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21st Century Evidence-Based Research Mentoring for Student Success and Persistence

Hosted by the Johnson C. Smith University’s Smith Institute for Applied Research and the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at Johnson C. Smith University, the 21st Century Evidence-Based Research Mentoring for Student Success and Persistence Conference provided a 3-day interactive summer workshop on research mentoring for retention, persistence, and development of students at UNC Charlotte Marriott Hotel in Charlotte, NC. The event featured a panel of JCSU alumni and other leaders in the field engaged in the science of effective mentorship, career management in student persistence and engagement, and a facilitated activity during which faculty and staff developed a mentoring action plan for fall implementation.


Summer Faculty Research Writing Series Participants Announced!

This past week, ten faculty members from across several disciplines: business, chemistry, communications, natural sciences and mathematics, political science, rhetoric and culture, and computer science, participated in the Summer Faculty Writing Workshop hosted by Smith Institute for Applied Research. Workshop participants spent dedicated, uninterrupted time working on writing projects ranging from books to scientific journal articles. The workshop offered a supportive environment for participants to develop a network of peer-writers outside of their departments or colleges. The building of such collaborations lays the foundation for the development of interdisciplinary teams to further the University’s mission and strategically build capacity through acquisition of external grant funding. Faculty who were selected for the writing workshop have been incentivized to provide proof of a submitted document to a publisher for their creative work later this year.


Congratulations to the 2021-22 CURE Fellows!

Smith Institute is pleased to announce the 10 Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE) Fellows. This year’s fellows are from a mix of disciplines, and are spending time this summer refining their course syllabi to incorporate research into their classrooms.


Reference Materials Available in Carnegie Hall

Visit Carnegie Hall to view Smith Institute for Applied Research’s reference materials! Titles include: Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks, Research Methods for Community Change, Principles of Modeling and Simulations, Washington and Wesley Heights Neighborhood Plan, West End Land Use and Pedscape Plan, and others. To check-out items, please be sure to sign the sign in sheet attached to the clip board and return materials within a month.

Summer Faculty Writing Workshop Series: Call for Applicants

Smith Institute for Applied Research is accepting applications for its 3-day virtual Summer Faculty Writing Workshop series. All faculty members who have a publication, book chapter, article, or other research or creative work are encouraged to apply by the application deadline of June 4th at 11:59pm EST! The series will be held June 23-June 25, 2021. Smith Institute invites you to dust off that draft, and join us to gain valuable tips for enhancing your writing productivity and garner support from your peers. For full eligibility requirements, please see below.


Faculty & Staff CURE Fellowship Application Open for 2021

Smith Institute for Applied Research announces the opening of the 2021 Faculty CURE Fellowship application. If you are a faculty member interested in incorporating research experiences into your course and are looking for the time and training to give your students experiential learning opportunities, apply by May 27th at 11:59pm. This year’s fellowship training will take place the week of June 7, 2021 – June 11, 2021.


2021 Awards Ceremony for the Student Research Poster Competition

Congratulations to all of our undergraduate students who participated in the 2021 Student Research Poster Competition! Who won the competition? Watch, below to see who won in each category!


2021 Annual Student Research Competition Dates Announced

Smith Institute for Applied Research at Johnson C. Smith University will host its annual Student Research Poster Competition virtually as part of the Council on Undergraduate Research’s CUR Week, April 19th-April 23rd.

Leading up to the event, faculty mentors and the Smith Institute team have prepared undergraduate students to develop quality research posters across disciplines. Entrants to the competition represent the work of both individual and team undergraduate researchers. 


Smith Institute for Applied Research Summer/Fall Calendar

CURE Faculty & Staff Fellowships (Apply by May 27th)June 7-June 11th
Faculty Writing Workshop SeriesJune 23-June 25
Graduate School Workshop Part 3Fall date TBA
Student Writing Workshop SeriesTBA

JCSU Awarded National Archives Grant to Create 3D Model of Former African-American Neighborhoods Decimated by Urban Renewal

Dr. Tekla Ali Johnson, Instructional Electronic Resources Librarian at Johnson C. Smith University has been awarded a National Historical Publications and Records Commission (National Archives) grant in the amount of $194,000. 

The grant will allow Johnson C. Smith University to lead the creation of 3D Modeling of a virtual site that will replicate African-American neighborhoods in Charlotte, NC that were destroyed under urban renewal. Brandon Lundsford, of JCSU’s James B. Duke Memorial Library will also contribute to the project, and JCSU undergraduate students will support the implementation of the grant once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

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