Vlog: Learning More About Research at PSU

This Vlog is designed to shine the spotlight on research and creative scholarly activity at PSU and to share some of the recent work being done to support and elevate our efforts.

I have invited Professor Jason Podrabsky, our Associate VP for Research and Strategic Partnerships, who served as the former chair of Biology and is an active researcher, and Ken Ma, Director of Media Relations in University Communications, to share some recent developments.

View the video blog below:

Guest blog: Discussing Undergraduate Research on VoiceAmerica

By Jon Fink, PSU’s Vice President for Research and Strategic Partnerships

PSU Research Symposium

PSU Research Symposium

For many undergraduates, research is a mystery. Students have heard that gaining research experience is a good résumé-builder, but they don’t know how to arrange to obtain that experience, or more importantly, if it’s something they’ll even enjoy.

I recently had a chance to discuss undergraduate research on VoiceAmerica, an online radio program that mainly deals with college admissions. You can hear the 15-minute interview here. Ian Fisher, an alumnus and former admissions officer at Reed College, conducted the interview.

Fisher begins with the question, “What is undergraduate research?”

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Importance of Funding and Advancing Research at Public Universities

research-1I recently attended two events that spoke to the great importance of research and innovation in higher education. Advancing excellence in research is integral to the soon-to-be-completed Strategic Plan at PSU.

A National Conversation about Research
In late October, Lisa Zurk, our Associate Vice President for Research, and I took a trip to Eugene to participate with members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for a discussion on “The Role of Public Institutions in Higher Education.”

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Recognition Where Recognition is Due

Recognition where recognition is dueA little over a week ago we honored our faculty and staff who had reached a length of service milestone at PSU of 20, 25, 30 or 35 years of service. The Length of Service Award Celebration and Reception was held in the Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom (SMSU). We packed the room as many came to honor sixty-nine of our fellow colleagues for their significant achievement and contribution to Portland State University. We heard, in their own words, about their memories and fond moments at PSU.

Formal and informal, recognition of employees is an important means for an organization to acknowledge individual contributions. The ceremony was recognition based on years of dedicated service—a total of 1,725 years collectively!

Two weeks ago we also announced that nominations are being accepted for nine excellence awards. Yes, nine! Eight for outstanding faculty and one for an academic professional or administrator. This is the largest number of awards we have ever given and signals the important recognition of faculty and staff achievement. The recipient of each award receives a citation and a $1,500 taxable honorarium.

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