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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. Wheeler, Dr. John Kaup (Director of Science Education) and Ms. Tammy Cureton (Administrative Assistant).

Since 2008, OIRS has received over $10M 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 ~ $1,000,000 in individual investigator awards since 2015.

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September 2020: Furman awarded ~ $1.1M through INBRE 4, a five-year award to a network of 14 SC institutions with overarching goal to increase biomedical research competitiveness in our state.

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The Furman STEM Scholars program is a $1,000,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to Furman University providing tuition assistance to two cohorts of entering freshman intending to major in a STEM discipline.

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In 2017, Furman University joined 7 other SC institutions in a $20M, 5-year cooperative agreement from NSF’s Research Infrastructure Improvement initiative (NSF-RII) to become a national leader in Materials Assembly and Design.

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Education & Outreach

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

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