Celebrating Scholarly and Creative Activities
Inaugural Research Week Showcases Work of Students, Faculty
March 18, 2013
Cal State Fullerton’s José L. Cruz, provost and vice president for academic affairs, lauded students and the faculty for their accomplishments in scholarly and creative activities during Monday’s kickoff of a weeklong program showcasing research.
“I was right about the potential this University has to become a major player in the nation’s quest to once again lead the world in educational attainment,” said Cruz, who joined CSUF three months ago and delivered the keynote address. “In my short time here, I’ve confirmed that Cal State Fullerton is a University that lives its mission and puts learning above all else. Cal State Fullerton is a University that actively engages its students, faculty and staff in the hard work of expanding knowledge and enriching lives.”
The inaugural Research Week, themed “Celebrating Research at Cal State Fullerton,” highlights student and faculty work with poster sessions, student awards and best practices with discussions on such topics as integrating teaching and research and opportunities for securing external funding, as well as guest faculty panelists and speakers.
CSUF President Mildred García delivered opening remarks and told attendees that the week “celebrates our faculty and student research, scholarly and creative achievements and is a vehicle for our campus and community partners to learn more about each other and expand those partnerships.”
García noted that undergraduate research is a high-impact practice, facilitating student retention and graduation rates and also plays an important role in sustaining CSUF’s diverse student body.
“The real stars of this week are the students and their faculty members; you are to be congratulated for taking this opportunity to develop and hone your research and presentation skills in your disciplines,” she said. “These skills will serve you well throughout your academic and professional careers. I am very proud of these students — you are the true points of pride for our University.”
Cruz noted that for Cal State Fullerton to truly become a world leader in higher education, the University’s sense of purpose "must be matched by the intensity and coherence of its actions."
“And, there’s no better proof that we are well-versed in what it takes to be successful than the extraordinary quality, breadth and relevance of the scholarly and creative work we will explore this week,” he added.
Over the last three decades, Cruz pointed out, external funding to CSUF to support research has grown significantly.
Funding through grants and contracts in the 1980s was about $24.2 million. By the 1990s, the amount more than tripled to $79.8 million, Cruz said. Over the last decade, funding reached a total of $168.2 million. Since 2010 alone, the University has secured about $62.3 million.
“The scholarly and creative output has kept pace with this increased funding,” he said.
Cruz also noted that the volume of published research and scholarly and creative activity continues to rise. For instance, in 2010-11, a total of 467 peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations and creative exhibitions that included at least one student author were tallied, and this past academic year, the total increased to 739.
In closing, Cruz added that he is committed to working with faculty, students and staff “to nurture the teacher-scholar model and leverage it to make Cal State Fullerton an institution that others will look to in their efforts to support their local communities and contribute to our national educational attainment goals.
“To those who doubt that public institutions can expand access, improve quality, increase degree completion rates and keep costs affordable, I say ‘come to Fullerton; we’ll show you the way.’ ”
Research Week 2013 is sponsored by the Office of the Associate Vice President for Graduate Programs and Research with support from the academic colleges and administrative divisions. For a complete listing of Research Week activities, visit the website.
Concurrently, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is hosting the Inter-Club Council’s “Explorations in Math and Science” symposium. For details, visit the website.
By: Debra Cano Ramos, 657-278-4027