CI credit statement for publications and presentations:
Appropriate phrases include:
“This project is supported by the Clemson University Creative Inquiry program.” (If CI is your only source of support)
“This project is partially supported by the Clemson University Creative Inquiry program.” (If you have other financial supporters)
Creative Inquiry Mentor Resources
More than 400 innovative and challenging Creative Inquiry projects are active at this time. Each project is led by one or more faculty members, sometimes collaborating with staff or graduate students.
Any potential mentors are encouraged to join the bi-monthly CI + UR News email dissemination for deadlines and targeted opportunities for CI projects, mentors, and students. To join this list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposing a New Project
- To get started, review the comprehensive list of active projects.
- Create a project that will involve students from your own and/or other departments. Many of the most successful projects are cross-disciplinary. Consider consulting your College Liaison or the CI project office, as they might know of particular areas that would benefit from a new project.
- Duplicate projects will not be eligible for funding.
- Consider working with an outside business, industry, agency or private group to collaborate with your project team.
- Identify a course to be used for your CI project and obtain permission from the department chair to teach this course.
- Utilize the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation (OTEI) teaching resources and syllabus templates.
- Submit your project proposal.
Managing Your Project
Once your proposal is approved:
- Use the CI project manager to edit, update information, add courses, and accomplishment/reports.
- Each semester you must enter your CI Course and section numbers on the 'course' tab.
- Review the Procedures for Spending CI Funds page.
- Reporting: Annual reports (for the academic year) are required and due no later than 30 June. You may enter project accomplishments at any time in the project manager (they will automatically populate in your annual report for that year).
- Present CI project research at the annual Focus on Creative Inquiry Poster Forum.
Students Conducting Research for Credit – Medical Coverage
- Undergraduate students conducting research for credit (i.e. not in a paid position such as a student worker, etc.) are NOT covered under the university’s workers compensation program in the event of an accident.
- In such cases, any medical costs incurred that are not covered under the student health fee, may have to be paid by the student.
- It is recommended that students and parents consider the risks associated with the work to be conducted and determine the need for additional medical insurance coverage (if applicable).
- A list of services covered and not covered under the student health fee, as well as a link to purchase the Student Health Insurance Plan can be found here: https://www.clemson.edu/campus-life/student-health/insurance-and-billing.html
- To be considered for funding you must:
- add CI courses to your CI project at the beginning of each semester
- provide an annual budget request and justification that aligns with research activities
- provide annual reports highlighting the outcomes of the project (e.g., methodologies developed, publications, art exhibits, apps developed, etc.)
- participate in FoCI
- meet assessment criteria outlined in the 'assessment' section below
- Standard CI projects may request up to $4,000 (in clearly justified funds) per academic year to support research activities for teams of 6 or more students.
- CI LAUNCH projects may request up to $500 per semester.
- Please reference the Policies and Procedures for Spending CI Funds to see what are allowable versus not allowable expenses.
- Conference travel grants are available to partially support mentor and students travel to professional conferences in order to present their CI project research.
- Foreign travel requires advance approval by your college, the Office of Global Engagement, and must include undergraduate students who are part of the CI project.
**CI will not budget international travel funding until receiving the approval (or forwarded approval) from Global Engagement, the names of traveling students, and the travel itinerary from the project mentor.
- All travel must follow university policies and procurement procedures. Appropriate departmental and/or college permissions are required.
All CI projects are assessed annually, based on annual reports. In addition, each project must resubmit every two years. Resubmitted projects are assessed based on the following rubric.
CI Committee, Your College Representatives
Please use your representatives as a resource! The 2022-2023 representatives are:
College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities
Joey Manson, Art
Alan Grubb, History
College of Agriculture, Forestry & Life Sciences
Troy Farmer, Forestry & Environmental Conservation
College of Behavioral, Social & Health Sciences
David White, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
June Pilcher, Psychology
College of Business
James Gaubert, Marketing
Ryan Toole, Management
College of Engineering, Computing & Applied Sciences
Jessica Larsen, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Steven Brandon, General Engineering
College of Education
Ryan Visser, Education & Human Development
College of Science
Michael Sehorn, Genetics & Biochemistry
Tzuen-Rong ‘Jeremy’ Tzeng, Biological Sciences
Advisory members: Robert Hollingsworth (Libraries); David Knox (Clemson Thinks2); Juan Xu (Institutional Research); Joanna Floyd (Research/Industry Contracts); and Holly Williams (Honors College)
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