GSEF Project Funding Recipients: Spring 2010

The Graduate Studies Endowment Fund (GSEF) has announced the Spring 2010 winners for project funding.

  • $7432.54 for the Lois Matthews Reading Room Improvement Project to upgrade their furniture and obtain lamps and track lighting.
  • $1730 for the 11th Annual Human Factors Inter-University Workshop to provide food and refreshments during the workshop.
  • $789.87 for Academic Alternatives to provide food for their meetings.
  • $900 for the Transportation Group Seminar Series for Fall 2010 to provide refreshments during the seminar as well as poster advertisements.
  • $5000 for the 1st Waterloo Conference on “Characteristics, Risk, and Management of Natural Hazards (ChaRisMa)” for coffee breaks and travel funds for one invited speaker.

  • $2900 for the Fourth Symposium of Health Technology 2010 to provide refreshments for the symposium’s first day’s coffee break and travel funds for one speaker.
  • $750 for the Transportation Group to receive a new black and white printer.
  • $500 for the Flowing Water – Masterworks Exhibit to install their show in addition to miscellaneous printing, publication, etc. costs at the Design at Riverside Gallery (contingent on their acceptance). Did not get accepted

We wish to express our thanks to all individuals who put time into submitting and reviewing the applications!

Report from the project application review committee.

Initially, 21 applications were received requesting approximately $80,000-$90,000. At the first review meeting, 12 were rejected, bringing down the requested funds to approximately $50,000-60,000. We discussed the various projects and what additional information was required to decide how to allocate the funds. Over the next few weeks, we compiled additional details (checking other funding situations, asking projects from a single department to be rank ordered, etc) and disseminated this information electronically. We met for a second time and decided on the fund allocations, with one project being rejected at this stage (their application was good and had departmental support, but some details still needed to be worked out so we recommended they reapply next term). We then discussed the applications, and arrived at the final totals seen above. In some cases, the final amount award was less than the amount originally applied for (example reasons: receiving funding from departments, some aspects deemed less crucial to the project than others, etc).

Note: January 1, 2011 is the deadline for reimbursements for these projects, unless granted an extension by the GSEF Board of Directors, or Coordinator and Treasurer for relatively minor extensions.

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