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DCEPS Research Support Center Launches to Empower Research Excellence

By: MINDY AYALA-DIAZ

The Darden College of Education & Professional Studies (DCEPS) is proud to announce the official launch of the DCEPS Research Support Center, a groundbreaking initiative aimed at fostering research excellence within the academic and professional community. The DCEPS Research Support Center is committed to assisting faculty in their pursuit of impactful scholarly activities.

Research plays a pivotal role in driving positive change and making a difference in our community and beyond. Recognizing this, the center aims to provide essential resources and support to individuals balancing research responsibilities alongside their other commitments.

The mission of the DCEPS Research Support Center is to maximize the impact of scholarly activity by:

  1. Promoting interdisciplinary relationships among faculty, students, and community partners.
  2. Establishing platforms and networks to facilitate the sharing of new knowledge.
  3. Developing robust infrastructure for funding development and resource acquisition.
  4. Offering professional development and mentorship programs that pave the way for research excellence.

As one of the top 5% of universities nationwide to earn the prestigious Carnegie "Research 1" Classification, ODU has a rich tradition of very high research activity. The establishment of the DCEPS Research Support Center underscores our commitment to further enhancing the research capabilities of our academic community.

Dr. Petros Katsioloudis, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Research at DCEPS, who is leading the center, quotes: "Fostering Faculty Excellence, Shaping Educational Futures - the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies Research Support Center stands by our dedicated faculty students and partners, empowering them to lead the way in transforming education and professional practice through research."

The DCEPS Research Support Center has hired one graduate assistant dedicated to assisting research faculty with creating graphics and data visualizations. Furthermore, the center is in the process of searching for another graduate assistant who will specialize in copy editing. These additions will further bolster the support available to DCEPS faculty members as they pursue their research endeavors.

The DCEPS Research Support Center is an invaluable resource for DCEPS faculty members and their research initiatives. It is poised to facilitate groundbreaking discoveries, foster innovation, and drive positive change in our community and beyond.

For more information about the DCEPS Research Support Center and to request assistance, please email dcepsresearchcenter@odu.edu or visit the official website at /www.odu.edu/eps/research.

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