Distinction through Discovery Undergraduate Curriculum Grants Program



Online application: http://tinyurl.com/dtdpreproposal

The Distinction through Discovery Undergraduate Curriculum Grant Program provides seed funding for the incorporation of research and inquiry practices into undergraduate upper-division curricula. The Distinction through Discovery Curriculum Committee encourages departments and programs to take a holistic, programmatic approach to incorporating research and inquiry at the course, program, college, or university level

Review criteria to be considered for full proposal invitations include:

  • Articulate how the curricular changes fit into the mission of the department(s) or program(s).
  • Explain how the curricular changes will result in high-quality research and inquiry experiences for the program(s) and undergraduate students.
  • Clearly demonstrate support for undergraduate scholarship.
  • Lead to the achievement of the Distinction through Discovery student learning outcomes (seen below) 

The committee encourages programs across the entire university to apply. For your convenience, the online application can be found here .   


NEW! A pre-proposal evaluation form has now been established. The committee will use this rubric to rate the submitted pre-proposals.

Faculty submitting pre-proposals who are invited to submit a full proposal will be asked to participate in a Distinction through Discovery workshop in April to assist with development of the full proposal.

Deadline for pre-proposals:  February 10th, 2014
Pre-proposals selection for full proposal submission: Monday March 14th, 2014
Distinction through Discovery workshops: April TBD
Full proposals due: Monday May 12th, 2014
Full proposals selection: Monday June 16th, 2014 

Questions related to the curriculum grant program should be directed to Dr. Donna Chamely-Wiik at dchamely@fau.edu or 561-297-1019. 

Distinction through Discovery Student Learning Outcomes

The Distinction through Discovery Student Learning Outcomes which research and inquiry incorporate are:

     SLO 1: Knowledge.  Students will demonstrate content knowledge, core principles, and skills.

     SLO 2: Formulate Questions.  Students will formulate research questions, scholarly or creative problems with integration of fundamental principles and knowledge in a manner appropriate to the discipline.

     SLO 3: Plan of Action.   Students will develop and implement a plan of action to address research and inquiry questions or scholarly problems.

     SLO 4: Critical Thinking.   Students will apply critical thinking skills to evaluate information, their own work, and the work of others.

     SLO 5: Ethical Conduct.   Students will identify significant ethical issues in research and inquiry and/or address them in practice.

     SLO 6: Communication.   Students will convey all aspects of their research and inquiry (processes and/or products) in appropriate formats, venues, and delivery modes.


Curriculum Grants Program Previous Awardees

In June 2013, sixteen proposals from teams of faculty across the university submitted excellent proposals to our program.  These proposals were reviewed by faculty, staff, and student evaluators. The following eight projects have been awarded Distinction through Discovery Curriculum Grants for the 2013-2014 academic year:

  1. Dr. Geraldine Blattner from the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
  2. Dr. Daniel de Lill from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
  3. Drs. Patricia Heydet-Kirsch and Lori Dassa from the College of Education
  4. Drs. Fred Hoffman and Terje Hoim from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and the Wilkes Honors College
  5. Drs. Joy Longo and Sharon Dormire from the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
  6. Dr. Dianne Owen from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
  7. Drs. Pete Scarlatos and Daniel Meeroff from the College of Engineering
  8. Dr. Justin White from the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters

These faculty are currently working with the Distinction through Discovery (DTD) committee to effectively integrate research and inquiry practices and the student learning outcomes of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) into their courses.  


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