PDG News

Publication date:
Friday, April 7, 2017
Publication date:
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Publication date:
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Publication date:
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Publication date:
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Publication date:
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Publication date:
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Publication date:
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Publication date:
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Publication date:
Monday, February 24, 2014
Publication date:
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Publication date:
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Publication date:
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Publication date:
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Publication date:
Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Previous PDG Awards

2017 Awards. In February, 2017, a committee of retirees, appointed by Frances Lawrenz, Associate Vice President of Research, reviewed and recommended 14 of the 21 application for Professional Development Grants for Retirees. In March,  Allen Levine, Interim Vice President for Research, announced the recipients for the 2016-2017 Professional Development Grant for Retirees.  Of the awards, one was from the Duluth Campus and the others were from the Twin Cities Campus.  They represent the fields of Medicine, Law, History and Art History, Education, Architecture, Mining, Indian Studies, and Statistics.  The abstracts of the grants are listed on the 2017 PDGR Abstracts page.

2016 Awards. On February 25, 2016, a committee of retirees, appointed by Frances Lawrenz, Associate Vice President of Research, reviewed and recommended 11 of 12 applications for Professional Development Grants for Retirees.  On March 1, Brian Herman, Vice President for Research, announced the recipients for the 2016-2017 Professional Development Grant for Retirees.  Of the awards, one was from the Morris Campus, two were from the Duluth Campus, and the others were from the Twin Cities Campus.  They represent the fields of Indian Studies, Chemistry, French, Psychology, Humanities, Apparel Design, Art, American Studies, History, and Biography.   The abstracts of the grants are listed on the 2016 PDGR Abstracts page.

2015 Awards.  In February, a committee of retirees appointed by Associate Vice President Frances Lawrenz met to review the 23 applications for Professional Development Grants for Retirees. The committee recommended 13 applications for funding.  Vice President for Research, Brian Herman, announced the awards.  Of the awards, one recipient was from the Duluth Campus, Geological Sciences.  The Twin Cities Campus recipients represented the fields of Sociology, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Art, Education, Humanities, Interior Design, Apparel Design, Textiles, English, and History.  The abstracts of the winning grants are listed on the 2015 PDGR Abstracts page.

2014 Awards. On February 26, 2014, a committee of eight UMRA members, appointed by Associate Vice President Frances Lawrenz, met to review the 14 applications for the sixth cycle of Professional Development Grants for Retirees.  The committee recommended 12 of the applications for funding.  Vice President for Research, Brian Herman, announced the awards.  Of the awards, one recipient was from the Duluth Campus, College of Science and Engineering, and the others were from the Twin Cities Campus, representing the fields of Statistics, Physics and Astronomy, Library, History, Mathematics, Sociology, and Halberg Chronobiology.  The abstracts of the winning grants are listed on the 2014 PDGR Abstracts page.

2013 Awards. On February 8, 2013, a committee of retirees, appointed by Associate Vice President Frances Lawrenz, met to review the applications for the fifth cycle of Professional Development Grants for Retirees. The committee recommended seven of the  eight applications for funding and in the middle of February Vice President Herman announced the awards. Of the winning proposals, one came from the Duluth Campus, College of Science and Engineering, and the others from the following Twin Cities campus units: CLA; Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; CBS; and Design. Extended descriptions of winning PDGrants are listed on the 2013 PDGR Abstracts page.
A significant feature added to the Grants program two years ago was a link to the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). Three of this year's PDGrants winners intend to recruit UROP students and have begun that process in consultation with the UROP office (UROP office).

2012 Awards. On February 27, 2012, a committee of retirees appointed by Vice President Tim Mulcahy met with Associate Vice President Frances Lawrenz to review all 20 applications for the fourth cycle of Professional Development Grants for Retirees. The committee recommended eight applications for funding and in early March Vice President Mulcahy announced the awards. Of the winning proposals, one came from the Duluth Campus, CLA; while the others from the following Twin Cities campus colleges: CSE (IT); CCE; CLA; Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; and the Medical School. Extended descriptions of winning PDGrants are listed on the 2012 PDGR Abstracts page.

A significant feature added to the Grants program last year was a link to the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). One of this year's PDGrants winners included such an indication and is now in conversation with the UROP office concerning such arrangements. Consult the  UROP office.

2011 Awards. On February 24, 2011, a committee of retirees appointed by Vice President Tim Mulcahy met with Associate Vice President Frances Lawrenz to review all19 applications for the third cycle of Professional Development Grants for Retirees. The committee recommended nine applications for funding and in early March Vice President Mulcahy announced the awards. Of the winning proposals, one came from the Morris Campus and the others from the following Twin Cities campus colleges: CSE (IT); CLA; Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; and the University Libraries. Extended descriptions of winning PDGrants are listed on the right and on the 2011 PDGR Abstracts page.

A significant feature added to the Grants program for this year is a link to the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). Two of this year's PDGrants winners included such an indication and are now in conversation with the UROP office concerning such arrangements. Consult the UROP office.

2010 Awards. Fourteen awards of up to $3,500 each were made in early 2010 for work during the 2010-2011 academic year. On February 26th, a committee appointed by Vice President Tim Mulcahy met to review applications for the second cycle of Professional Development Grants for Retirees. The committee consisted entirely of retirees, several from UMRA and others from the larger university community. After a spirited discussion the committee recommended 14 proposals for funding. Vice President Timothy Mulcahy agreed with the committee’s recommendations and sent letters of congratulations to the grant recipients in early March. Two awards went to colleagues from the Duluth and Morris campuses.  Of the remaining twelve awards, three went to retirees from the College of Liberal Arts, two from the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources, two from the Institute of Technology, two from the Medical School, and one each from the College of Biological Sciences, the College of Education and Human Development, and Academic Administration. Committee members were pleased with the quality of the 25 proposals. A full listing of awards, including single paragraph descriptions of the winning projects can be found on the 2010 PDGR Abstracts page.               

2009 Awards. Twelve awards of up to $3,500 each were made in early 2009 for the 2009-2010 academic year. Forty two completed applications were received and a seven person committee of pre- and post-retirement colleagues, appointed by Dean Dubrow, discussed the applications and recommended 12 for funding. Dean Dubrow reviewed those recommendations and informed the 12 individuals of their good fortune. Among the winners, one is from the Duluth campus and the remainder from the Twin Cities. Of those, four are from CLA, with one from each of the following colleges: CBS, IT, Design, the Medical School, Public Health, and the Law School. The final recipient is from the University Libraries. Anyone having questions or comments about the program, is invited to contact the UMRA Small Grants Committee. A summary of each of these grants can be found on the 2009 PDGR Abstracts page