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The Process

Greg Tehven of Emerging Prairie leads CoSearch attendees through team building exercises during the CoSearch Weekend.
CoSearch is a great way for faculty across multiple disciplines to collaborate together and build new professional relationships.
A detailed schedule, including staff on site, is provided to each attendee so they can prepare for the weekend.
CoSearch begins at the STAR Park in San Marcos, Texas. This is an off-campus facility all attendees have access to.
CoSearch volunteers greet attendees at the door with resources to use throughout the weekend.
CoSearch volunteers greet attendees at the door with resources to use throughout the weekend.
Students from the College of Fine Arts and Communication provide choreographed entertainment in between events.
Dr. Marian Houser, co-founder of CoSearch, documents the performers before the weekend begins.
CoSearch is a great opportunity for faculty from different disciplines to collaborate and form new professional relationships.
Dr. Houser and Dr. Burns are the co-founders and co-hosts of the CoSearch weekends.
CoSearch attendees are given multiple resources to help their research progress beyond the weekend spent at CoSearch.
CoSearch attendees engage with speakers and contribute to new ideas and conversations.
CoSearch attendees can expect multiple activities to break the ice and help form bonds over new research ideas.
Greg Tehven is the leader for almost all of the CoSearch activities. A renowned speaker in North Dakota, CoSearch is lucky to have him!
Soon enough, CoSearch attendees break into different groups to act out skits and get to know one another.
When attendees are working in these small groups, they can find out unique characteristics about other attendees that may inspire them to work together later on in the weekend.
Greg Tehven also leads a portion of the day where attendees finally get to pitch their research idea. Everyone gets one minute to pitch their idea.
Attendees get to choose which research ideas spark their interest, and the ideas begin to get narrowed down to a select few.
Once ideas are narrowed down and teams are chosen, attendees have a day to work on their project and presentation.
Dr. Burns and Dr. Houser introduce the presenters at the Performing Arts Center in San Marcos, Texas.
Presenters present their final research idea to a group of judges and audience members.
Judges give the presenters feedback on their idea and ask any questions they may have.
After the presentations, judges meet to decide the first, second and third place winners for the weekend.
While the judges are deliberating, students from the College of Fine Arts and Communication perform choreographed pieces for the rest of the audience.
While the judges are deliberating, students from the College of Fine Arts and Communication perform choreographed pieces for the rest of the audience.
Dr. Houser's graduate students also attend CoSearch to study how attendees collaborate in groups to brainstorm ideas and research methods.
At the end of the night, first, second and third place teams are announced. There are even cash prizes!
After the presentations, attendees and audience members are invited to a reception at the Performing Arts Center.
Dean Fleming of the College of Fine Arts and Communication attends the presentations, and gives a small presentation. He visits with attendees at the reception as well.
Attendees and CoSearch members can enjoy building new relationships, collaborating on ideas, and getting feedback for future research projects. Group pictures are a must!
At the end of the event, everyone gathers on stage for a group picture.
At the end of the event, everyone gathers on stage for a group picture.

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.

Greg Tehven and CoSearch participants raising their hands
Greg Tehven talking about pitched ideas from CoSearch participants

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.

CoSearch participants interacting with one another

Day 2 (Saturday)

CoSearch participants preparing their presentation

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.

CoSearch judges smiling and talking with each other
Greg Tehven speaking to audience

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.

The winning CoSearch team presents their idea to the audience
Fine arts performers performing in front of an audience

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!

Greg Tehven talking with two girls at the CoSearch reception