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For the Record

March 8, 2005


Applicants sought for SPA Awards
The Student Personnel Association is seeking nominations for the annual SPA Awards, given to staff who have shown achievement in student services.

Nominees for the Chancellor’s Award ($1,000) must have been on staff for at least 15 years and have demonstrated professional involvement both on and off campus. Nominees for the two Norman Bassett Awards ($500 each) must show a record of outstanding achievement and/or excellence in service in student personnel over a long period. Nominees for the Frontline Award ($500) should show positive influence in their frontline positions within an office. Nominees for the Campus Impact Award ($500) must have been in their current position for no more than five years and must demonstrate excellence and/or innovation in student personnel work. Nominees for the Award for Excellence in Student Affairs ($500) should have been in their position for at least five years and truly exemplify the important role of the student affairs professional. Nominees for the Plan 2008 Award of Excellence ($500) can be an individual or group that has demonstrated a sense of initiative, advocacy, spirit and inspiration in striving toward the successful progress of Plan 2008.

Letters of nomination and supporting material will be accepted through Friday, March 18. The awards will be presented at the SPA Annual Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, April 27.

For more information, contact Renee Alfano, chair of the 2005 SPA Awards Committee, at 262-2421 or, or visit the SPA Web site at


WAGE seeks grant proposals
The Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE) is offering an individual grant competition to support research projects on globalization and the international economy. Awards of up to $75,000 are anticipated for these one-time grants, which will range from $5,000-$15,000 and be available for use during fiscal year 2005-2006 (July 1, 2005-June 30, 2006).

All UW–Madison faculty and qualified members of the academic staff are encouraged to apply. The awards can cover any direct research expense such as graduate or project assistants, overseas travel, databases, books and materials, or workshop or conference expenses.

The grants are meant to support research projects that explore the consequences and challenges posed by economic globalization and its governance, including proposals focused on social movements critical of globalization or raising questions of democratic accountability.

Proposals should be submitted no later than Monday, April 4 to To apply, submit a short project description (no longer than 1,500 words) that details the research question(s) and methods of inquiry, along with a CV and a budget. All proposals should be submitted electronically. Attachments should be in MS Office or PDF format, and if possible, combined into a single document.

Six paper copies of the entire application should be sent to Individual Research Award, Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE), UW–Madison, 321 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706.

For questions or concerns, contact Alison Alter, WAGE associate director, at For more information, visit

GLSI call for funding proposals in 2005
The Global Legal Studies Initiative (GLSI) is providing modest amounts of seed money, $500-$2,000, for interdisciplinary projects that would advance its goals of promoting the understanding of international, transnational and comparative legal systems; processes and regimes; and disseminating that knowledge to students and constituencies on and off campus.

The funding is available to UW faculty, academic staff and campus organizations.

Proposals can include a request to fund international travel for individual research purposes, hosting an international legal scholar or providing partial support for a larger project.

GLSI funding recipients are expected to submit a single-page summary report about their project when it is completed and acknowledge GLSI support in publications.

Proposals to cover spring 2005 projects must be submitted by Friday, March 11. The deadline for fall 2005 will be announced at a later date.

To apply, submit a three- to five-page written description of the project with a budget summary to Heinz Klug, director, Global Legal Studies Initiative, UW Law School, 975 Bascom Mall, Madison, WI 53706.

Information about upcoming GLSI events will be posted on the Institute for Legal Studies events page and calendar located at

Grants available for humanities programs
The Wisconsin Humanities Council is offering grants to humanities scholars and nonprofit organizations in Wisconsin. Mini-grants of up to $2,000 are awarded six times a year, with a coming deadline of Tuesday, March 15. Major grants not exceeding $10,000 are available three times a year, with the next deadline on Friday, April 15.

WHC grants fund projects that facilitate discussion and exchange between humanities scholars and the public. Topics may include an aspect of the humanities and public interest matters to which scholars may bring a humanities perspective.

WHC grant guidelines and application forms are available at

Phone calls are strongly encouraged before submitting an application. For more information, contact Dena Wortzel at or Jessica Becker at or 262-0706.

Funding available for teaching with technology
The Division of Information Technology Academic Technology is offering Innovation Awards through its Engage program to faculty and instructors who have ideas that will transform teaching and learning.

Awards vary based on the needs of each project and may include financial support and/or design consultation to transform an idea into reality. Projects should provide a creative solution to an instructional need or challenge.

To apply, e-mail a brief abstract of 100-150 words to or call 262-5667 with an idea. Applications will be accepted throughout the year. For more information, visit

Grant offers studying global studies on UW campus
UW’s Global Studies will run a Summer 2005 Scholar Access Grant program open to all faculty currently teaching at any two-year, four-year or technical college in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa or Minnesota. Awardees are funded to come to UW–Madison for one week between May 15 and Aug. 10 to consult with international studies specialists and to use the university’s international and global studies library collections.

Three scholars will be selected to participate in the program. Applications to study themes closely related to those of the Global Studies program, such as globalization, global citizenship, environment, sustainability and human rights, will receive priority consideration. The grant covers transportation to Madison, lodging, per diem and miscellaneous research expenses up to $750. At the end of the grant period, scholars must submit a short project report to Global Studies outlining Madison activities and specific plans to integrate information gained from the grant into courses.

Applicants should send a current CV and letter of interest outlining their research plan and its relevance to their undergraduate teaching. E-mail applications to with Scholar Access Grant Application in the subject line, or mail submissions to 301 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706-1380, marked as Attn: Scholar Access Grants.

Applications must be received by Monday, April 4.

Scholarship available to science students
Thermo Electron Corp. has started a scholarship program for science students at UW–Madison.

Each year, two freshmen will be selected to receive scholarship money totaling $10,000 each. Recipients must show financial need, have a 3.5 or higher high school GPA, have a minimum score of 1150 on the SAT, have a science major and maintain a 3.2 GPA or better. Scholarship is renewable for up to four years.

The selection is automatically made from incoming freshmen.

The world’s leading supplier of scientific instruments, software and services, Thermo Electron Corp. offers scholarships at two other universities and plans to expand the program next semester to three others.

Jim Buske, scholarship administrator in the Office of Student Financial Services, says the first two students were awarded the scholarships this year. They were selected from a pool of freshmen with majors in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics and medical technology.

Calling poets and writers to work in a German villa
The Hessen Literary Society is offering a stipend for a Wisconsin poet or writer to live and work in a German villa for three months. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 11. Application materials and guidelines are available at the Wisconsin Academy’s Web site,

In an effort to build cultural ties between the central German state of Hessen and its sister state, Wisconsin, one poet or writer from Wisconsin will be selected to live and work in Wiesbaden during the months of August, September and October 2005, and will receive a stipend of 1,000 Euros per month. He or she will stay free of charge at Villa Clementine, a state-run residence for literary and cultural exchange, but will pay his or her own travel expenses. The poet or writer is expected to give public readings, conduct workshops and participate in various other ways in the German literary community.

The chosen candidate will be notified by May 1.

For information: Joan Fischer at 263-1692, ext. 16, or e-mail


Online short courses offered
These six-week courses begin every month. Choose from the following categories: Computer usage including digital photography and computer programming; languages; writing and publishing; entertainment; industry careers; grant writing and nonprofit management; business planning and entrepreneurial courses; sales and marketing; accounting; family and personal enrichment; art; history; psychology; literature; math; philosophy; science; law and legal careers; and courses for teaching professionals.

Six-week courses start at $79 and are listed online at For more information call 263-2850 or e-mail