Drake Undergraduate Science Collaborative Institute
These policies and procedures were approved by the faculty advisory board of the Drake Undergraduate Science Collaborative Institute on August 5, 2011.
Drake Undergraduate Science Collaborative Institute (DUSCI) was created in April of 2005 with the mission of promoting, supporting and coordinating efforts to fund undergraduate research in math and science. The Institute also served as a platform for interdisciplinary discussions and collaborations among faculty and students in the sciences and mathematics.
In July of 2011, a faculty advisory board was constituted by the director and a new mission statement for DUSCI was adopted. It reads as follows: The Drake Undergraduate Science Collaborative Institute (DUSCI) promotes a culture of scholarship among students and faculty in science and math. Consistent with Drake University's mission, DUSCI actively supports collaborative student/faculty research experiences, strives to increase scientific literacy, and provides opportunities to engage the larger community in science and math.
A. Objectives of the Institute
- developing sustainable funding for the summer research program;
- supporting research in science and math by faculty at Drake University;
- increasing awareness of and engagement in DUSCI sponsored programs and events;
- expanding the program to promote and engage the larger Des Moines community in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.
- exploring university level support;
- identifying barriers to faculty involvement and developing strategies to address these barriers;
- providing support for faculty involvement;
- fostering relationships with funding agencies and foundations;
- developing programs for outreach.
- providing direction and supervision of the day-to-day management of the Institute;
- proposing and implementing plans and programs for achieving the Institute’s goals;
- collaborating with faculty and administration to obtain external funding to support undergraduate research programs, including those targeted to underrepresented students;
- developing and overseeing initiatives aimed at recruiting faculty and students to undergraduate research activities;
- facilitating the development of relationships between DUSCI and the local community;
- collaborating with the Office of Sponsored Programs to host workshops for faculty to inform about potential external funding of undergraduate research.
- coordinating the efforts of DUSCI with other units on campus as appropriate;
- coordinating and planning the Drake University Conference on Undergraduate Research (DUCURS);
- monitoring and report on program participation and results.
- planning, monitoring and controlling budget and expenditures.
- coordinating the Summer Undergraduate Research program.
- working with Admissions to present information to prospective students and parents regarding undergraduate research;
- working with marketing to develop suitable media, publicity events, and web content.
- hiring and supervising an undergraduate student assistant;
- assisting with the coordination of the activities of the student advisory board and alumni advisory board;
- calling and chairing meetings of the Board;
- coordinating the work of the Board subcommittees; and
- serving as principal liaison between the Board and the Provost of Drake University.
- a record as an excellent teacher and scholar in math or science;
- the ability to articulate a vision reflecting the short-term and long-term goals for the sciences and math on Drake’s campus;
- a capacity for coordinating the management of activities designed to realize that vision;
- excellent interpersonal skills, ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with faculty, administrators and staff in diverse disciplines;
- demonstrated problem solving and negotiation skills;
- an understanding of how to navigate the university culture/system.
- determining programmatic priorities for DUSCI;
- reviewing DUSCI-funded activities;
- serving on subcommittees as appointed by the Director;
- appointing of students to the student advisory board;
- submitting and reviewing proposals and awarding summer undergraduate research fellowships;
- managing the Institute's budget;
- initiating activities consistent with the objectives stated in A, above.
D.Evaluation and Maintenance of the Institute
The operation of DUSCI is evaluated annually. The Director shall submit a report on the activities and budget of DUSCI to the Board. Following approval by the Board, the report will be reviewed by the Deans of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Pharmacy, and Education; and submitted to the Provost of the University.
The Policies and Procedures of DUSCI may be amended in this manner: