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A Web Letter from the Office of the Provost - March 2021

By Mary Jane Chew

Provost’s Office awards instructional equipment grants

Purdue’s academic colleges and Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies have each received a portion of a grant designed to assist in the acquisition or replacement of instructional equipment for undergraduate courses and curricula. The Office of the Provost invited each college and Purdue Libraries to participate in a competitive process where they could submit up to three proposals for essential instructional equipment with a total budget up to $100,000. 

The criteria for selection included the number of students, courses, and instructors affected and overall degree of impact; relation to core outcomes of associated curricula; connection to innovation in teaching or improvements in courses based on proven pedagogies. Priority was given to proposals that supported innovative and high-impact teaching models or students’ experiences. Deans also provided a priority ranking.

The Provost’s Office will fund 14 proposals totaling more than $1 million. Following are the Colleges/units and the projects that will receive funding for instructional equipment:

  • Agriculture - Biochemistry: Preparing Students for molecular life science careers through innovative research-based laboratory learning.
  • Agriculture - Botany and Plant Pathology: Keeping the pace in Plant Science Education: Introduction of optical microscopy and imaging as interactive learning tools for Undergraduate Education and Outreach.
  • Education - Educational Studies: Empowering Pre-service Teachings with Emerging Technologies and IN-depth Faculty Feedback.
  • Education - Educational Studies: Creative Assistive and Rehabilitative Technology Solutions (CARTS).
  • Engineering - Biomedical Engineering: BME Laboratory Re-Design to Support Student Specialization.
  • Health and Human Sciences - Health Sciences: Field portable XRF for Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences Instruction.
  • Liberal Arts - Film and Video Studies: Increasing Student engagement in Film and Video Production by decreasing the student to equipment ratio.
  • Liberal Arts - Design, Art and Performance: Rueff School Instructional Equipment Request Project.
  • Libraries and School of Information Studies - Parrish Library of Management & Economics Instruction Space Update.
  • Pharmacy - Pharmacy Practice: Purdue Resume Enhancement Program (PREP) for Career Success.
  • Science - Chemistry: Increasing Student Access to Modern Instrumentation for the Quantitative Characterization of Molecules in Organic Chemistry Teaching Laboratories.
  • Science - Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science: Flexible, Portable Kit-Based Laboratory Instruction in Atmospheric Science.
  • Veterinary Medicine - Veterinary Clinical Services: Transition of Shelter Medicine Teaching from the Priority 4 Paws Mobile Unit to On-site.
  • Veterinary Medicine - Veterinary Administration: Upgrade of AV Equipment in three Lynn Hall Classrooms.

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