University of Vermont

Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR)

Faculty Activity Network (FAN)

We are accepting FAN applications for the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters. Please see "How to Apply," below.

Upcoming FAN Events

December 5, 2017
Hamid R. Ossareh, Assistant Professor
Dept. of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

My research is in the area of control systems, which aims to employ mathematical models to design control policies that change the behavior of systems in a desired manner. Find out more >>

January 26, 2018
Emily L. Coderre, Assistant Professor
Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders

This gathering will consist of a tour of the electroencephalography (EEG) lab housed in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Find out more >>

March 9, 2018
Jianing Li, Assistant Professor / Juan Vanegas, Assistant Professor
Dept. of Chemistry / Dept. of Physics

We feel it is important for more experimental researchers in medicine, biology, and relevant fields to learn what computer modeling and simulation can do for them. Find out more >>

Many thanks to the faculty members who hosted our Spring 2015 FAN gatherings.

In order to encourage UVM faculty members to learn about each other's work and to work collaboratively, we are pleased to offer a second year of the Faculty Activity Network (FAN) initiative.

This program is designed to encourage and foster faculty members (ideally between three and eight individuals at a time) to tour each other's laboratories or research spaces, studios, design/creative spaces, or wherever their research, scholarship, or creative work is done. After the tour and discussion, participants are expected to have lunch at Waterman Manor (hosted by Vice President for Research Richard Galbraith) to talk about their experiences that day and any possible collaborations, projects, or proposals that might come out of their time spent together.

Teams of faculty members that participate in a FAN gathering will be eligible to apply for up to $1,000 (per team) in funds for proposal or pre-proposal development, or small collaborative projects that might further interactive research, scholarship, or creative works.

How to Apply

If you are a faculty member and would like to apply to host a FAN gathering, please send a 1-2 paragraph email to explaining:

  • why you would like to be a host;
  • why your work would be of general interest to other faculty members who have no expertise in your field;
  • the particular dates that would work well for you; and
  • the number of guests you can accommodate.

We will collect and organize dates and opportunities, then make them available to other faculty for review and sign up. In all cases, the gathering should be approximately from 10am to noon, followed by lunch at Waterman Manor (approved dates subject to Manor availability).

Please note: Interested guests should reply directly to the FAN host to sign up for the gathering, and hosts are also encouraged to directly invite guests where appropriate. Previous FAN hosts are eligible to apply again, but preference will be given to new applicants.


The deadline is rolling and will close once ten FAN gatherings have been approved, so be sure to get your application in early.


If you have any questions, please contact Dan Harvey at