Career Collaborative

Career Center Career Grants Supporting Miami's Career Collaborative


It is more important than ever to support our students. To increase real-world projects in the classroom as well as career exploration and student professional development, CCES has a restricted account designated for Career Grants available for faculty and staff on the Oxford campus. Proposals for Spring 2024, Summer 2024, Fall 2024 and Winter 2025 are now open! Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis pending available funds.

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Should you have additional questions, please contact Jen Benz.

Full or partial funding (up to $10,000) can be awarded in two ways:

  1. academic classes with work-related projects that tie to outside entities (employers or organizations); or
  2. faculty/staff-led events or initiatives (outside of class) that help students prepare for their careers.

Please note, grants will not be awarded to high cost events that have low student impact. Funds do not cover expenses for faculty/staff.

Final Reports are due no later than two weeks after the event concludes.

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Additional Information

Types of Projects for Funding

Full or partial funding can be awarded in two ways:

  1. Academic classes with work-related projects that tie to outside entities (employers or organizations) or
    1. Example 1 - Classroom Project: Presenting a current scenario in an external organization by that organization’s representative to the class. The students provide a solution to be implemented.
    2. Example 2- Classroom Project: Designing and conducting a student-led survey for an organization; including compiling the data and presenting recommendations to the organization.
    3. Example 3- Classroom Project: Re-branding an organization. Students design a marketing strategy and assist in the roll-out process.
  2. Faculty- or staff-led events or initiatives (outside of class) that help students prepare for their careers.
    1. Example 1 - Speaker/Panel: Bringing a prominent alumna/alumnus to campus to in part provide career-related information to groups of students. May also include targeting students from backgrounds that may have added barriers to certain professional fields (i.e. Women in Engineering).
    2. Example 2 - Site Visit: Offering a site visit for students to an organization/business to enable students to connect classroom content with real-world application.
    3. Example 3 - Conference: Attending a conference or event that exposes students to job opportunities, technology, learning sessions or networking that they can not experience in the classroom. 

General Guidelines and Details

  • Proposals must be endorsed and approved by the applicant’s department chair or program director.
  • The delivery, organization and bulk of planning should be done by faculty or staff.
  • Proposals will be selected by CCES and a committee of faculty and associate deans.
  • Learning outcomes should be geared toward undergraduate students on the Oxford campus as funding is made available for the Career Grants from the Career Development Fee.
  • Maximum amount funded is $10,000.
  • Requests are for a single project, not multiple projects bundled together.
  • Interdisciplinary proposals involving multiple departments and colleges are encouraged but not required.
  • Faculty awarded Career Grants funding are required to acknowledge support from the Center for Career Exploration & Success when implementing initiatives and a Career Grant logo will be provided and must be used on promotional material as appropriate.
  • Funds will be awarded for student registration, travel and lodging. Other categories such as faculty/staff organization membership fees, faculty/staff lodging and airfare, faculty or staff payment/stipend, event marketing, giveaways, food, snacks, supplies, etc. will not be considered. 
  • The same event can be funded up to three consecutive times.
  • For any awarded event, a final report must be submitted in order to be eligible to receive funding for the following semester. The report form is due no later than two weeks after the event concludes. Access the form here.

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Samples of Previously Funded Projects

Fall 2023

Career Grants Awarded: The Center for Career Exploration and Success awarded more than $53,778.00 in grants during Fall term 2023.

  • Dr. Andrew Jones, Department of Chemical, Paper and Biomedical Engineering received a grant that enabled both undergraduate and graduate students to attend the annual meeting and networking dinner of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (IAChE) in Orlando, Florida. In addition to presenting their work, students will have the opportunity to attend lectures from leading scientists, network with leaders in the chemical industry, attend graduate school recruitment fairs, attend vendor and job fairs, and compete in chemical engineering student competitions.
  • Lydia Ballenger in Kinesiology and Health requested and received a Career Grant to allow graduate students to attend the Food and Nutrition Conference (FNCE). Each fall, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sponsors the world’s largest meeting of food and nutrition experts to address key issues affecting the health of all Americans and features dynamic educational opportunities not available elsewhere.
  • Dr. Brady Nash, Assistant Professor in Teaching Curriculum, and Educational Inquiry, received a Fall 2023 grant to facilitate a number of students’ travel to attend the National Council of Teacher of English annual conference in Columbus, Ohio. The conference provides space where K-12 English teachers and other education professionals join together to share innovative curriculum and ideas about the future of the profession.
  • Dr. Bo Li, Assistant Professor in Sport Leadership and Management’s grant will enable Miami Sports Sales Team members to travel to Atlanta, Georgia for an annual national collegiate sports sales competition. Also included in preparation for the event will be a series of sport sales trainings where guest speakers from the sports industry will speak in multiple sections of sport management classes.
  • Marly Wooster, Associate Professor in Theatre received a grant to take senior Theatre majors to Chicago for a Theatre Senior Networking Trip which includes a Tour of theater and Talk-Back with Alumni and Goodman Theatre Producer Adam Bellcoure, a workshop, an alumni panel and an alumni lunch. Students will also see two productions and have individual networking appointments with connections in Chicago.
  • Keisha Norris, Assistant Director of Advising and DEI in the College of Engineering and Computing received Career Grant funding to take a group f students to Atlanta, Georgia for the National Society of Black Engineers Conference. The event includes information sessions, networking opportunities, and a career fair. Students work on growing community and building their peer and professional networks.
  • Dr. Kyle Timmerman, Associate Professor in KNH, proposed funding for students to travel to Indianapolis, Indiana for the Midwest American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. The meeting is attended by over 600 health professionals associated with post-baccalaureate programs, hospitals, clinical programs and private businesses. The conference is a major professional development opportunity for KNH students.
  • Dr. Patti Liberatore, Assistant Dean of CCA, requested Career Grant funds to bring Hollywood Assistant Director and Production Manager Jason Brown to campus where he will speak at multiple Theatre classes focusing the workshop on managing your career as an independent creative providing real life tips on how to develop and maintain a career in Hollywood.
  • Dr. Heidi McKee, Professor of English, received funding for transportation for a field trip with her Capstone in Professional Writing ENG 415 class. Students in ENG 415 will partner with local Milford Township citizens and Trustees to create communications for the township. In addition, they will host a Community Communications Needs Assessment.

Spring 2023

Career Grants Awarded: The Center for Career Exploration and Success awarded $37,848.00 in grants during Spring 2023 to applicants in CAS, CEHS, CEC and CCA.

  • A Game Developer’s Conference was a featured grant awarded to Dr. Michael Bailey-Van Kuren during Spring 2023. Sixteen students traveled to San Francisco, CA for a five-day event that included bringing the game development community together to exchange ideas, solve problems, and shape the future of the industry across education, inspiration and networking.
  • Lydia Ballenger in Kinesiology and Health arranged for students to attend the Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Conference in Columbus, Ohio. The students participated in educational sessions with world renowned nutrition and health experts, viewed multiple exhibits of participating companies, and had many networking opportunities.
  • CCES once again supported the MUF&D Annual Fashion Show by providing funds for lighting and setup for the nation’s largest student-run fashion show with over 1,200 attending. The event showcases student designers, models, and its 800 members.
  • Dr. Amy Roberts in the Department of Family Science and Social Work arranged to bring in a professional trainer/coach to help Miami students prepare for the Association of Social Work Boards exam.
  • Dr. Karen Davis in Computer Science and Software Engineering arranged for a number of students to participate in the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing annual event. Students had the opportunity to participate in talks, hands-on sessions, and workshops that cover technology and career advancement.
  • Colleen Bush, Director of Industry Relations in the College of Engineering and Computing’s grant enabled multiple students to travel to Los Angeles, CA for the SWE 2023 WE Conference. Conference attendees gain professional and career knowledge and skills from practicing engineers, enjoy Keynote Speakers and breakout sessions, and can participate in the largest career fair for women in engineering.

Winter 2022

More than $24,450 was awarded in Career Grant funds during Winter 2022 in CAS, CEHS, CEC and CCA.

  • CAS: Students in ENG 413/513 Grant Writing researched and wrote Grants for Reily Township. Students in the grant writing class often seek careers as grant writers or careers where grant writing is an important part of their work (e.g., historians, public health professionals, educators). To write effective grants, students need to know the community and community members. Students traveled to Reily Township in Ohio to tour the community and meet with Township Trustees and Fiscal Officer, the Fire Chief, the President and members of the Historical Society, and members of Reily Township Good Neighbors Association.
  • CEHS: A Salary Negotiations Workshop for doctoral students was supported in the FSW & EDL departments to assist the Interdisciplinary doctoral students develop professionally and prepare for the job market and future job negotiations; an area students and professionals often struggle with. A program for “Monthly Monday Meals for the Oxford Community Center” also received grant money. The event is a monthly meal offered at the Community Center in sponsorship with the Oxford Presbyterian Church Eradicating Systemic Poverty team. Nutrition students get involved with every aspect of planning, organizing, implementing, and evaluating the event. To date over 400 community members have been served.
  • CEC: The College of Engineering and Computing was active once again in providing opportunities for their students. The Sisters in STEM event was a highlight of the term. The event included a panel discussion, a STEM activity, and time for attendees to reflect on what they learned. The Lilly Leadership Institute Celebration as well as funding for multiple in-class speakers was also supported by a career grant.

Fall 2022

The Center for Career Exploration and Success awarded $35,881 in Career Grants during Fall 2022 to CEHS and CEC.

  • CEHS: Trips to the 2022 Food & Nutrition Conference and Expo in Orlando, Florida and to The Midwest American College of Sports Medicine Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana were partially funded during this term.
  • CEC: Three projects were funded in CEC during Fall 2022. Ten students participated in a Preparation for Careers in Clinical Engineering and Regulatory Affairs workshop. In addition, 12 students participated in a Manufacturing and Reliability Internship Program. Finally, Dr. Coffin sponsored a Systems Automation Springboard to Internship program by bringing industry experts to campus.

Summer 2022

CCES awarded over $52,800 to nine projects during Summer 2022 to faculty and staff from CCA, CEHS, CAS and CEC.

  • CEHS: Undergraduate students participated in the American College of Sport Medicine Annual Conference in San Diego, California. A second proposal was approved in which The National Collegiate Sports Sales Competition provides an opportunity to showcase sports sales skills in a competitive format. Students pitch a product to a buyer and are judged on their performance based on a rubric. The meeting this year was in Atlanta, Georgia. The purpose of the competition is for students to land jobs and there is time throughout the event for students to interview and interact with recruiters.
  • CEC: Two trips for Engineers Without Boarders were funded. One to Hindiro, Rwanda, and the second to Munini, Rwanda. A proposal was approved to take a group of research active science and engineering students to the AIChE Annual Meeting with site visits to Pharmaceutical companies near Phoenix, Arizona.
  • CAS: A project documenting the career paths of Anthropology graduates was funded. The project sought to help Anthropology majors imagine career possibilities. The department conducted and completed approximately 30 videos with young anthropology alumni currently working in a wide variety of fields documenting how they got their start in and have continued to move forward in their careers.
  • CCA: A Senior Theatre Networking Trip was funded in which a group of students traveled to Chicago, Illinois. This event is all about continuing the student’s preparation to transition from college to their careers. The trip is centered around networking, meeting with recent alums, and a workshop about being a working theater professional and what that looks like. Manufacturing the Workplace: Essential Career Paths and Industry was a second proposal that was awarded. This 2-night/3-day field experience to the Detroit, Michigan area examined opportunities and nuances in working with research and manufacturing partners in the interior design industry. A visit to three leading global furniture manufacturing giants and smaller niche furniture design/manufacturing facilities enabled students to learn about current and anticipated trends in furniture design; gave them access to meet designers who are involved in the research, development, and design of products; explored a range of employment opportunities for designers within the manufacturing ecosystem; discover critical relationship between design practitioners and manufacturers; and better understand the related resources available to effectively match client with both knowledge and product.

Spring 2022

CCES awarded $27,000 for the Spring 2022 semester to faculty/staff from CCA and CEC for three career related projects.

  • CCA: One Career Grant supported the 16th Annual MUFD Fashion Show.
  • CEC: Engineers Without Borders took 12 Miami Students to Kabingo, Uganda for an implementation trip to work on alterations to water treatment and distribution systems. Six students traveled to Orlando, Florida for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. GHC offers talks, hands-on sessions, and workshops that cover technology and career advancement. Students meet and interact with mentors from industry, government and academia with different levels of education and varied careers.

Spring 2021

CCES awarded approximately $18,800 for the spring 2021 semester to faculty from CCA, CEC, CAS to fund 7 career related projects.

CCA: The DC Digital Innovation: DC program (DCDI) is a Summer-long experience where students travel to DC, spend four days a week working at an internship, and one day a week visiting local startups and companies while having continued networking opportunities with alumni and business leaders. Washington, DC is a wonderful location to look at digital innovation in a unique city and gain unique industry perspectives. This immersive program is ideal for students who want a full-time experience, gain experience in governmental, policy, and NGO organizations, and who want to increase the number of connections they have prior to the post-graduate job search. Internships tend to focus on UX/UI, digital marketing, growth hacking, social media marketing, business development, entrepreneurship, design, or coding.

CEC: Internship Training Program for Automation and Process Control for sophomore students. This is a pilot program with a vision to run every year and get more engineering students into this area. This training program spans over several weeks and includes presentations, discussions, and hands-on experiences with control systems. Experts from the industry will be delivering the content.

CAS: Training speech-language pathology and audiology students to facilitate dialogues about race and racial disparities in healthcare. This training will be a series of activities and training sessions for SPA students to learn about and discuss racial disparities in healthcare, in general, and disparities in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders, in particular. Additionally, students will be trained to become intergroup dialogue facilitators through Living Room Conversations (LRC), a non-profit organization dedicated to “bridging divides through conversation.” According to LRC: “The rationale behind Living Room Conversations is to increase understanding, reveal common ground and allow us to discuss possible solutions...When people of all walks of life begin to care about one another, they can begin working together to solve the problems of our time.”

Fall 2020

CCES awarded approximately $14,378 for the fall 2020 semester to faculty from 3 academic divisions to fund 5 virtual career related projects.

EHS: This interdisciplinary program offering has invited an expert in the eSports industry to give a career lecture on eSports management. Students from all majors are welcome. This event will be attractive to students from sport management, interactive media studies, business operation and members from the Miami eSports club. We hope to use this event to bring awareness of career opportunities in eSports. The expert will share information about careers, experience, education, and advice in this growing area.

FSB: Miami Ad Week: Chicago (henceforth referred to as Ad Week) is an advertising-focused four-day immersion program offered by the Farmer School of Business to all Miami students interested in learning the ins and outs of the world of advertising; this program has been offered annually for the last seven years to 24 Miami students each year. Ad Week was created to immerse students into agency life. This program is a partnership between Miami University and FCB Chicago who serves as our agency host while in Chicago.

CAS:*Note this will be adapted (remote) or postponed due to COVID-19
For its second year, Eight-twelve students will live in an intentional community in Over-the-Rhine. The students selected will all be from diverse academic majors across campus but share an interest in social justice. The student participants will have a class once a week related to this immersive experience & social justice and then the rest of their time will be spent across the city of Cincinnati working in social justice agencies. Students will have first-hand experience with patients and agency clients, and will learn from people who are in the field they plan to pursue. Students will also write daily reflections on their experiences, a final paper, and give a final presentation.

Spring 2020

CCES awarded approximately $40,000 for the spring 2020 semester to faculty from all five academic divisions to fund 18 career-related projects. 

CCA: a museum acquisition project is part of the ART 420D curriculum. Working with Thomas French Gallery in Akron, Ohio, students each chose a print for sale, and over the semester they research that print in its art historical and market aspects in order to propose that the Museum acquires the work for its teaching collection. The museum is considered the client, and the student becomes the art specialist who pitches a particular artwork that suits the Museum needs. With the guidance of Bob Wicks, Jason Shaiman, and Laura Stewart at the Miami University Art Museum, students develop presentations on those objects, and then vote to use the Career Grant funds to acquire one artwork for the Miami University Art Museum permanent collection.

CAS: Miami University's Henry Pre-Law Center is pleased to host its second Women in Law and Leadership (WILL) Symposium. The first Symposium brought together Miami pre-law students and alumni to discuss various topics, including gender issues in the workplace, work/life challenges, keys to success, and career possibilities and trajectories. This spring, to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of women's right to vote, the Symposium will include topics such as voting rights and women in politics. The event will also be a networking opportunity for students to interact with alum in the legal profession.

EHS: Sport analytics is a new and growing field with so many career opportunities. Faculty in SLAM, with collaboration of faculty in CEC and FSB are bringing data analytics and specifically sport analytics to Miami starting in the fall of 2020. This panel will target career-related opportunities and how to prepare for careers in sport analytics. The panel will consist of current sport leaders in data analytic positions in a variety of sport related fields (e.g., marketing, sales, coaching, scouting).

CEC: The EWB USA Great Lakes Regional Workshop is an annual, full day, technical training seminar for student and professional members of Engineers Without Borders. It includes panels and presentations on topics such as project design and management, water distribution systems in the developing world, technical document preparation, and project financing. This technical workshop is directly career related for students in the College of Engineering and Computing as they will hear from professionals about applying engineering principles to real world projects, using industry standard software, and have the opportunity to do hands-on activities to solidify their learnings from lectures and panels.

FSB: LSAMP Scholars & Stokes Scholars LLC participating in a FYRE class will have the opportunity to do 2 Site Visits with two separate corporate partners. 1st trip will be for Siemens Corp and the 2nd field visits will be with Lilly Corporation. LSAMP STEM students will be provided with a comprehensive and in-depth overview of the companies their industries, competitors, products & services, research & development, etc. A Human Resource/the Recruitment Team will then provide the students with a presentation on their entry-level recruitment, internships and careers at the company. They will include information regarding various STEM careers, have students hear from company employees in STEM of different levels of responsibility and roles, and discuss STEM Career Paths in their respective companies. The companies will provide students an interactive tour of their company facilities including labs tours with special focus on STEM related areas. The companies will then develop an interactive STEM based activity or project related to their company for students to work on in small groups during the Site Visits.

Fall 2019

CCES awarded approximately $40,000 for the fall 2019 semester to faculty from all five academic divisions to fund 19 career-related projects. Miami's Career Collaborative accelerates career-related activities by funding (or offsetting the cost) of new, real-world projects inside the classroom or professional development activities led by faculty.

  • CCA: Hosting a 4 day design studio workshop with Wire & Twine. This workshop will explore processes and skills significant to design fundamentals, mirroring the program’s dedication to learning traditional and emerging technologies for planning, developing, and producing digital and physical design outcomes. This workshop will also aid in the development of hand-to-digital design skills as well as fostering career development and networking connections for the students in attendance.
  • CEC: Students will have the opportunity to attend The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) conference. This is an annual event for women in computing. GHC offers talks, hands-on sessions, and workshops that cover technology and career advancement. Students can meet and interact with mentors from industry, government, and academia with different levels of education and varied careers. Other activities included a pitch competition and mentoring circles.
  • CAS: Su Casa Hispanic Center provides a variety of essential programs to the Hispanic/Latino communities in the Cincinnati area including educational, social, health promotion and employment services. The director of Su Casa Hispanic Center, has expressed the need for more volunteers to support the employment programming. As part of this service, clients receive training on how to develop a resume, complete a job application as well as how to create an email address and write professional job inquiries. In order to enhance the partnership with Su Casa Hispanic Center, to address a real world need in the classroom and to promote career development in both Miami University students and the Hispanic/Latino local communities, Spanish 331 students will collaborate with Su Casa Hispanic Center to further develop their employment services. As part of this project, the director will provide a presentation to Spanish 331 in the beginning of Fall 2019 that will discuss the need for employment services and the nature of the project that the students will design and implement. Then, students will work both in class and out of class to develop a detailed curriculum for a Spanish-language workshop that will highlight employment development and include dynamic activities that future volunteers could easily implement.
  • EHS: A combination of Miami faculty, district personnel, City of Hamilton leadership, social services programs, and community individuals are working together to revise our one-day student and faculty immersion experience so that another 100 Miami students and faculty are more equipped with the knowledge and resources prior to placement within Hamilton schools or community programs during the Fall 2019 semester. Hamilton City Schools will take FSW students across the city to meet and view social service agencies, school-based supports, grass-roots organizations, City of Hamilton administrators, faith groups, economic development initiatives, and more. This activity allows the students to build empathy, knowledge, and skills for supporting families in the Hamilton community and provides a better understanding of career opportunities within their locale.
  • FSB/CCA: An established event, Friends of Fashion is an annual luncheon hosted during the fall semester by Miami University Fashion & Design. The luncheon features a panel discussion with five professionals who come to Oxford to give the MUFD members in attendance insight into the fashion industry. These panelists (both alumni and possibly non-alumni) discuss their current positions, speak on their past career experiences and engage with MUFD members through structured Q&A and casual discussion/networking.

Spring 2019

CCES awarded approximately $40,000 for the spring 2019 semester to faculty from all five academic divisions to fund 15 career-related projects. Miami's Career Collaborative accelerates career-related activities by funding (or offsetting the cost) of new, real-world projects inside the classroom or professional development activities led by faculty.

Projects include:

  • Reily Township launches student-created website developed through Miami community collaboration
  • Groundbreaking art course lets students purchase artwork for the Miami University Art Museum
  • CEC students will attend Automate Chicago where they will be exposed to companies (over 450 exhibitors), equipment and job opportunities. They will engage one-one with companies and view state of the art technology.
  • CAS will be applying the research design fundamentals and methodological tools they are learning in a course to challenges faced by real world organizations, including include the Cincinnati Reds, Proctor & Gamble, the Hamilton Mill and Findlay Kitchen.
  • CCA was able to host a workshop with Jon Juravich, Ohio Teacher of the Year and Art Educator. His public lecture will focus on the professional nature and journey within teaching K-12 Visual Art and address issues like professionalism, passion, advocacy, and creativity.
  • EHS hosted a Nutrition and Dietetics conference to bring back Miami Alumni working in the field of nutrition and dietetics.There will be 3–4 sessions in which the speakers will share their expertise, career path and answer student questions.
  • FSB students will be asked to work with client representatives to define the problem, identify the necessary and available data to answer the client question, frame the problem as an analytics problem, identify the appropriate analytical methodologies, clean and prepare the data for analysis, conduct the analysis, test the analysis to ensure that it meets client specifications, package the solution into a consumable product and communicate the results back to the client.

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