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2018 DC Days

Kimberly Lightle
November 15, 2018

Ten EHE faculty went to Washington, D.C. on May 7-8, 2018 to visit federal agencies and their program officers in order to build relationships and learn about possible funding mechanisms. In addition, the group included eight faculty from the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), which provided an opportunity to network and increase collaboration across departments and colleges.

All three EHE department were represented:

  • Karen Beard, Educational Studies
  • Anne-Marie Nunez, Educational Studies
  • Kui Xie, Educational Studies
  • Xin Feng, Human Sciences
  • Drew Hanks, Human Sciences
  • Kelly Purtell, Human Sciences
  • Jen Wong, Human Sciences
  • Teddy Chao, Teaching and Learning
  • Donna Farland-Smith, Teaching and Learning
  • Tiffany Wild, Teaching and Learning

On day one, participants could choose to visit the U.S. Department of Education and meet with the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) program officers or the U.S. Department of Agriculture to learn about programs under the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). In the afternoon, everyone met with program officers from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

On the morning of day two, everyone headed to the Ohio State Office of Government Affairs on Capitol Hill to learn more about how our federal liaisons facilitate the development, implementation and advocacy of the university's federal agenda. Faculty spent the afternoon at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where they learned best practices for proposal development, about the agency’s peer review process and how to find the “right” funding opportunities.

During the two days, most faculty arranged time to visit individually with program officers to discuss their research and possible funding opportunities. The feedback from travelers was very positive – they learned a lot, truly enjoyed time with colleagues, and had some fantastic meetings with program officers. Hope you will join us next year!

2019 D.C. Days

Next year, D.C. Days is scheduled for May 6-8, 2019. Up to 10 EHE faculty members will be chosen through a competitive application process. The EHE Office of Research will pay $500 towards each researcher’s travel expenses which covers about half the travel costs. We stay in Alexandria, VA, and take the Metro to keep costs down. To find out more about the program and access the application, visit Applications are due by December 14, 2018.

Please contact Kimberly Lightle at


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