SISTAR program offers student research grants

first_imgFounded in 1991, the Student Independent Study and Research (SISTAR) grant provides Saint Mary’s students and faculty members with the opportunity to create eight-week summer research partnerships. Professor Laura Haigwood, director of the Center for Academic Innovation (CFAI), said the grant was established to encourage the collaboration of Saint Mary’s students and professors. “The program was inspired, in part, by the close, collegial, teaching and research relationships that faculty and students develop at SMC,” she said. “We wanted to be able to reward and encourage that work.” The grant, which provides the student researchers with housing and a stipend, is funded by donations. Haigwood said Maryjeanne Ryan Burke, a 1956 graduate of Saint Mary’s College, is a large contributor to the program. Haigwood said the Burke endowment is offered to specifically qualified professors. “The Burke SISTAR is reserved for full-time, tenure-track faculty who are not yet tenured, and it has proved an outstanding research, teaching and learning opportunity for them and for their students,” she said. Outside of the Burke SISTAR grant, the prerequisites for student and faculty applicants are much more imprecise, Haigwood said. The program is open to all full-time students and faculty of all studies. Haigwood said although the number of applicants varies greatly from year to year, the grant is usually awarded to four student-faculty research partnerships. The grant is typically presented to a rising senior. The application process includes an interview and a written proposal. According to Haigwood, the CFAI grant committee makes the award decisions. The committee is chaired by Haigwood and includes five other faculty members that are elected by the Faculty Assembly. Last year’s four award recipients were selected from a variety of departments. Senior Ashley Feely worked with Sociology Professor Mary Ann Kanieski on a project entitled “Emerging Patterns in Relationships Between Mothers and Their Adult Children: Examining Mothers’ Self-Constructed Identity.” Fellow senior Megan Griffin partnered with Political Science Professor Patrick Pierce on a study called “Race to the Top: The Political Economy of State Tax Incentives for Business.” Brynn Thomas, also a Saint Mary’s senior, collaborated with Professor Susan Latham on a communicative disorders project. Senior Alyssa Klubeck teamed up with history professor David Stefanic on a project called “Women in Revolution: Comparing Women in the French and Irish Revolutions.” Klubeck said the experience was beneficial on an educational and professional level, as well as being enjoyable. “It was an incredible amount of fun to work so closely with one of my favorite professors and gain the experience of working with a professional academic,” Klubeck said. The grant also supports travel and related expenses for the student to attend a professional conference in the next academic year. Stefanic and Klubeck were able to present their study at a conference in Nebraska this fall. Haigwood said the idea behind the grant is to give students the opportunity to work side-by-side in a study with a professor, rather than as an assistant. “We want [the faculty and the student] to work together as genuine peers,” Haigwood said. “SISTAR students are generally more like graduate students than undergraduates in their collaborative work with faculty. We want her to be a co-researcher, or an independent peer researcher.” With aspirations to attend graduate school, Klubeck said she recognized the opportunity the SISTAR grant offered her. However, Klubeck said the program gave her more than just a resume boost. “While research and writing were invaluable, I found what I learned from Dr. Stefancic as a mentor in my work was a great opportunity,” she said. “I think that is what the SISTAR program really has going for it. The connections it builds between students and professors to work together and learn from each other are unparalleled.”last_img read more

Falconer VFD Receives $125,000 Federal Grant

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Stock Image.FALCONER —The Falconer Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded a federal grant of $125,238, according to Congressman Tom Reed.Reed announced the grant Thursday through the Assistance to Firefighters program.In addition, the City of Dunkirk Fire Department will receive $155,304.76.The Assistance to Firefighters Grants program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency alongside the U.S. Fire Administration. “We recognize the services firefighters carry out every day to keep us safe and secure. Given the important role firefighters play in our communities, we care about making sure our fire departments have fair access to the resources they need,” said Reed. “These grants are crucial to our local fire departments and we were proud to fight for these funds.”For more information on the Assistance to Fire Fighters grants program visit: fema.gov.last_img read more

Pep Guardiola sends message to Arsenal board after Mikel Arteta’s transfer plea

first_img Comment Manchester City are looking to defend their 2019 crown (Picture: Getty)Guardiola is refusing to underestimate Arsenal despite beating the north London club in their last seven meetings.And the City head coach is confident the Gunners can go on and become a major force if they support Arteta ‘in terms of investment’ and give him the players he requires.‘We approach Arsenal the same as we for the other teams,’ Guardiola said.‘They’re one of the elite clubs in English football, especially in the last 20-30 years. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘And I’m pretty sure they have brought the right person to come back and the position before when the club supports him, there are no better people to do the job than Mikel. ‘I have the feeling he’s creating something unique and if he is supported by the club in terms of investment and given the players that they need, they will be another contender for the next few years.’Which club will progress through to the FA Cup final?Arsenal0%Manchester City0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Mikel Arteta discusses Man City weaknesses and Arsenal game plan for FA Cup semi-finalMORE: Mikel Arteta shuts down Alexandre Lacazette question and reveals talks with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over Arsenal future Metro Sport ReporterFriday 17 Jul 2020 4:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal take on Manchester City for a place in the FA Cup final this weekend (Picture: Getty)Pep Guardiola says Arsenal can be a major ‘contender’ in English football over the next few years as long as the club give Mikel Arteta the financial backing he needs to build a successful squad. Arteta worked alongside Guardiola as Manchester City’s assistant for three-and-a-half years but stepped down to take charge of Arsenal following Unai Emery’s dismissal in December.It was a case of master triumphing over apprentice in the Premier League last month as Guardiola’s City defeated Arsenal 3-0 at the Etihad – and Arteta will be desperate to get his revenge when they do battle for a place in the FA Cup final this weekend. Arsenal v Man City: Pep Guardiola press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 11:24FullscreenArsenal v Man City: Pep Guardiola press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-v-man-city-pep-guardiola-press-conference-2212652/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.The Gunners will be buoyed by their victory over Liverpool on Wednesday night which kept their Europa League qualification hopes alive and Arteta has received widespread praise for the promising start he’s made in the hot seat at the Emirates. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut the Spaniard admitted after the 2-1 win that Arsenal’s lack of spending power could be a ‘big concern’ in this summer’s transfer market. Arteta had to settle for just two loan signings in the January transfer window – although Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares’ moves have since been made permanent – and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future remains in doubt, with the striker’s current contract due to expire in 2021. Mikel Arteta previews Man City FA Cup semi-final clashTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 17:22FullscreenMikel Arteta previews Man City FA Cup semi-final clashhttps://metro.co.uk/video/mikel-arteta-previews-man-city-fa-cup-semi-final-clash-2212592/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Asked whether he had been given a guarantee of funds, Arteta replied: ‘You know, you just have to see how they build these squads. ‘There is no magic, you need to improve with quality, quality players in the squad. And you need bigger squads to compete in this competition and this is the challenge.’ On whether he faces a similar task to the one assigned to Arsene Wenger when he took charge back in 1996, Arteta added: ‘I think the context is different I think the competition in the country is much harder than what it was before.‘Arsene did some incredible things, brought some new ideas, a new philosophy to the country and he was very successful. ‘I have done nothing yet and have everything to do. We need support, we need belief and we need to go in the direction.’ Advertisement Pep Guardiola sends message to Arsenal board after Mikel Arteta’s transfer plea Advertisementlast_img read more