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University Research Advisory Committee (URAC)

The URAC provides guidance on the research agenda of the University including strategic research initiatives, major requests for research program allocations, reviewing applications for internal research funding initiatives, research core facilities, and general issues concerning research program infrastructure that could substantively improve existing research programs at the University.

The committee has representation from each of the major academic units on campus and acts as a liaison to facilitate communication between ORSP and the faculty within the various colleges, departments and other academic and ancillary units.

URAC meetings are held monthly and provide a forum for information exchange that is subsequently disseminated to the research community on campus.

Committee Membership AY 2015-16

Name College Email ( Phone Title
Robert Chi CBA Robert.Chi 5-7166 Acting Associate Dean for Accreditation
Tom O’Brien CCPE Thomas.Obrien 5-2875 Executive Director,, Center for
International Trade & Transportation
Laura Portnoi CED Laura.Portnoi 5-7047 Associate Dean, Graduate Programs
Gail Farmer CHHS Gail.Farmer 5-8036 Associate Dean for Research
Kim Vu CLA Kim.Vu 5-5021 Director for Research
Dessie Underwood CNSM Dessie.Underwood 5-5545 Interim Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies
Hamid Rahai COE Hamid.Rahai 5-8032 Interim Associate Dean for Research & Development
Margaret Black COTA Margaret.Black 5-4364 Associate Dean
Tracey Mayfield ULIB Tracey.Mayfield 5-8877 Associate Dean
Charity Bowles Student Affairs Division Charity.Bowles 5-1630 Executive Director, Educational Equity  Services; TRIO Programs

Agendas and Minutes of Prior Meetings

Microsoft Word Document
Agenda Minutes

Academic Year 2015-2016

URAC Agenda Oct 2015Microsoft Word Document URAC Minutes of Meeting Oct 2015Microsoft Word Document
URAC Agenda Sept 2015Microsoft Word Document URAC Minutes of Meeting Sept 2015Microsoft Word Document
URAC Agenda Aug 2015Microsoft Word Document URAC Minutes of Meeting Aug 2015Microsoft Word Document