Research Policy Committee
The Research Policy Committee is a faculty advisory committee to the Provost on research, scholarship, and creative activities of the MSU faculty. The committee submits recommendations to the Provost on various university policies to strengthen the research environment on campus. RPC membership includes one faculty member from each college/school selected by the Provost, one Sigma Xi faculty member, the Director of Sponsored Programs, and the Director of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activities (URSA).
Each year, the RPC selects recipients of the MSU Alumni Association Distinguished Researcher Award, which is intended to recognize excellence in research and reflects the significance of faculty research to the educational environment at Murray State University. The Distinguished Researcher receives a $1000 cash award, and the researcher’s name is engraved on the MSU Alumni Association Distinguished Research Award plaque located in the MSU Alumni Center.
Each year, the RPC also selects a recipient of the MSU Association Emerging Scholar Award, which gives special recognition for superior research, scholarly, or creative work conducted by MSU faculty members who are in the early phase of their careers and who show professional promise. The Emerging Scholar receives a $1000 cash award, and the researcher’s name is engraved on the MSU Alumni Association Emerging Scholar Award plaque located in the MSU Alumni Center.