The primary mission of UCIS is to encourage and facilitate interactions on scholarly topics cutting across traditional boundaries between departments and schools. UCIS clusters should exploit pre-existing and new centers of excellence within the University to develop new areas of scholarship.
UCIS has enriched University activities in both the sciences and humanities for over 25 years. The Provost now funds 21 UCIS clusters in the sciences and humanities with a remarkable range of activities throughout the year (see links).
Clusters submit annual reports that are assessed each year by a standing steering committee. Criteria for successful clusters include the following:
- UCIS cluster programs must be highly interdisciplinary. Cluster members must represent multiple departments and at least two schools within the University.
- UCIS funds are not meant to supplement normal departmental activities such as seminar programs, speaker series or graduate student activities. These funds should be viewed as seed money for creative initiatives that aim to generate interdisciplinary centers of excellence an enhance scholarly activity on campus.
- Clusters' activities enhance both research activities and have curricular value to undergraduate and graduate students.
- Cluster funds should not be used to directly fund or supplement the research programs of individual faculty or students.
- Honorariums greater than $1,000 need to be approved. Please contact Jeanne Statt.
- UCIS funds cannot be used to support travel costs to for UR faculty or students to conferences.
Please contact us if you have an idea for a new cluster.
|Jeff Hayes— UCIS Chair||Joan Shelley Rubin— UCIS Chair|
|Biochemistry & Biophysics||History College|
|Box 712||Box 270070|