November 6, 2000
New program funds conferences,
By Eric Rangus firstname.lastname@example.org
Research funding is a constant concern for scholars of all sorts. This
fall the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is attempting to address
this struggle with the establishment of the Quadrangle Fund for Advanced
The fund consists of three separate, competitive award programs, and
also a portion that provides subventions (or subsidies) for faculty publications.
The primary purpose of it is to make possible conversations, conferences
and seminars among people who wouldnt necessarily get together,
said graduate school Dean Bobby Paul.
The thought is that at any university, there are intellectual projects
going on that would benefit greatly by cross-pollenization, said
the funds primary administrator, Virginia Shadron, director of special
projects, programs and initiatives at the graduate school. People
dont always realize whats going on out there.
By that measure, fostering interdisciplinary scholarship is one of the
new programs goals. The idea is for the funding to stimulate both
collective and individual research agendas.
The three competitive awards are:
Quadrangle Research Workshops
will be ongoing projects that last at least one semester and are eligible
for renewed funding for up to two years. Multidisciplinary subjects are
encouraged and workshop participants can be faculty, graduate students
or any mix thereof (although graduate students need a faculty sponsor
for application). The fund will support up to eight two-semester workshops
each year with a maximum award of $15,000.
One of the great things about this is discovering working groups
that already exist on campus which are research-based, interdisciplinary,
cooperative ventures, Shadron said. One faculty member called
me and said, Its like you described exactly what we are doing.
New workshops and currently existing ones are both eligible for funding.
The Burke Nicholson Interdisciplinary Forum is named for the man who established it, the chair of the graduate school advisory council. Unlike the workshops, the forum focuses on sponsoring symposiums that run one or two days, or perhaps a weekend (Paul called them splash events).
Three awards of up to $6,000 are available annuallyone each for
the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.
The Emory University Conference
Center Subvention Fund provides grants to assist in holding
events at that site.
While the financial support is very nice, Paul said, perhaps
the greatest benefit is access to a professional conference coordinator
[Elizabeth Gallu from the provosts office] who can help out faculty
Proposals to make use of this fund for conferences during the 200102
academic year will be accepted through Nov. 15. The Spring 2001 application
deadline for the Nicholson Forum and Research Workshops passed Oct. 31,
but Fall 2001 applications will be accepted through March 15. Requests
for publication subventions can be submitted at any time.
For a full list of application requirements, refer to the graduate school
website at www.
Paul said that work and research completed using the Quadrangle Fund,
couldif it is seen as having long-term vitalitybe added to
Shadron cited the Psychoanalytic Studies program and the inter-institutional
Atlanta Seminar in the Comparative History of Labor, Industry, Technology
and Society (SCHLITS) as two examples of curriculum offerings that humbly
began as small workshops or informal conferences.