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Office of Integrative Research in the Sciences

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. Whee ler, 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.

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In 2005 and 2010, Furman shared awards with ten South Carolina colleges and universities with an overarching goal aimed at increasing biomedical research competitiveness in our state.

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Education & Outreach

Furman offers many opportunities to mentor, learn, and instruct in research.

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In 2009, Furman University was one of four PUIs in South Carolina supported by a $20M, 5-year cooperative agreement from NSF’s Research Infrastructure Improvement initiative (NSF-RII) to establish a statewide alliance in the field of tissue biofabrication (2008-2016).

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The SOAR Scholars program was a $600,00 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to Furman University providing tuition assistance to three cohorts of entering freshman intending to major in chemistry or biology.

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Reach out to us if you any questions about getting involved.​