Early Career Awards highlight research of budding scholars
Last spring, UND’s Office of Research and Economic Development established the Early Career Scholars Program (ECSP), a project designed to kick-start the careers of researchers transitioning from Ph.D. and postdoc programs to full-time faculty.
Four interdisciplinary teams, chosen from the 12 proposals submitted to the ECSP last spring, made up the first cohort of the program. A total of seven researchers were involved; each team was made up of two researchers, while one of the researchers served on two teams.
The teams also were connected with seasoned mentors in related fields and provided with $30,000 to further develop and research their proposals for external funding and publication.
On Dec. 6, the scholars gathered at the Gorecki Alumni Center for the Early Career Awards. In front of an audience of their peers, the teams presented their findings and updates on future funding opportunities.
Interim Vice President of Research and Economic Development John Mihelich, Professor of Sociology Justin Berg and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Randi Tanglen delivered remarks at the start of the program, recognizing the achievements the teams made in their research.
“I want to thank you, as the participants of this program, for sharing your expertise, talents and research passions,” Tanglen said. “You are what UND needs and what the world needs right now to solve these big problems through collaboration and working together.”