Summary: Graduate Student Applied Research Network created
The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) is convening a network comprised of graduate students
who conduct applied research in the Tampa Bay and surrounding areas. Too often, graduate researchers
are unaware that students with similar interests, who use similar methods, and who focus on the same
communities are working right across campus. Our goal is to overcome some of those divides, and help
graduate students find peers with whom they can discuss common concerns. We anticipate that
graduate researchers will come from across colleges and disciplines. What these students will have in
common is an interest in conducting research that addresses real world problems, and doing so in a way
that is mindful of the needs and concerns of community residents.
Our office's role will be to convene a few initial meetings of this group in the Fall 2011 semester, whose
members can then determine how they would like to operate. We will also help set up a listserv and
share information about workshops, funding opportunities, and interdisciplinary opportunities to
publish and present research. If funds allow, we will seek to establish small travel and research expense
mini-grant for participating students.
We will kick off the G-SARN with a brown-bag lunch on Thursday, September 29 at 12:30, location on
campus to be announced. We'll provide drinks and dessert.
If you would plan to attend, or are interested in G-SARN but can't attend on 9/29, please contact either
Lance Arney, Dept. of Applied Anthropology doctoral candidate and OCE Graduate Assistant
(firstname.lastname@example.org), or Elizabeth Strom, OCE director (email@example.com).