- Travel Policy
The MRI Board administers the Faculty Travel Program (FTP). The funds for this program are in a distinct account, separate from the primary MRI account, and the primary MRI account will not be used to augment the FTP account.
The outline of the program is the following:
- A faculty member, including postdocs and faculty from the Branch campuses, can request up to $1200 of professional travel support in an academic year (September 1 to August 31). Emeritus faculty requests will be made on a case-by-case basis.
- These funds can be used to support travel of the faculty members themselves, but also to support travel for their graduate students or postdocs.
- There is no rollover of funds from one year to the next.
Requests for FTP should be addressed to Marilyn Radcliff with a copy to Avner Friedman.
- Each MRI supported seminar should have an official contact person. This person is to be a Regular Faculty (i.e. tenured or tenure track or senior faculty that are non-tenured only by reason of immigration status). This person will be responsible for the budget and for reporting functions as outlined below.
- At the end of the year, each MRI supported seminar should give to the MRI a list of all speakers that received MRI support, as well as titles of talks and dates. This will become part of the permanent record of the MRI.
- The standard MRI support for each seminar is $5000 per year.
- There is no rollover of funds from one year to another.
- Request for seminar support should be addressed to Sandy Masters with a copy to Avner Friedman.
- Short and Long Term Visitors
The MRI provides support (typically lodging and per diem) for short term visitors, up to two weeks. Often a seminar speaker is invited to extend the visit beyond the 3 days covered by the Seminar budget. Such a visitor will receive additional support from the Short Term Visitors budget. Long Term Visitors typically receive travel and local expenses, but no honorarium. Such visitors are requested to be here for at least two weeks. Applications should be submitted at least a few weeks prior to the proposed Short Term Visitor visit. There is typically a request sent out soliciting Long Term Visitor requests in the Fall of each academic year.
The applications should be sent to Avner Friedman with a copy to Sandy Masters.
- Distinguished Visitors
MRI Distinguished Visitors are invited to the department for periods ranging from two weeks to one quarter. Exceptional cases of one-week visits will also be considered. The activities of these visitors will be arranged to include graduate student component such as mini-course, or colloquium and seminar talks.
The MRI Board will select each Fall a group of Distinguished Visitors to be invited during the academic year. Initial selection will be made around November 1.
To the extent that funding remains available, additional applications, with no specific deadline, will be considered during the remainder of the year.
Applications by an individual or a group of faculty should include CV, the proposed dates for the visit, and a brief description of the research benefits to the department.
The approved Distinguished Visitors will receive full support (travel, hotel, and per diem) as well as an honorarium, in exceptional cases.
Request for and suggestions for Distinguished Visitors should be sent to Avner Friedman with a copy to Sandy Masters.
- Rado and Zassenhaus Distinguished Lecturers
The Rado Lectures were established to honor the memory of Tibor Rado who was a member of the department during 1930-1965. These lectures are to be given in some area of analysis, broadly interpreted. The Zassenhaus Lectures were established to honor the memory of Hans Zassenhaus who was a member of the department from 1963-1982. These lectures are to be given in some area of algebra, broadly interpreted.
The MRI will support each year both the Rado and Zassenhaus Distinguished lecturers. Faculty are encouraged to send suggestions to Avner Friedman with a copy to Sandy Masters.
The MRI encourages and supports conferences that are to take place at OSU. A proposal should describe the content of the conference, the proposed dates, and provide a list of organizers, and of potential (or confirmed) participants.
The MRI Board will respond very quickly to provide seed money, and thus enable initial planning and timely application for external funding.
It is expected that the conference organizers will seek external funding for their conferences
The Proposals should be sent to Avner Friedman, with a copy to Sandy Masters, normally at least 9 months before the starting date of the conference.
- Special Year Programs
The MRI has been running Special Year Programs with partial support from the NSF. The themes have been:
2008 – 2009 Analytic and Algebraic Geometry: Multiplier Ideas
2009 – 2010 Noncommutative Geometry and Applications to Number Theory
2010 – 2011 Topology and Geometric Group Theory
2011 – 2012 Interactions Between Ergodic Theory, Number Theory, and Noncommutative Geometry
The MRI seeks suggestions for annual themes, in particular themes that connect different areas in the mathematical sciences.
- Faculty Stimulus Program
This is a two-year program, beginning September 2010, designed to encourage research and involvement in the PhD program of tenure or tenure track faculty members who are research active but who may have been slowing down as measured by publications and the number of their PhD students. The group of faculty members that would be eligible for this program consists of faculty with no grant support. The program provides funding of at least 5K a year for two years which may be used to bring short term visitors, travel to conferences, or travel to collaborate or consult with a research program. Those who wish to participate in this program should submit a two year plan with specific goals. Applications need not exceed one or two pages. Participants will submit a summary report by the end of each year. The MRI will aim to help faculty apply for external funding by providing supporting activities or matching funds that make external funding more likely.
The MRI Board is charged with deciding on a case-by-case basis whether a faculty member is eligible for this program based on his/her research activity and the amount of MRI funding available.
Request for stimulus money should be sent to Avner Friedman with a copy to Sandy Masters.