Research Committee Information

Research Committee

The University Research Committee (URC) evaluates policies and programs affecting scholarly and creative activities at the university. They encourage and facilitate cooperation between all sectors of the university, including centers, to promote disciplinary and transdisciplinary research, and to reduce any barriers to the free and open pursuit of research and creative expression for all faculty, students, and staff.


2019-2020 Chair

Abigail Norris Turner

Committee Members

Member Source Term Expires
Thaddeus Ezeji Faculty Council 2022
Eric Johnson Faculty Council 2022
William Minozzi Faculty Council 2022
Jan Lang Faculty Council 2022
Abigail Norris Turner Faculty Council 2022
Cinnamon Carlarne Faculty Council 2022
Purnima Kumar Faculty Council 2021
Joseph Heremans Faculty Council 2021
Melissa Bailey Faculty Council 2020
Andrea Grottoli Faculty Council 2020
Zhong-Lin Lu Faculty Council 2020
Moray Campbell Presidential 2022
Anne Kloos Presidential 2022
William Marras Presidential 2020
Rebecca Jackson Presidential 2020
Sunny Zong Research Staff 2022
Calvin Spanbauer USG 2020
David Hibler CGS 2020
Utkarsh Shah CGS 2020
James Gallagher IPC 2020
Sara Koenig Postdoc 2020
Asmita Murumkar Postdoc (non-voting) 2020
Brian Turner Senate Fiscal Committee Chair
Alicia Bertone Dean, Graduate School (non-voting)
Morley Stone SVP, Research (non-voting)

Rule 3335-5-48.14 University Research Committee

The committee shall consist of twenty-one voting and four non-voting members.

  1. Fifteen faculty members drawn from no less than eight colleges. Faculty with joint appointments across colleges may be chosen to represent either college. The term of service is three years.
    1. Eleven faculty members appointed by the executive committee of faculty council, at least three of whom are members of the senate and at least one of whom is a distinguished university professor or Ohio eminent scholar or National Academy member, and at least two of whom are non-tenure-track (clinical, research faculty).
    2. Four faculty members appointed by the president.
  2. One research scientist, or comparable staff member engaged in research, appointed by the vice president for research. The term of service is three years.
  3. Four students appointed by the respective governing bodies to one-year terms.
    1. Two graduate students.
    2. One undergraduate student.
    3. One professional student.
  4. One post-doc appointed by the Ohio state university postdoctoral association (OSU PDA). The term of service is one year.
  5. Four non-voting ex-officio members or designees.
    1. The senior vice-president for research.
    2. The dean of the graduate school.
    3. The senate fiscal committee chair.
    4. One post-doc appointed by the OSU PDA.
  6. The committee may vote to add any individual to a non-voting advisory role on an annual basis.
  1. Encourage and stimulate scholarly research and creative activity and foster a close relationship between education and scholarly research.
  2. Advise the vice president for research.
  3. Review, on a continuing basis, the policies and practices governing the conduct of research and scholarly activity.
  4. Coordinate with the governing bodies of the graduate school and with the office of undergraduate research.
  5. Make recommendations concerning the establishment, affiliation or abolition of centers or comparable organization that are primarily engaged in research.
  6. Collaborate in reviews of the budget of the office of research undertaken by the senate fiscal committee.
  1. The committee shall annually elect a chair from its regular faculty membership in the spring semester preceding the academic year of service for no more than three consecutive one-year terms.
  2. As a standing committee of the senate, this committee is also governed by the provisions of rules 3335-5-46 and 3335-5-48 of the Administrative Code.

(Board approval dates: 6/7/1991, 11/4/1994, 5/3/1996, 5/3/2002, 5/7/2004, 6/7/2005, 7/13/2007, 5/14/2010, 6/6/2014, 5/31/2019)