Getting a Leg Up

Getting a Leg Up

Feb 19
Kathy Partlow, Research and Grant Development Specialist
  

I’m one of those people that likes to use sayings without knowing the origin of the meaning.  Luckily, according to Google “getting a leg up” refers to getting a boost or advantage and originates from receiving help to mount a horse, where the helper would cup their hands in order to provide a foothold.  One goal of the Office of Research is to provide these “footholds” in research to ACES students, staff, and faculty.  We recently launched the 6th ACES Research Academy sponsored by the Office of Research.  This year the Academy is comprised of 13 junior faculty from not only within ACES, but also the College of Veterinary Medicine and for the first time the School of Social Work.  The goal of the Academy is to provide “a leg up” to these junior faculty and help ensure their future success.  As the junior faculty come together weekly this semester, they will get a chance to receive wisdom from some of the most successful faculty in our College, gain firsthand experience in grant preparation and writing, and travel to Washington, DC to meet one-on-one with federal funding agencies.  Over 60 faculty have participated in the 5 years of this program.  As I looked across the crowd at the opening reception, where past and present members came together, I noticed that this program imparted more than just knowledge.  It also provided the opportunity to develop lifelong friendships among colleagues.  You can learn more about the ACES Research Academy on our website.