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Jeremy Miner awarded international fellowship to South Africa

January 27, 2014
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EAU CLAIRE — Jeremy Miner, director of grants and contracts at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, is the recipient of an international fellowship to South Africa.

The fellowship, a joint initiative between the National Council of University Research Administrators and the South African Research & Innovation Management Association, aims to increase capacity for engaging in sponsored international projects.

"It is an honor to be awarded this NCURA-SARIMA International Fellowship, particularly at this momentous time in South Africa's history with the passing of Nelson Mandela, one of the country's — and the world's — greatest citizens," Miner said.

As research becomes an increasingly global endeavor, research administrators find themselves in a position of needing to understand a vast array of international practices, procedures, and policies, Miner said. He will spend two weeks at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa, the largest university in the Western Cape province with more than 32,000 students.

"NCURA International Fellowships fill a vital role in developing individual leaders who can facilitate U.S. and foreign research collaborations and who can understand grant lifecycles through appropriate cultural lenses," said Kathleen Larmett, executive director at NCURA.

The need for enhancing international research collaborations continues to grow, Miner said. In recent years, UW-Eau Claire faculty have received extramural funding to engage in research and scholarship activities at diverse destinations including Argentina, Cambodia, China, Finland, Hungary and Vietnam.

"Jeremy's personal and professional commitment to internationalization aligns perfectly with the UW-Eau Claire Centennial Plan goal to accelerate global learning," said Dr. Karen Havholm, assistant vice chancellor for research and sponsored programs.

New perspectives and insights on best practices in international research administration will help to create new opportunities for internationalizing the campus and to broaden a base of participation in global engagement activities by UW-Eau Claire faculty and students, Havholm said.

Miner is an active NCURA member at the national and regional levels, serving on committees, presenting workshops and concurrent sessions, and publishing journal articles. He is currently chair of NCURA Region IV.

For more information, contact Jeremy Miner at minerjt@uwec.edu.

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