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Faculty Research Awards Committee

Standing Bylaw Committee of the
Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Engineering

MEMBERSHIP: 2014-2015

Term: Five (5) years

Name and Link to
Directory Listing
Department Title Term Role Note
Abedian, Behrouz Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor 2011-2016 Co-chair  
Zehl Romero, Christiane German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literatures Professor 2010-2015 Co-chair  
Berry, Jeffrey Political Science Professor 2013-2018    
Cronin-Golomb, Mark Biomedical Engineering Professor 2011-2016    
Hofkosh, Sonia English Associate Professor 2014-2015    
Hopwood, Jeff Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor 2013-2018    
Nitecki, Zbigniew Mathematics Professor 2012-2015    
Oliver, William Physics and Astronomy Professor 2011-2016    
Schmidt-Nowara, Christopher History Professor 2012-2017    
Shin, Lisa Psychology Professor 2014-2015    
Shultz, Mary Jane Chemistry Professor 2012-2017    
Tu, Loring Mathematics Professor 2011-2015   LV AY 2014-2015
Brizuela, Bรกrbara School of Arts and Sciences Dean of Academic Affairs   Ex officio, nonvoting  
McGowan, Donald Corporate and Foundation Relations Director   Ex officio, non voting  
Omenetto, Fiorenzo School of Engineering Associate Dean of Research   Ex officio, non voting  
Woodroffe, Christine Research Administration Senior Associate Director   Ex officio, nonvoting  


The function of the Faculty Research Awards Committee (FRAC) is to distribute funds in support of research conducted by members of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Engineering. The main responsibility is for members of FRAC to carefully review each proposal and come to the meetings prepared to discuss why each proposal should or should not be funded. Determinations concerning the distribution of funds shall be made by majority vote; in the event of a tie, the committee chair shall vote to break the tie. The committee is responsible for reviewing applications submitted to it, and, where appropriate, review evaluations, in support of applications, from experts in the applicant's field. These evaluations may be sought from persons within and outside the university. In making awards, the committee promotes faculty development by funding selected small projects and providing seed money for larger ones. The committee represents the faculty in seeking new internal and external sources of funding for the awards which it administers.

The committee consists of eleven members of professorial rank (assistant, associate and full professors). The membership shall include at least one member from each of the following areas: arts, engineering, humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences. The following administrators or their designees shall be members ex officio without vote: the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences or designee, the dean of the School of Engineering, the director of the Office of Research Administration, and the director of the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations. The committee may appoint such additional members, without vote, as it deems appropriate. Members are appointed to a five-year term. The committee shall elect its chairman at the last meeting of the spring semester and the secretary of the faculty shall serve as secretary of the committee.

Committee members attend approximately three meetings per semester to consider various types of research proposals from the A&S&E faculty. Current committee members are ineligible to apply for faculty research funding awarded by FRAC, with the exception of Grants-in-Aid (awards up to $1500). This committee is not appropriate for tenure-track faculty members.


Information will be posted as it becomes available.


FRAC applications from the tenure-stream faculty are considered throughout the academic year. For more information and to submit and application, click here.

FRAC awards from 2012-2013 >
FRAC awards from 2011-2012 >


Visit Arts, Sciences and Engineering Bylaws for more information regarding this committee's bylaws.