Director of the Conrad Blucher Institute and Associate Research Professor in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at A&M-Corpus Christi. “As faculty, we spend quite a bit of time writing proposals and can always improve.”

Tissot, who has previously worked with Cronan and Deckard, was excited to take advantage of the workshop. A wide variety of topics were covered including agency mission statements, comparing proposals, as well as how to create a long-term research and funding strategy.

A&M-Corpus Christi also offers research assistance year-round through RCO. RCO strives to cultivate research activity at the University by helping faculty at various stages of proposal development including developing a research plan, finding funding opportunities, forming teams, making connections across campus and in the community, revising proposals and negotiating the process of submitting the final proposal. It is the mission of RCO to cultivate projects that raise the profile of A&M-Corpus Christi as an Emerging Research University by leveraging the Island’s strengths and enhancing the faculties’ growing cutting-edge capabilities.

For more information on receiving research assistance, visit the RCO website at