The Office of Integrative Research in the Sciences (OIRS) is responsible for developing, managing and assessing programmatic opportunities that cut across Furman’s science disciplines.
Created by the Provost’s Office in 2008 and directed by Dr. John Wheeler, Associate Provost for Integrative Science, OIRS currently includes a full-time staff of three including Dr. Wheeler, Dr. John Kaup (Director of Science Education) and Ms. Tammy Cureton (Administrative Assistant).
In the past decade OIRS has received over $8M in competitive funds supporting student and faculty research, curricular development, scholarship opportunities and outreach at Furman University. Moreover, science and math faculty have been provided with access to separate funding initiatives that have resulted in more than $750,000 in individual investigator awards since 2015.
Since 2008, OIRS has directed a number of different competitive federal and private initiatives including:
- three NIH-INBRE grants as part of the SC-IDeA network (2005-2010; 2010-2015, 2015-2020); ( 4th competitive application pending)
- two NSF-RII cooperative agreements as part of a SC-EPSCoR Track I Award (2009-2016; 2017-2022)
- an NSF S-STEM Scholarships Award (2012-2018)
- two Merck/AAAS Undergraduate Research Grants at the interface of Biology and Chemistry (2005-2008; 2009-2012), and
- an Undergraduate Science Education (USE) award from the HHMI, The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2008-2012).