In May President Herbst and Provost Mun Choi announced the first major financial awards in support of the Academic Vision’s Path to Excellence. Totaling almost $10 million, the awards represent a milestone in UConn’s continuing efforts to achieve the academic goals set for the University. These grants support research across a wide variety of disciplines and departments – the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and professional schools and colleges.
Included in the announcement was recognition of the University’s increased investment in Public Engagement and community partnership initiatives:
“During the past decade, UConn has made impressive strides in public engagement in the form of engaged scholarship, service-learning courses and experiences, and mature community partnerships. Additional funding will enable the Office of Public Engagement and its Director, Dr. Carol Polifroni, to develop additional outreach/engagement programs and support engaged and translational scholarship. This funding will continue our support for our UConn Cities Collaborative project that serves the public good with relevant, responsible and reciprocal programs.”
A number of research grants were made along with major grants to support the Center for Genome Innovation and a new Institute for Brain and Cognitive Science as well as funding for the Humanities Institute’s Public Discourse Project. Investment is also committed to support for teaching excellence and equipment to enhance research technology.
The full text of the announcement may be found in UConn Today.