Student Success in the Majors grants

Curricular complexity can pose a significant barrier to student success. The goal of any curricular redesign should be to maintain high standards while also assuring that curricular decisions increase the likelihood that first-time students will graduate in four years and transfer students will graduate in two years.

The Student Success in the Majors grants initiative supports faculty in targeted reflection on and redesign of their curricula to better support student success. Possible options — based on promising practices at other CSUs and beyond — include redesigning major courses to meet SF State Studies requirements or reducing prerequisites, but programs could propose other strategies that will serve the same goal of streamlining degree requirements.
Grants of $5,000 to $7,000 will be awarded to departments to support faculty in making curricular revisions that will be implemented in 2017-18. The result of the grant should be a proposed curricular change that is approved by the college and submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning.

Grant proposals will need the college dean or designee’s endorsement by Friday, Oct. 28. Awardees will be selected by a faculty committee. Further instructions can be found at Contact Interim Associate Dean of Academic Planning Jane DeWitt with questions.

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DARPA - Young Faculty Award (YFA)

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a Proposers Day to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of an anticipated Research Announcement (RA) for the Young Faculty Award (YFA) program.


The DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs. In particular, YFA will provide high-impact funding to elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research directions in the context of enabling transformative DoD capabilities.


The Proposers Day will be held on October 3, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

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SF State is #1 in the nation for Gilman Awardees

The opportunity to study in another country for a year may feel financially challenging —especially for students who rely heavily on financial aid — but for 35 Pell Grant recipients of this year, this is not the case. 


At least 35 SF State Students have been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to help fund their study abroad programs next spring semester. For fall 2016, they each will receive scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $8,000. Collectively, they have earned $157,500 in grant money.


With 35 recipients for fall 2016, SF State ranks first nationally in the number of awardees. Gilman continues to be an important source of study abroad funding for SF State students, the majority of whom receive financial aid.

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Comparative and World Literature and Jewish Studies

Professor and Chair of Comparative and World Literature Dane Johnson presented the paper “No Regrets: On the Pagan Possibilities of Being in the Americas” at the International Comparative Literature Association’s (ILCA) 21st Congress in Vienna July 21-27. He presented the paper to the conference group “The Text as Being: Ontologies of Redemption, Repair, and Regret,” which was sponsored by the ICLA Research Committee on Religions, Ethics, and Literature, a research committee chaired by Professor of Jewish Studies Kitty Millet.

Scholarships for Business Certificate in Ethics & Compliance

Four scholarships of up to $4,000 each for the Business Certificate in Ethics and Compliance program have been funded through the generous support of Kaiser Permanente. The scholarships will go toward unreimbursed tuition for postgraduate, graduate, MBA, MSA and MPA students at SF State who are accepted into the Business Certificate in Ethics and Compliance academic program and who meet the scholarship reimbursement eligibility requirements. For more information, contact Denise Kleinrichert at