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Technology Project Awards

Technology Project Awards allow for unique projects beyond the services offered by RLT. These awards include human and financial resources and are available to faculty, staff, and students of CBS who have an idea for a technology-oriented project related to research, courses, or the student experience.

No project is too big or too small, and you do not need a fully formed idea to get started. RLT will fill in any needed technology details, handle purchasing and/or vendor contracts, and manage the project to completion. You may be as involved as your time allows.

To get started:

Faculty / Staff / Graduate StudentsUndergraduate Students
Contact Research & Learning Technologies to share your idea.Share your idea with the CBS Student Board.

Projects are selected by a small research or learning-focused committee of faculty, staff, and students using an established set of criteria.

ResearchLearning
Review Frequency: Ad hoc

Project Examples

Data Collection: Design and build computer-attached sensors and triggers to observe and collect data.
Lab Logistics: Pilot software to manage lab logistics such as materials inventory or data collection workflow.

Selection Criteria

Required
1.Is within the credit allotment of the governance committee.
2.Must involve a CBS-affiliated individual.
3.The potential reach of the benefit should be proportional to the cost.
4.Has a substantial technology element.
5.Criteria for success is clearly defined.
Preferred
1.Possesses a potential future benefit to other PIs, programs, or labs.
2.Does not duplicate other available University resources or University funding opportunities. (e.g. OIT Shared Network Storage).
3.The potential reach of the benefit should be proportional to the cost.
4.Demonstrates alignment with the University’s strategic plan.
Committee Members
Clarence Lehman, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education
Michael Waltonen, Director for Technology
Yaniv Brandvain, Assistant Professor - Plant Biology
Ryoko Kuriyama, Professor - GCD
Adam Clark, Graduate Fellow - EEB
Review Frequency: Monthly

Project Examples

Course Technology Pilot: Conduct a supported pilot of new software or hardware in one or many courses.
Discounted Student Resources: Provide technology-related resources to students at a reduced rate (e.g. poster creation, printing, software licensing).

Selection Criteria

Required
1.Is within the credit allotment of the governance committee.
2.Directly benefits undergraduate students enrolled in CBS.
3.Does not serve the purpose of a course specific fee such as a lab fee.
4.Does not duplicate other available resources or funding. (e.g. OIT, OEI, Provost grant)
5.The potential reach of the benefit should be proportional to the cost.
6.Has a substantial technology element.
Preferred
1.Improves student experience.
2.Encourages a culture rich with teaching innovation and experimentation.
3.Engages faculty in using and developing new technology rich teaching practices.
4.Increases awareness of potential teaching strategies and tools including sharing the outcomes of successful efforts.
5.Supports or advances CBS’s teaching and learning strategy.
6.Documents and evaluates the outcome of the investment.
7.CBS-RLT provides substantial value that is difficult to obtain by other means.
Committee Members
Jane Glazebrook, Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs
Michael Waltonen, Director for Technology
Sehoya Cotner - Teaching Associate Professor, Director of Marine Biology minor
Brian Gibbens, Teaching Assistant Professor
Mallory Thomas, Student Board Member and Sophomore in EEB