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CETL Research, Scholarly Support (formerly OSRSA)

Welcome to the CETL Research Landing Page

Life University is dedicated to creating an environment and providing services that support research, scholarship and innovation across all departments, disciplines and program offerings at the institution. These activities are centrally coordinated through the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), an administrative unit reporting to the institution’s Chief Academic Officer.

The CETL administers programs, compiles data, and provides pre- and post-award support to faculty, students and staff to advance the university’s research agenda as well as departmental priorities and individual plans for growth. Major programs managed by the CETL include:


This signature effort provides internal grant awards to support small-scale faculty-, staff- and student-led research and scholarly projects. It might be funding to test and evaluate neuro-based techniques in concussive research, complete an extended literature review on cultural competency and chiropractic education, or support collaboration between a team of investigators in nutrition and biopsychology to explore how mindfulness might influence healthy eating habits. CETL issues a call for applications each quarter, which are due by Noon on Monday, Week 8. Funded Projects applications are peer-reviewed by the Research Advisory Council. Final award decisions are made by the Chief Academic Officer in consultation with the Director. Click this link to download a copy of Funded Projects Instructions and Application.


Life University recognizes that students must be introduced to and supported to engage in research and related activities early and throughout their matriculation at the university. This activity is critical to producing the next generation of researchers and thought leaders. Toward that end, the Research, Innovation, Service and Education — RISE — Scholarships provide opportunities for full-time equivalent students to compete for scholarship funding while working under the mentorship of a Life University faculty or staff advisor on research or other evidence-based education, service, entrepreneurial or creative project. Scholarship slots are equally divided between the College of Chiropractic and the College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies. Pending satisfactory progress, scholarships are renewable each quarter and recipients have the funds — $2250 — applied toward their tuition. RISE scholarship applications are due by noon on Monday, Week 8. Click these links to download a copy of the RISE Guidelines and RISE Application Form.


To be eligible for a CETL Student Travel Award, students must be accepted to make a presentation of a poster, paper, workshop, or creative work at a conference, symposium, or other gathering recognized by a professional association conducting work in or related to the field of study. Students pursuing travel award funding must work with a Life University faculty or staff member who will agree to serve as a mentor, which includes providing guidance and feedback to the student (or team of students) during the ideation, planning and preparation process. Travel awards cover up to 80% of registration, travel, lodging and per diem costs. Applications are reviewed by the Research Advisory Council and are due by noon on Monday of Week 8. Click this link to download a copy of the CETL Student Travel Application.


This annual program advances LIFE’s ongoing commitment to developing, acknowledging and rewarding excellence in the broad range of research and scholarship being carried out on campus and in collaboration with other investigators locally, nationally and in other countries. Administered by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), the Research, Scholarly, Creative Works program is open to faculty and staff at all ranks and from all departments and programs. Calls for applications are made annually, and projects being considered must have been published or presented no more than one year prior to submitting the application. Applications are peer-reviewed by the RSCW Awards Committee and ranked as exceptional, exemplary, or commendable based on degree of quality, degree of effort, timeliness of effort and importance to the mission of Life University. Awards can range from $500 to $2,500. Click this link to download a copy of the Research, Scholarly, Creative Works guidelines. Applications are submitted using the Research, Scholarly, Creative Works Awards Application template in DocuSign.

The CETL is located in the Learning Resource Center. Please feel free to stop by, schedule an appointment, or send an email to We look forward to hearing from you.


The mission of this initiative is to educate, mentor and nurture the next generation of health science researchers. Within the graduation requirements for the Doctor of Chiropractic degree, the Research Track provides a unique opportunity for students interested in participating in research as part of their official education. There are up to six research track scholarships, and based upon student interest and proposal quality, additional students may be allowed to participate in the Research Track as an unfunded participant. In addition to the scholarship potential, the Research Track consists of an alternative curriculum that allows for time to work on research projects.

The process for graduating and documenting the Doctor of Chiropractic Research Track begins by connecting with faculty and making an application for acceptance into the program. This opportunity for application can normally be made after the completion of the first six quarters of the chiropractic program. For more information, please contact

Life University offers an array of opportunities for students to become engaged in the research process. From developing your own research project to simply being engaged on an ambient level, there is an opportunity that can fit your time and interest level.


The Life University Institutional Review Board (IRB) has the responsibility to oversee and review all research studies in which humans will be involved. For IRB documentation and procedures, please enroll in our Blackboard site: Institutional Review Board. For specific questions or for additional information, please contact our IRB Chairperson Dr. Jeff Rupp at


Life University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning receives support and advisement from a nine-member, cross-campus committee that serves to develop and support research policy, review and recommend research scholarships and provide oversight for the Funded Projects budget, which serves to support new and existing research initiatives with base-level research grants.

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