Integrative Research in the Sciences Furman University
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, OIRS currently includes a full-time staff of three including ​Dr. Wheeler, Dr. John Kaup (Coordinator of Science Education) and Ms. Tammy Cureton (Administrative Assistant).

Since 2008, OIRS has received $8M in funds supporting student and faculty research, curricular development, scholarship opportunities and outreach at Furman University.

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)
  • an NSF-RII cooperative agreement as part of a SC-EPSCoR Track I Award (2009-2015, renewal in preparation)
  • an NSF S-STEM Scholarships Award (2012-2017)
  • 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).

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