Program Labs are for departmental, programmatic research and instructional needs. Examples may include: instructional lab-classrooms, labs for student research, facilities with specialized equipment shared by a department or area faculty, and labs dedicated to a strategic research area or method that are shared by a number of projects and researchers. The respective department chairs control access to assigned Program Labs. A request for a Program Lab must come from a department chair.
Our current process for Program Labs is less formal than for Project Labs because of the wide variety of possible program uses.
To apply for a Program Lab, the chair or director should submit a detailed 3-5 page proposal electronically or on paper to Joe TenBarge on behalf of the program in need. The submission process is ongoing, but proposals submitted by mid April have the best chance of being reviewed and, if approved, implemented by the following academic year.
Once submitted, proposal will be read by the LabSpace Faculty Review Committee. The committee will discuss the proposal and respond in one of three ways. First, the committee may simply approve or deny the request. Second, the committee may request additional information in writing before making a decision. Third, the committee may ask to meet with you and your colleagues to discuss the proposal before making a decision.
The proposal should detail the benefits and costs of the program to be housed in the space, why the space is required for the program to succeed, and why the departments involved are not able to house it in space already assigned. Also describe the envisioned space, and any sources of funding for renovation, furniture, and equipment. LAITS will provide cost estimates for renovation based on your description.
There is no required format, but please focus especially on:
Feel free at any point to contact LabSpace to discuss this opportunity further.