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Proposals for the Faculty and Staff Research Awards are due by 4:00 pm on
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Research Funding Opportunities and Meetings with Bob Granger, President of
William T. Grant Foundation: April 28-29, 2010

The University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development is
hosting a two day visit to campus for Bob Granger, President of the William
T. Grant Foundation on April 28 and 29, 2010. We have arranged for Bob to
talk about the funding programs of the Foundation on April 28th and conduct
public symposium on April 29th. We are pleased to offer this special
invitation to participate in one or more of the opportunities noted below
while he is in town. Bob is a first rate researcher and the foundation is a
major private funder of research on children and youth. We hope you will
come learn more about the current priorities of the Foundation as well as
Dr. Granger's analysis of where we are and what is needed to improve the
contexts and outcomes for children and young people both in school and in
the community. Pick the opportunities that most fit your interests and RSVP
as soon as possible as we expect times will fill up.

April 28, 2010 / 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. / 240 Burton Hall
Explore the W.T Grant Scholars Program for Early Career Faculty

The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports promising early-career
researchers (defined as having received the terminal degree within 7 years
of submitting an application) from diverse disciplines, who have
demonstrated success in conducting high-quality research and are seeking to
further develop and broaden their expertise. This is a very prestigious
award with only 4-6 scholars chosen each year and we are very excited to
bring you this most unusual opportunity to participate in this discussion.
Please RSVP to Laura Hagen (

April 28, 2010 / 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. / 227 Burton Hall
Funding Opportunities with the W. T. Grant Foundation

Dr. Granger will present an overview of all the various grant programs the
Foundation offers and the areas they are most interested in funding. This
session is open to all University faculty and research staff with an
interest in children and youth. Lunch will be provided by the University of
Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development. Please RSVP to Laura Hagen
( as there is limited space available. For additional
information about the Foundation and its many grant programs, please visit

April 28, 2010 / 1:45 to 4:30 p.m. / 108 Burton Hall
Special Opportunities to Discuss Your Ideas for Funding

For the rest of the afternoon, Dr. Granger has agreed to meet with
researchers or teams to explore one on one their ideas for research
projects. There are five 30 minute slots available for this personal
interaction. If you are interested in meeting with Dr. Granger, please
prepare a half-page description of your research plan plus a one-paragraph
description of how this fits with the foundation's current research

April 29, 2010 / 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. / McNamara Alumni Center, Memorial Hall
Inquiry to Impact Public Symposium -- In Pursuit of Effective Best Practices
for Out of School Time

Faculty, staff, students, and the public are invited to attend the
University of Minnesota Extension Center's free symposium as part of their
ongoing Inquiry to Impact series bridging research and practice in youth
development. While free, registration is greatly appreciated and expected.

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