Research Support & Resources
The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is among the largest public research universities in the country with extensive research partnerships and opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) offers a robust support system for all disciplines that differentiates CLA from other liberal arts colleges and universities across the United States.
CLA Research Support Services
CLA Research Support Services provides consultative services to researchers in the College of Liberal Arts and across the University. With a high level of expertise in research methodology, our staff can assist with nearly every step of the research process. We provide support from initial grant proposals and human subject protocols through instrument design, experiment programming, participant recruitment strategies, technologically-assisted data collection and management, analysis, and consultation on dissemination and long-term preservation.
CLA Grants, Fellowships & Research Funding
Staff within the Office of Research and Graduate Programs in CLA assists faculty and graduate students to seek out funding for research and to develop effective proposals. Research Development Services are available to assist in identifying prospective internal and external grant opportunities, develop proposals, and submit applications.
Neuroimaging Research Associate
The Neuroimaging Research Associate promotes and facilitates neuroimaging research among faculty, students, and research staff within the College of Liberal Arts.
CLA researchers in psychology, economics, political science, speech-language-hearing sciences, and other departments have historically studied human perception, language, emotion, and decision making processes by measuring behaviors and making inferences about underlying mental processes. With recent rapid advances in noninvasive neuroimaging technology, these same researchers are becoming increasingly interested in measuring more directly the brain activity that underlies these processes. The CLA Neuroimaging Research Associate provides expertise as well as specialized hardware and software resources to facilitate this transition. Please note that these services are available to researchers in all CLA departments, including those that have not conventionally taken a scientific approach to studying the mind and brain. Services and resources provided include:
- Assistance with study design: From safety issues associated with powerful MRI magnets to temporal offsets between stimulus presentation, neural activity, and the signal being measured in fMRI and ERP studies, there are numerous experimental design issues that must be considered in addition to those involved with behavioral measures.
- Assistance with data analysis: Specialized software and analysis techniques are necessary for processing and statistically analyzing large and complex datasets. Software supported includes (but is not limited to): AFNI, Brain Voyager, MRIcron, Freesurfer, FSL, SPM.
- Acquisition of specialized equipment: This position assesses neuroimaging needs to ensure state-of-the-art resources are available to allow CLA researchers to remain competitive. Past activities include: spearheading the proposal that resulted in the CLA Interdepartmental EEG Facility and contributing to the I3 grant that led to the purchase of the second 3T scanner at the Center for Magnetic Research (CMRR), along with acquisition of peripheral equipment as needed for EEG and fMRI research.
- Promoting and facilitating neuroimaging research: The Neuroimaging Research Associate coordinates the MRI Users’ Group (MUG), which includes members from multiple University of Minnesota colleges and departments and meets monthly to discuss brain imaging research conducted at the university, and for the annual application for Interdisciplinary Graduate Group.
CLA Resources for Graduate Students
These are detailed on CLA's Intranet.