Vice President for Graduate Affairs
Fellow Red Raiders,
I love Texas Tech and I love being a Red Raider. I graduated with my Bachelor's degree in Cell and Molecular Biology in 2011, fell in love with my undergraduate research project, and had to come back for my Master's to see it through. To me, that's what graduate school is about. It's about finding your passion and following it where it may take you. My ultimate goal is help foster an environment conducive to that mantra so please feel free to let me know how I can assist you further.
How will the Government Shut Down Affect Graduate Students?
- Proposal submissions to federal agencies. Grants.gov will continue to be functional during a shut-down for receipt of grant proposals. However, grants.gov will not be delivering the proposals to the sponsoring agencies. Therefore, you will not know until the shutdown concludes whether your proposal made it through all of the error checking for that particular agency’s rules. For NSF proposals, Fastlane will not be available during the shutdown. NSF will provide updated information about any deadlines occurring during a shutdown after business at the agency resumes.
- Grant and Contract Funding. Agencies will allow work being performed under already funded awards to continue unless an agency has provide a stop work notice for a particular award. No new awards, award increments, supplements or modifications will be processed during the shutdown. HHS will allow the university to continue to draw down funds on existing awards, but NSF’s payment mechanisms will not be available. Nonetheless, UC Davis will continue to support existing projects to prevent disruption of research activities. In the event a project account expires while waiting for the next award increment, please utilize the Advance Account Request form http://research.ucdavis.edu/pgc/d/spo/AdvanceAcctRequest.pdf to continue your sponsored research account.
- Research Collaborations/subcontracts. Sponsored Programs will not be able to issue (execute) new subawards or subaward amendments on federally funded programs that are expired during the shut- down even if an advance account request is in place. Collaborators should be prepared to utilize their own risk-account processes for the duration of the shut-down in order to continue ongoing research work.
- Availability of federal staff. Federal staff will be furloughed for the duration of the shut down and will not be available for questions or discussions or speaking engagements.
- Grant and Contract Reporting. NSF and HHS systems for reporting (research.gov, RPPR) will not be functional during a shutdown. Federal staff will also not be available to assist with requests for modifications and/or guidance relative to your awards. Please be prepared to submit required reports as soon as the government and its systems are up and running again.
- Service on Review panels. All agency reviews scheduled during a shut-down will be cancelled.
Credit: Meredith Niles, Director of Legislative Affairs, NAGPS
Responsibilities & Initiatives
- Continue to create a better and more comfortable academic environment for graduate study and research.
- Work with Center for Campus Life and partners across campus to develop and execute a New Graduate Student Orientation.
- Raise funds for research-related travel.
- Lobby legislators in Austin, TX and Washington DC for a solution to the rising graduate student debt.
- Attract top researchers in the country with scholarships that reward research experience.
- Work on the TEDxTexasTech planning committee to help market the event to undergraduate and graduate students.
- Work with the University Career Center to find employers specifically looking to hire students with advanced degrees.
- Provide a shuttle for new graduate students arriving at the Lubbock Airport (LBB) to the University.