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Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



The office of Research & Graduate Studies is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2019 Summer Grant Program.The purpose of the Summer Grant Program is to provide seed funding intended to support faculty working to establish or extend a new area of inquiry. Preference is given to projects for which funding has not yet been received, or projects that are high-risk or unlikely to receive funding from other sources without initial validation. Successful projects will include one or more of the following aspects: establish new collaborations, create cross/multi-disciplinary opportunities, engage students, articulate the project as a pathway toward future external funding. Funding will not exceed $3,000 per project and may be used to support salaries, equipment, software, data collection, and/or supplies necessary to carry out the project. Projects may begin as early as May 15, 2019, and must be completed by December 15, 2019. Awardees will be required to participate in a project showcase in spring 2020 to share their results. All CSUN faculty are welcome to apply. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019. Awardees will be announced on April 12, 2019. For more information, please see https://www.csun.edu/research-graduate-studies/research-sponsored-programs/csun-csu-programs, or email  Sherrie Hixon.

The CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement scholarship opportunity, offered by the CSU Office of the Chancellor, recognizes students who have overcome adversity; demonstrated financial need; and have attributes of merit including superior academic performance, significant personal achievements, and exemplary community service. The recipient who receives the highest score by the CSU Foundation scholarship selection committee is designated the Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholar and will receive a $15,000 scholarship. Also distributed will be the Galinson Scholarship ($8,000), the Hampton Scholarship ($9,000), and the Reed Scholarship ($7,500).  Scholarships will be awarded up to the number of funding available. Most scholarships will be $6,000. Applicants must be currently enrolled as full-time undergraduate or graduate students and plan to be full-time at CSUN in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. Other eligibility requirements include  a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and evidence of having overcome adversity and demonstrated financial need. Applicants must also have filed an application for the FAFSA or California Dream Act for the 2019-2020 academic year. The deadline is March 1, 2019, at 11:59 p.m., and students can apply on myMatadorScholarships (https://csun.academicworks.com/. Please let your promising eligible students know.


For everyone teaching this semester, please don’t forget to let Wendy Say know which of your classes you’d like to have evaluated. And please do so by March 13.


Grad student Karen Cassady’s dramatic monologue, “The Builder of Things,” was accepted for last week’s Kennedy Center Region 8 American College Theater Festival, where it was honored as the winner in the category of Best Monologue and also nabbed Best Actor, with Alex Serrano, and Best Director, with Bob Nelson. Congratulations, Karen!

Kate Haake has published a new parable in Fairy Tale Review, “Diptych: The Bunch, Your Duck/Dog,” which can be read here https://fairytalereview.com/2019/02/13/diptych-the-bunch-your-duck-dog/.