CoSearch Weekend is a two-day intensive retreat where multi-disciplinary teams of researchers and artists will collaborate to develop research plans that will be supported by C3 and carried out over the upcoming academic year. The goal is to break down academic silos and bridge research and creative activity to produce cutting-edge and possible grant-funded projects that unite researchers and artists from the University. Collaboration expert and social entrepreneur Greg Tehven, from Fargo, ND, is back to serve as the facilitator. It is a project supported by the C3 Research Center and the five units of the College of Fine Arts and Communication (School of Art & Design, Department of Communication Studies, School of Mass Communication & Journalism, School of Music, and Department of Theatre & Dance) and outlines a program that would produce research and grant proposals developed by interdisciplinary research teams to create COMMUNITY.
Day 1 (Friday)
Creative Exercises: Facilitator Greg Tehven starts the day off with icebreakers and creativity exercises to help get participants' creativity flowing and help them get out of their perspective silos.
Pitches of Possible Research Ideas & Voting: Once participants' creativity is awakened, proposal pitches begin! Participants are given the chance to pitch their research idea. Participants then vote for their favorite idea. Groups are formed roughly based on the top six ideas.
Teams Form, Collaboration Begins: Teams are given two hours to collaborate and work together on their research project pitch.
Day 2 (Saturday)
Teams Continue Working: Teams are given five hours to work Saturday before their pitches are judged. They use this time to prepare presentations or do any preliminary research about their research idea.
Method, Creative, Technology and Presentation Coaching Sessions: Coaches from various departments will visit the teams to provide research advice. Each coach will be able to give helpful insight within their own expertise.
Keynote Speaker: A speaker will make an appearance to relay their past experiences.
Research Presentation Competition: Each team is given four minutes to present their research project proposal. Judges evaluate teams based on a rubric provided by C3 Research Startup's Leadership Team.
Fine Art Performances: Students from the School of Fine Arts and Communication will perform during intermissions to entertain guests while judges make their decisions.
Reception: After the winning team is announced, guests and participants are invited to a reception at the Performing Arts Center. This is a great way for participants to end the weekend and establish new connections with their new potential research partners!