Volume 12, Number 17 April 29, 2005

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Conference fund started

U of S faculty, students and staff putting together workshops and conferences now have “single window” access to resources through a new Conference Fund Grant program.

Vice-Provost Jim Germida says the University saw the need for a more co-ordinated approach to help people promote the U of S locally, nationally and internationally through teaching, artistic, and research events. Previously, faculty or staff interested in putting together an event would approach various executive offices ad hoc, as there was no formal procedure in place.

“We wanted to have a procedure that would apply a fair standard to the entire community, and give everyone a chance to access funds on a competitive basis,” Germida says.

To be eligible for a conference fund grant, events must be sponsored by the University or member of the campus community, take place in Saskatchewan, draw a minimum of 50 people, and cover at least one full day. Events must promote student scholarship, public outreach, teaching, research, enhanced administrative performance, or a combination of these areas.

Grant size ranges from $250 to $5,000; deadlines for application are March 1 and Sept. 1 every year. Information and application forms are available online at www.usask.ca/research/conferencefund.shtml, or through Cheryle Burback in the Provost’s Office at 966-8490.

The program is a joint effort by the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic, and the Office of the Vice-President Research. Germida and Karen Chad, Acting Associate Vice-President Research, led the initiative. The program will be administered through the Provost’s Office under the direction of the vice-provost.

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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