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What is Project Mosaic?
Project Mosaic is a social science research initiative. Our mission is to empower data-intensive social science research at UNC Charlotte and facilitate greater interdisciplinary research collaboration between the social scientists on campus. Through methodological consulting, analytics training and research incubation initiatives, Project Mosaic provides a diversity of forums for researchers to build synergies across disciplines
Does Project Mosaic belong to any academic department?
No. We are an independent unit working under the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). We primarily work with researchers (faculty and graduate students) in social, behavioral, and economic sciences on campus. These individuals are housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Health and Human Services, College of Education, and Belk College of Business, primarily. However, we welcome participation of all social scientists at heart.
Is Project Mosaic only interested in interdisciplinary scholarship?
No. While interdisciplinary scholarship is part of Project Mosaic’s DNA, we also support and work closely with researchers looking to conduct cutting-edge research collaboratively within the confines of a social science discipline (for instance, by integrating new methodological perspectives of data science or cross-scale statistical analysis) or along the lines of multi-disciplinary ventures.
Is Project Mosaic an enterprise reserved to social scientists?
No. Faculty members and graduate students in any disciplines can attend our workshops and come to us for consulting. Project Mosaic facilitates scholarship between social scientists and other scholars, especially, data scientists and natural scientists.
Who should I contact to be involved in Project Mosaic’s Research Incubator?
You can directly contact the Director, Jean-Claude Thill, or one of the Team Coordinators, Drs. Billings, Dika, DeHaven or Maestas.
What can the Incubator do for me?
The Incubator provides a network that will enable you to do (more and better) collaborative research. We can assist you to identify funding opportunities; we can assist with connecting you with other scholars you may engage in new research with; we assist with your research, from start to finish, including with funding for pilot projects, making available to you collaborative meeting space, and much more.
Is there a deadline for submitting a proposal for a Flash Social Science Grant (FSSG)?
No. We accept and review proposals on a rolling basis.
Can I request funding on a FSSG to travel to meet with an Agency Program Officer?
Yes, most expenses related to securing external funding are allowed.
Can I request funding to hire an external grant writing consultant?
Yes, this is an allowable expense.
Can Project Mosaic assist in securing access to social media data?
Yes. Project Mosaic can contribute toward the cost of acquiring data and help identify the best suited social media data. We also work closely with the Data Science Initiative. Through SOPHI, social media data can be accessed, beyond the limited release of the public Tweeter API.
Does Project Mosaic work with the Institute for Social Capital?
Yes. Project Mosaic has a close partnership with the Institute for Social Capital and welcomes research ideas on human capital, diversity and inclusion, particularly as they bring together the perspectives of economists, urban educators, sociologists, geographers, urban affairs experts, and health and crime analysts.
Does Project Mosaic collaborate with research centers on campus?
Yes. We collaborate with various centers and remain open to collaborative initiatives with others.
Do I need to be a “member” of Project Mosaic?
We welcome the participation of all faculty and graduate students who can relate to the mission of Project Mosaic.
I am a faculty and would like to collaborate with Project Mosaic on a research project. How do I go about it?
For faculty and staff who wish to collaborate with Project Mosaic for research projects and proposal development, please make an appointment with us by choosing ‘extended services’ from the service menu.
I need help to analyze data for my thesis/dissertation. Can Project Mosaic help?
Yes. We advise on methods/analytics for dissertations/theses. But we require that you get the consent from your academic adviser before approaching Project Mosaic.
What are the steps to make a consulting appointment?
I am planning a research project. What would be a good time to approach Project Mosaic for collaboration/assistance?
The earlier the better. Although we focus on methodology and analytical aspects of research, the quality of your analyses critically depend on the earlier stages of research life-cycle – research design, data collection, sampling etc. So, the earlier we talk, we can better ensure that the data analyses answer your research questions.
I am unable the make it to the scheduled meeting. How do I cancel my consulting appointment?
We require that you cancel your appointment at least 24 hours before the scheduled meeting. To do so, please login to the appointments again, find your scheduled appointment on ‘My Appointments’ and cancel the meeting.
Is the consulting service really free?
Yes, consulting is free for UNC Charlotte graduate students, staff and faculty. But we have ceiling of 6 hours per person per semester. Once your consulting engagement with Project mosaic goes above this limit, further assistance may be available depending on our resources.
For faculty and staff who wish to have a longer research collaboration with Project Mosaic, choose ‘extended services’ from the service menu when making the appointment.
How does this six-hour limit on consulting work ?
A Project Mosaic consultant is typically able to spend a maximum of 6 hours on your research project per semester. This includes the time they review your material, scheduled meeting times, and any other work they conduct on your project.
We keep time logs and will let you know if we are approaching the limit. At that point, you have the option of wrapping up the work with Project Mosaic or requesting more time. Our lead consultant will review the overall workload situation of the consultant and make a decision.
Why do I need my adviser’s permission to consult Project Mosaic on my dissertation?
Your dissertation is your own work. While Project Mosaic advises students on methods, software use and interpreting the results, we don’t do your work. But we still need to make sure that your adviser permits to use our assistance.
I wanted to schedule a meeting with a Project Mosaic consultant, but he/she is unavailable during my available times. Any other way for reaching the consultants?
We plan for meeting times based on our available resources. As Project Mosaic expands, we will try to add more time slots for greater flexibility.
I have some messy data I want to use in my research. Can Project Mosaic help in cleaning the data?
We typically can’t clean your data (exception is a long-term research collaboration). We focus our partnership with you on developing and implementing methodology using data analytics software.
I have a real quick question about research methods/ analytics. Can I contact Project Mosaic? Do you offer walk-in hours?
Yes. We now have walk-in consulting hours on Mondays at 9 AM to 12 PM and Wednesdays at 4 PM to 6 PM at the Center for Graduate Life.
How do I register for Project Mosaic’s workshops?
Please go to the workshops page to learn more about our workshops. Then, browse the calendar of events to see the upcoming workshops. Click and select the workshop of your choice, login with the uncc id, complete the short registration form, and submit your registration. You would then receive a confirmation email.
I can’t attend a workshop. How do I cancel my registration?
Select the workshop you’ve registered from the calendar of events. Login with your UNC Charlotte user ID.You will see the workshop you’ve registered for along with the option for canceling the registration. Click cancel. You will receive an email confirming your cancelation.
I see that the registrations for a workshop is closed. What should I do now?
This typically means that the workshop is full hence not accepting any more registrations. You may check back later. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org and give your registration information (name, uncc email, department, workshop title). Should there be any cancelations, we will try to add your registration.
I did not get confirmation email after I registered for a workshop. What should I do?
Please try to register again. If the system does not allow you to register again (only one registration per person is allowed), it is very likely that we have received your information. But in such a case, please contact email@example.com and we would look up your information and confirm your registration.
Are the workshops free?
Yes. The workshops are free for all UNC Charlotte graduate students, staff and faculty.
Is registration required for Workshops? Can I walk in?
Online registration 24 hours prior to the workshop is mandatory. We no longer permit walk-in registrations.
If your name is not included in the sign-in sheet (the instructor distributes this sheet at the beginning of the workshop), this means we haven’t received your registration information. In such a situation, the instructor may ask you to leave the workshop regardless of seat availability.
I had registered for a workshop, but my name was not showing in the sign-in sheet
Most likely, this is because we didn’t receive your registration correctly. If your online registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation email.
If you received this email but your name was not showing in the sign-in sheet, please show the confirmation email to the instructor. Without seeing the confirmation email, the instructor may not be able to accommodate you for the workshop. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org