Creative Inquiry Mentor Resources

Dr. Moore de Peralta and her CI students work in Las Malvinas, Dominican Republic
Dr. Moore de Peralta and her CI students work in Las Malvinas, Dominican Republic

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • Submit your project proposal.

Managing Your Project

  • Use the CI project manager to edit, update information, budget and courses.
  • Submit Course and section numbers and the start of each semester.
  • Review the Procedures for Spending CI Funds page.
  • Reporting: Annual reports 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.

Project Funding

  • To be considered for funding you must:
    1. add courses to your CI project at the beginning of each semester
    2. provide an annual budget request and justification that aligns with research activities
    3. provide annual reports highlighting the outcomes of the project (e.g., methodologies developed, publications, art exhibits, apps developed, etc.)
  • Standard CI projects may request up to $4,000 (in clearly justified funds) per academic year to support research activities.
  • 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.

Project Assessment

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.

 RUBRIC CLEMSON CREATIVE INQUIRY   LAUNCH TARGET AUDIENCE Primarily Freshman & Sophomore REQUIREMENTS Apply through CI Website  SKILLS DEVELOPMENT Develop Basic Research Skills  PROJECT DURATION  One- two Semesters; may be repeated with new students INDIVIDUAL STUDENT PARTICIPATION Generally, one Semester  DISSEMINATION OF RESULTS  Internal - FoCI and/or other Clemson event ASSESSMENT Complete Cl Surveys and submit reports each semester/year FUNDS PROVIDED $500 per se semester  ELIGIBLE FOR TRAVEL FUNDS NO  ELIGIBLE FOR SUMMER CI FUNDS NO  CLEMSON CREATIVE INQUIRY (STANDARD)  TARGET AUDIENCE All academic levels (with permission of mentor)  REQUIREMENTS Apply through Cl Website SKILLS DEVELOPMENT Expand disciplinary and/or multidisciplinary research skills  PROJECT DURATION Two or more consecutive semesters INDIVIDUAL STUDENT PARTICIPATION Two or more consecutive semesters DISSEMINATION OF RESULTS Internal - .FoCI  External - Professional Conferences (within first 2 years)  ASSESSMENT Complete Cl Surveys and submit reports and accomplishments each year  FUNDS PROVIDED up to $2,000 per semester  ELIGIBLE FOR TRAVEL FUNDS YES - competitively awarded  ELIGIBLE FOR SUMMER CI FUNDS YES - competitively awarded

CI Committee, Your College Representatives

Please use your representatives as a resource! The 2019-2020 representatives are:

College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities
David Detrich, Art
Alan Grub, History

College of Agriculture, Forestry & Life Sciences
Margaret Condrasky, Food, Nutrition & Packaging Sciences
Troy Farmer, Forestry & Environmental Conservation

College of Behavioral, Social & Health Sciences
Candace Coffman, Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice
June Pilcher, Psychology

College of Business
James Gaubert, Marketing
Chad Navis, Management

College of Engineering, Computing & Applied Sciences
Mark Blenner, 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); Taimi Olsen (Undergraduate Studies/OTEI); Juan Xu (Institutional Research); Joanna Floyd (Research/Industry Contracts); Vacant (Residential Learning/University Housing); and Holly Williams (Honors College)

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