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About CIWR


The Center for Interdiscilplinary Writing and Research (CIWR) is a collaborative institution where Daytona State College faculty, faculty from other institutions, students and the community discuss and critique writing and research in the spirit of interdisciplinarity. No methodology is favored over another, no expression of thought - creative, scientific, or otherwise - left unconsidered. We sponsor lectures, workshops, and conferences of scholarly and artistic form. We are advocates for collaboration and cooperation between the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, and sciences, and we assert that each of these domains, in part and in union, plays an essential role in conceptualizing and improving the human condition.

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CIWR welcomes colleagues from across disciplines!

CIWR provides a "working" space for all faculty members who are interested in writing, revising, or exhibiting their work, from conference presentation or publication to multi-media art and performance. Have interest in turning your ideas into an article? Need some feedback on a piece of writing? Want to share strategies with colleagues about publication, performance, or presentations? Would you like to have a roundtable discussion about a particular academic article dealing with current trends or methodologies? Care to give a talk on what you learned from a grant you recently submitted? Scholars from all departments and disciplines are strongly encouraged.

For additional details on the Center for Interdiscilplinary Writing and Research (CIWR) please visit their webpage:


The CIWR has many opportunities for faculty to engage and programs to facilitate research and scholarship. We highlight one such program below:

The Lempel Faculty Research and Writing Program Grant

The Center for Interdisciplinary Writing and Research (CIWR), in concert with the Faculty Senate and the DSC Foundation, are proud to announce the establishment of the Lempel Faculty Research and Writing Program Grant designed to encourage, promote, and support faculty research and writing. This summer grant, for up to $10,000, replaces a full-time faculty member’s teaching load for the summer. One to two grants are expected to be awarded each year. 

In 2022, the Drs. Leonard and Lynn Lempel Faculty Research and Writing Program (Lempel Program) was established within the Center for Interdisciplinary Writing and Research (CIWR) at Daytona State College. Administered by the CIWR, the Lempel Program Grant seeks to promote intellectual stimulation among faculty participants who are current in their respective disciplines and have the knowledge and enthusiasm to be superior instructors. 

Applications will be reviewed by the Lempel Program Grant Committee, the applicant’s department chair, and senior executive staff as part of the submission process. 

The grant application deadline is October 31, 2023. Grant awards will be decided by November 30th and announced shortly thereafter.

 Application Guidelines

Applicants from all disciplines are encouraged to apply for the Lempel Program Grant. Applicants must have served in a full-time role for a minimum of three years or have earned continuing contract status.

 A grant applicant will:

  • Submit an application by the deadline (for the current cycle-10/31/2023).
  • Confirm acceptance of grant within response window.
  • Complete the proposed project within the given timeframe.
  • Notify the Grant Committee that the project has been completed by submitting a short grant reflection containing pertinent project details and plans for sharing the project with the community.
  • Present project results at a DSC or community-wide event.

The grant application will need to include the following: a project proposal,  presentation plan, and proposed budget. Please use the hyperlink provided to access the application. 

A virtual information session will take place on October 4th @ 3pm over Microsoft Teams to help applicants through the application process and address any questions. 

The rubric with which proposals will be evaluated is included below:



1 Not Developed

2 Needs Development

3 Fully developed 

This proposal promotes the academic advancement of the DSC community and CIWR. 


The proposal/activity is viable/feasible and of relevance to the faculty member’s work at DSC. 


The faculty member has clearly articulated outcomes for the work and has been specific in terms of the completion and dissemination of work given the nature of the proposal. 


The faculty member has a detailed plan for presenting the work to the DSC community and the community at large with a clear understanding of how the work will fit the audiences being addressed.


The faculty member has included a timeline for the completion of the work and the dissemination of the results that is reasonable and detailed. 


The faculty member has included a list or table of items and additional costs related to the project, beyond the course buyout.  


The faculty member includes supporting documentation that helps explain the viability of the proposal.  


Total Points



Virtual Undergraduate Research Conference (VURC)

The Virtual Undergraduate Research Conference (VURC) is an annual conference highlighting undergraduate research. The conference is entirely virtual and free to participants (presenters and attendees). Undergraduate students and faculty whose work involves undergraduates are encouraged to participate.

Who can participate? The short answer- You! Undergraduate students from all disciplines can present their original research in either a poster or paper format. Faculty and others who incorporate undergraduates in the research process can also present their research in a paper format. Further, faculty and others who wish to discuss the undergraduate research process and other topics related to undergraduate research can propose a “big idea” discussion. For example, we had discussions about open science practices in undergraduate research and unconventional approaches to conducting research. And if you just want to watch the presentations, that’s fine too. This conference is free for everyone.

Why should I participate? VURC was created to give opportunities to showcase undergraduate research in a easy and free format. Often, undergraduate researchers and even their mentors face too many obstacles to present their work. The cost of travel and registration fees may prohibit participation in other conferences. To facilitate sharing undergraduate research, we developed VURC to eliminate many of the main barriers to participation. To further motivate you to consider participation, here are some other benefits:

  • Opportunities to hear about research outside of your major/area of interest
  • Prizes (in the form of gift cards) for first (student) authors of the top 3 poster and paper presentations
  • Easy participation (completely virtual)
  • No cost to participation (absolutely no fees to participate, either as presenter or audience

How does the conference work? Three different presentation types are:

  • Poster presenters- Poster sessions will last 25 minutes and represent research by undergraduate students. Presenters are given 2-3 minutes to summarize their work. Extra time is provided for questions from the audience. Posters are uploaded to Twitter (X) before the session with a hashtag (e.g. #CIWRVURC2023 for the 2023 conference).
  • Paper presenters– Paper sessions will last 25 minutes and represent research conducted by students and faculty. Presenters are given 7-10 minutes to present their work with additional time provided for questions from the audience.
  • “Big idea” presenters- Because this type of presentation could take many forms, there is greater variety in presentation delivery. These presentations tend to be more interactive with the audience than the other two types of presentations; however, presenters have flexibility to decide what format will work best for the ideas under discussion. The time alloted to these presentations minutes will be set aside for these presentations unless presenters request more or less time.

To reinterate the highlights:

  • Easy to participate as presenter or audience (Free, virtual format)
  • The conference will take place on April 19, 2024 (check here or social media for updates on the exact date and to access the presentation proposal form)
  • Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 (as judged by CIWR personnel) student, first author poster and paper presenters.

When it becomes available, addtional details about the 2024 VURC and access to presentation proposal submission form can be found at: 

Affiliated Publication - Journal of Florida Studies


Journal of Florida Studies is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the study and appreciation of Florida. The journal features research articles, but also includes poetry, fiction, photography, and other digital arts. JFS is an outgrowth of the Center for Interdisciplinary Writing and Research (CIWR) at Daytona State College and the Florida Studies Program at the St. Petersburg Campus of the University of South Florida.

You can access the Journal of Florida Studies at