Professional Development Grant (PDG)

The CSBS Professional Development Grant Committee (PDG) invites CSBS Faculty and Staff to apply for a grant to support travel, research, teaching, and interdisciplinary collaboration. The committee will review applications on a rolling basis starting on October 6, 2023.

Project Grant

Purpose: The Dean’s office seeks to support faculty and staff projects in the following areas that prominently feature a student success component for either research and/or laboratory equipment or organizing and hosting student-based research.

Applications must demonstrate how a project will tangibly enhance student success (and not simply make the recipient “a better teacher”). Examples include facilitating HIEE for students, high-risk or exploratory undergraduate research projects, and training for curriculum development in student skill enhancement.

Funding: Grant proposals may not exceed $1,000. Student researchers can be paid with this funding. Monies must be spent by May 1, 2024. If awarded funds by the PDG committee, awardees will work directly with the Dean's Office to arrange spending of the funds; if the grant funding is spent at the department level without prior conversation with the Dean's Office, the project funding may not be reimbursable.

Requirements: Applications must include 1) a detailed proposal that describes the project and its connections to student success, 2) projected expenses, listed in detail with screenshots and/or supplementary documentation, and 3) a supervisor’s signature. After your project’s completion, you will present your findings at a college-hosted PDG symposium in Fall 2024.

Timeline: Project Grant applications will be considered on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. The final call for Fall funding is December 1 and for Spring funding is April 1.

Submission Instructions: Submit one pdf electronic copy, including signatures, to Committee Chairperson (Branden Little

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Project Grant

PDG Committee Members

To increase your chance of recieving an award, applicants are encouraged to have a committee member review their proposals prior to submitting them.

Branden Little -

Ryan Frazier -

Paul Neiman -


Mark Bigler -

Timothy Black -

Madeline Mackie -

McKenzie Wood -  

Past Recipients

  • Dr. Mark Bigler - National Harm Reducation Conference
  • Dr. Mariangelica Groves - Field Dendrochronology Work
  • Dr. Stephanie Wolfe and Dr. Stephanie Speicher – Gender, Power, and Global Politics
  • Dr. Joanna Gautney – Human Osteology Teaching Lab
  • Dr. David Yoder – Equipment for Student Instruction in Advanced Photography and Photogrammetry
  • Dr. Cade Mansfield – National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology 42nd Annual Conference 
  • Dr. Lauren Fowler and Dr. Molly Sween – An Interdisciplinary Approach to Applied Behavioral Genetics
  • Dr. Robert Fudge – Critical Thinking Instructional Videos
  • Dr. Brad Reyns – Structural Equation Modeling

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