Our professional development workshops and programs are available to individuals in all disciplines.
The Connector provides professional development opportunities for faculty and students at the University of Missouri with a focus on grants/funding, broader impacts, and public engagement.
We strive to meet the needs of researchers at the university who are looking to explore ways to incorporate outreach, engagement, and broader impacts into their work.
Our office hosts workshops for faculty and graduate students in all disciplines on a range of topics from Grants 101 to more advanced Broader Impacts Writing sessions for National Science Foundation (NSF) grants. For a full list of upcoming workshops, please take a look at our Events page or subscribe below to our monthly office newsletter. Past events and workshops can also be found by visiting the Events page.
Interested in a particular workshop or topic? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Missouri Engagement Scholars (MU Engages) is a new program for faculty beginning in the summer of 2020.
The program will be comprised of faculty from across campus who will participate in a one-year program to develop and implement public engagement initiatives that are related to or grounded in their research.
The University of Missouri Office of Research and Economic Development and MU Extension and Engagement are pleased to announce the inaugural year of the Missouri Engagement Scholars (MU Engages) program.
The MU Engages program will select faculty from across campus to participate in a one-year program to develop and implement public engagement initiatives that are related to or grounded in their research.
The program is open to faculty in all disciplines. 10 faculty will be selected for the 2020-2021 cohort, which will run from June 2020 to May 2021. MU Engages will kick off with a week-long training co-hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and local experts from the University of Missouri.
This training will provide experience in research communication and developing a public engagement strategy. Working with the Connector staff, fellows will create an engagement plan that will be implemented on their campus during the following academic year and beyond. Plans will be completed by August 1, 2020. The culmination of the one-year fellowship will be a portfolio of public engagement experiences and a systematic effort to better integrate research with the public on a personal, departmental, and campus-wide level. Fellows will be required to attend two meetings (1 cohort meeting and 1 one-on-one meeting) each semester to report back on their progress. Fellows will be recognized at the MU Engagement Week awards luncheon in October 2020.
A stipend will be awarded to each fellow for their commitment to the program, and seed money will be provided to support the engagement program and professional development needs that that culminate from it.
Each fellow will receive a $7,500 stipend, with half paid following Summer 2020 training, and half paid at the conclusion of the program. $2,500 will also be awarded for supplies related to fellow’s engagement project and professional development needs to related to the fellow research and engagement plan.
Fellowship applications are due March 1st, 2020. Fellows will be notified during the Spring 2020 semester of their acceptance into the program.