The late Gertrude Maurin gave a Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust (named the Gertrude Maurin Fund) to the Department of Psychology to support research in Cognitive Psychology. In the words of Gertrude Maurin, this would include “the areas of consciousness, conscious and unconscious processing and theoretical approaches and models of processing.” The amount that accrues to the department from this trust varies from year to year. Money that is not used one year rolls over and can be used in subsequent years. These funds can be used to support visiting scholars, compensate research subjects, purchase research materials, and a variety of other research activities. The following procedures are used in allocating these funds:
1. Maurin fund committee. Each year the department chair forms a committee. Typically one person is in the cognitive area and one in human/computer interaction. Currently, Randi Martin is the chair of the committee and David Lane is the other member.
2. Appropriate use of the funds. The funds should be used to support research on human cognition. Although most proposals will come from the labs of the cognitive faculty, it is possible that proposal could also come from other areas in the department. To be approved, however, these proposals must be consistent with the wishes of Gertrude Maurin. These funds can be used to support travel to conferences for those who are an author on a paper or poster or have some other involvement in the conference proceedings. However, students or faculty using these funds should have exhausted university sources of funding for travel (e.g., divisional support for graduate students and faculty, startup funds for travel) before applying to the Maurin fund. Students can request up to $400 per year for travel in the US and up to $600 for international travel. For students receiving departmental support for travel (which during 2011-2012 means that they are first author on a paper or poster), the Maurin fund can be used to provide a $100 supplement on top of the $400 provided by the department for US travel and a $300 supplement for international travel. Students receiving these supplemental funds can request the remaining $300 for a second trip. These funds can be used to provide support for pilot neuroimaging studies when other sources of funding are unavailable. However, given the expense of these studies, the support will be limited to a maximum of $2000. Of course, granting of these funds will be subject to their availability.
3. Memo to request funds. Faculty in the department who wish to request funds from the Maurin fund will submit to the chair of the committee (via e-mail) a written proposal of no more than one page in which they state the amount of money requested, the intended use of the funds, and the date by which the money will be spent. This memo should include a statement of how proposed use of the funds is consistent with the wishes of the benefactor to support research in Cognitive Psychology. Graduate students should have their requests approved by their advisor. They should send the request via e-mail to their advisor who will forward it to the committee chair along with a note indicating their approval.
4. Approval process. If both members of the committee agree, then the proposal is approved. If they disagree, the department chair will cast the deciding vote. The chair of the committee will submit a short memo stating approval of the proposal (along with a copy of the proposal) to the requestor and to Lanita for the disbursal of the funds. In cases in which a request is from a member of the committee or from a student in their lab, the committee chair will appoint another person to take the place of the committee member.
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