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.


2018-2019 Chair

Purnima Kumar

Committee Members

Member Source Term Expires
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
Sam Stout Faculty Council 2019
Roland Kawakami Faculty Council 2019
Abigail Norris Turner Faculty Council 2019
William Marras Presidential 2020
Rebecca Jackson Presidential 2020
Tania (Tatiana) Oberyszyn Presidential 2019
Helen Chamberlin Presidential 2019
Austin Hilvert USG 2019
Amy Andes CGS 2019
Nicolas Lugo CGS 2019
James Gallagher IPC 2019
Brian Turner Senate Fiscal Committee Chair
Alicia Bertone Dean, Graduate School (non-voting)
Morley Stone SVP, Research (non-voting)

Rules / Responsibilities

The university research committee shall consist of sixteen voting and three non-voting members.

(1) Twelve 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.

(a) Eight 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.

(b) 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) Three student appointed by the respective governing bodies to one-year terms.

(a) Two graduate students.

(b) One undergraduate student.

(4) Ex officio members, non-voting (or their designees).

(a) The vice-president for research.

(b) The dean of the graduate school.

(5) The senate fiscal committee chair, or her or his designee, nonvoting.

(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 elect a chairperson from among its voting members. A chairperson shall serve a one-year term, and no more than one additional one-year term if reelected.

(2) As a standing council 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: 5/1/1986, 2/4/1994, 11/4/1994, 2/3/1995, 6/2/1995, 5/3/1996, 6/4/1999, 6/7/2005, 6/6/2014)