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Madison Initiative accepts 114 second-round proposals

The Madison Initiative for Undergraduates (MIU) has accepted 114 proposals for review for its second-round deadline on Nov. 23.

Members of the Madison Initiative oversight committee and the student oversight board will begin reviewing proposals until the end of winter break and then make recommendations to Chancellor Biddy Martin and Provost Paul DeLuca. Decisions for this second stage are expected in early spring.

“We’re pleased with both the number and quality of the proposals that we’ve received,” says Aaron Brower, vice provost for teaching and learning. “We want all deans and department chairs to know that we won’t be able to fund every worthy effort, and hope that many can be resubmitted in future rounds.”

Brower says that a third round of proposals will likely be accepted in fall 2010, with decisions announced by the end of February 2011.

For faculty hires authorized in this second round, searches for these positions will commence in fall 2010, with faculty starting in fall 2011. Round three competition likely to occur in fall 2010 will lead to faculty hiring authorization in early spring 2011, with searches under way in fall 2011 for fall 2012 starts.

In the first round, Martin and the MIU oversight committee identified eight proposals, ranging from an electronic system designed to capture notes of student meetings with advisers to College of Letters & Science faculty lines, to become the first recipients of funding.

Due to the large volume of proposals, full posting to the Madison Initiative Web site will not be immediately available.

To view the proposals, e-mail Sheila Voss at to receive access to the Madison Initiative MyWebspace page.

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