MTSU research office spotlights faculty efforts wi...

MTSU research office spotlights faculty efforts with Sept. 8 ‘Raider Research Series’ monthly event

Middle Tennessee State University’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will kick off its “Raider Research Series” on Friday, Sept. 8, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the MT Center in the Sam H. Ingram Building on campus at 2269 Middle Tennessee Blvd. The office launched the series to showcase the faculty’s prodigious research efforts to campus faculty, students and staff. (MTSU graphic illustration by Stephanie Wagner)

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs kicks off its new, monthly “Raider Research Series” on Friday, Sept. 8, to help showcase the MTSU faculty’s prodigious research efforts to campus faculty, students and staff. 

Katie Medrano
Katie Medrano

The first event of the series will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Sept. 8 at the MT Center in the Sam H. Ingram Building on campus at 2269 Middle Tennessee Blvd. The next two events are slated for Friday, Oct. 13, and Friday, Nov. 10, at the same time and location. 

Each of the one-hour sessions will feature faculty presentations, a Q&A session and refreshments. Those interested in attending the free event should register at

Dr. David Butler, dean of the College of Graduate Studies and vice provost for research
Dr. David Butler

Katie Medrano, office coordinator, said David Butler, vice provost for research, first came up with the idea for the series “as a way for researchers at MTSU to share their projects with peers and students while also allowing those interested in research to connect with one another,” Medrano said. 

The office staff are especially encouraging members of the campus community who are new to research to attend. 

“Attendees will become aware of research happenings on campus as well as have the chance to network with other individuals involved in or interested in research,” she said.

Kevin Bicker
Dr. Kevin Bicker

September’s event will feature the work of chemistry faculty Kevin Bicker and Keying Ding

Bicker said he is always excited for the opportunity to share the hard work of his research students and hopes attendees will get some perspective on the type of research happening at MTSU. 

“Research success and growth is vitally important to the preparation of our students, provides meaningful contributions to our region and broader community and elevates the profile of the university, which aids in student recruitment,” Bicker said. “So, any effort the university is making to highlight and promote research is a worthwhile effort, and I’m happy to participate in it.”

Dr. Keying Ding
Dr. Keying Ding

In addition, Ding hopes to give the attendees a deeper understanding of her expertise — inorganic and organometallic chemistry. 

“I aim to spark curiosity, inspire interdisciplinary connections and nurture a lasting fascination for scientific discovery,” Ding said.

To learn more about the workshops and training available through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, visit the website at

To learn more about all opportunities at the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, visit the main website at

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