IUPUI will celebrate its 50th anniversary as a campus from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019. During this time, a series of campuswide signature anniversary events is planned, each designed to help us honor our past, celebrate our present and envision our future. Academic and support units also have numerous events planned throughout the 50th Anniversary year, including both recurring annual traditions and specific events designed to focus on this important milestone in IUPUI’s development.
To assist units with plans to showcase the contributions and progress of IUPUI over the last 50 years, as well as highlight the goals and aspirations that will lead IUPUI into the future, the 50th Anniversary Event Fund has been established.
Projects must represent two or more disciplines and should offer undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in a substantive investigative experience focused on a significant research problem. This is a unique opportunity provided to IUPUI faculty and researchers for mentoring students while conducting pilot projects or testing new techniques and designs. Students receive a $1,000 (academic year) or $3,200 (summer) research stipend. The mentors receive up to $2,000 for research supplies or equipment. MURI is funded through a partnership between the Center for Research and Learning and the School of Engineering and Technology. A $500 supplement will be provided only to co-mentors who are graduate students.
MURI project proposals are submitted by the primary mentor. After peer review, a brief description of approved MURI projects will be posted on the Center for Research and Learning website. Students interested in participating on a MURI team will apply to the mentors directly by the posted deadlines. Once the mentors have decided on their teams, they will forward the student names to the Center for Research and Learning, which then will ask the students for additional application information.
New cohort selected for IUPUI Next Generation 2.0 leadership program
The cohort members will begin with an orientation this month and then start a nine-month curriculum in September that focuses on the development of leadership skills and understanding contemporary issues in higher education. Participants will also have the opportunity to identify, plan and implement a capstone project, either individually or in a group, that responds to an identified need of their department, the IUPUI campus or the Indianapolis community.
The Next Generation 2.0 program, supported by the Office of Academic Affairs, encourages IUPUI faculty and professional staff who are women and/or members of underrepresented populations interested in seeking leadership opportunities at IUPUI or professional development to enhance their current roles. This program directly addresses the IUPUI Strategic Plan goals to “develop our faculty and staff” and to “promote an inclusive campus climate.”
Welcoming Campus Initiative project focuses on hospitable habits
The last of the luncheons this academic year took place April 25 at the Campus Center. The luncheons were free and open to faculty, staff, administrators and students.
The Welcoming Campus Initiative provides internal grants of up to $25,000, with a match by the proposing unit, to support the implementation of projects.
National Training Academy to Combat HIV Criminalization to be held at IUPUI
On June 3-6, 300 advocates, activists, researchers and community leaders will meet in University Tower and Hine Hall to participate in HIV is Not a Crime III, the third national training academy to mobilize state-level advocacy to end HIV-related criminalization.
Thirty-three states, including Indiana, and several jurisdictions globally, have outdated HIV-specific statutes that apply to people living with HIV. These laws unjustly penalize any alleged or perceived HIV exposure, regardless of intent to harm or risks therein.
The Sero Project and Positive Women’s Network-USA, the two largest national networks of people living with HIV organize the training, which will include a Black United Leadership pre-institute on June 1 and 2 to train the next generation of black advocates to address HIV criminalization reform.
Participants will include advocates, many living with HIV, from over 30 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Belize, Germany and England.