Research Sprints: A Week of Generous Teaching and Research

This year, KU Libraries will host its first virtual Research Sprints. In conjunction with Kathleen Fitzpatrick’s presentation to the KU Community, the Research Sprints committee welcomes Research Sprints applications that expand upon Fitzpatrick’s vision of Generous Thinking. Fitzpatrick's full presentation is available online. Fitzpatrick asks academics to listen to their greater communities and build constructive, critical, and collaborative relationships with the public in demonstration of higher education as a common public good.  

Research Sprints offers faculty and academic staff (PDF)  the opportunity to collaborate with a team of expert librarians for one week on a research or instruction project that incorporates Fitzpatrick’s ideas. Recipients will be awarded a $1,000 stipend. The 2021 Research Sprints will be held virtually May 17-21, 2021. Applications will be accepted through March 5.


Call for proposals Open through March 5
Information session  Thurs., Feb. 4, 3-4 pm, RSVP for Zoom information 
Applications due March 5
Notifications  March 22 
Pre-Sprints workshop May (TBD) 
Research Sprints May 17-21
Showcase May 21, 12 pm, Zoom

Previous Research Sprints projects, such as Dave Tell’s Emmett Till Memory Project, represent Fitzpatrick’s reciprocal relationships, and the organizing committee is excited to continue projects that strengthen KU’s community ties. Such projects may include, but are not limited to:   

​To inform your proposals, we recommend the following resources:   

​Because the Research Sprints will have a virtual format this year, the organizing committee will provide teams with collaborative tools and techniques and to accomplish their work during the week. 

Research Sprints Information


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Committee Members

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