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Autumn Proposal Bootcamp

Proposal Bootcamp — BIOS 242 — Weekly 2-hour meetings September 23 to November 15, 2019 (8 weeks, 4-6 hour commitment per week) Participants develop proposals through guided exercises with an emphasis on establishing a writing practice, in-class peer review, and focused faculty feedback. Registration – closed! BUT IF YOU ARE A GRADUATE STUDENT INTERESTED IN THIS CLASS, PLEASE EMAIL CRYSTAL (cbotham@stanford.edu).   Comments from previous participants:… Continue reading »

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Grant Coach & Faculty Videos

Grant Coaches describe practical advice for writing successful proposals for fellowships and career development awards: How to Approach a Program Officer A Formula for Proposal Success A Strategy for Communicating your Research Strategy Considering the Content, Structure, and Language of the Review Criteria when Writing Thinking Like a Reviewer Using the Review Criteria to Inform your Fellowship Proposal Tips for Personalizing your Fellowship Training Plan… Continue reading »

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Science and Art of Grant Writing Symposium — Watch the Videos!

Offered next in 2021! This symposium will address both practical and conceptual aspects of the proposal writing process. Participants will learn how to develop research strategies to tackle important scientific questions and tips for writing more effective proposals. Dynamic presenters will share insights about the grant writing and the review process. Target audience: graduate students, postdocs, clinical fellows, instructors. 2019 Watch the videos! (SUNet ID… Continue reading »

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Writing in the Sciences

This highly rated on-line course teaches scientists to become more effective writers, using practical examples and exercises. Topics include: principles of good writing, tricks for writing faster and with less anxiety, the format of a scientific manuscript, and issues in publication and peer review. Course Format In the first four weeks, the instructor Dr. Kristin Sainani will review principles of effective writing, examples of good… Continue reading »

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Writing your 1-page Project Summary

The NSF Project Summary consists of three main sections: (1)   An overview includes a description of the activity that would result if the proposal were funded and a statement of objectives and methods to be employed. What is the knowledge gap? What are the overall objectives, specific objectives and the proposed research approach? What is the research goal and how does it fit with the PI’s long-term research goals?… Continue reading »

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Grant Coach Office Hour

Have a question about your fellowship or career development award? Meet one-on-one with our trained Grant Coaches to answer questions, find resources, obtain advice or evaluate draft documents. Offered again in late November 2019.

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Mini Proposal Bootcamp

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 10:00am – 4:00pm Sign-up: Available Winter 2020 Co-sponsored by the Stanford Biosciences Student Association (SBSA) and Grant Writing Academy with support from the Biosciences Program, this one-day bootcamp is based on the Grant Writing Academy’s award-winning 8-week Proposal Bootcamp. It provides a time and place to write plus lunch, coffee, and snacks. Join *optional* short lightning talks about writing grants, and… Continue reading »

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Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program

The HHMI Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program is open to individuals with limited postdoctoral experience (less than 16 months by January 8, 2020) by who are from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences. See Eligibility: https://www.hhmi.org/programs/hanna-h-gray-fellows-program#Eligibility Important Deadlines: December 18, 2019 — Stanford Internal Deadline-institutional representatives – RPM/RMG or CGO/OSR January 8, 2020, 3 pm (Eastern Time) — HHMI Deadline January… Continue reading »

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Navigating NIH’s Pre- and Post-Doctoral Diversity Funding Mechanisms: Strategies, Tips, and Tricks

Thursday, December 5, 2019 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Signup This workshop will address both practical and conceptual aspects of the National Institute of Health’s Diversity funding mechanisms at both the pre- and post-doctoral training levels as well as early career level. Participants will learn how about the various funding mechanisms aimed at increasing diversity, develop strategies and grant writing skills for preparing more effective… Continue reading »

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Teach! Write! Learn! Become a Grant Coach!

Application is due next in June 2020. Become a Grant Coach! Start an Application: https://postdocs.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/48887 *** We are particularly interested in recruiting a Grant Coach that can bridge both our biomedical & biosciences courses (BIOS 242, BIOS 263) and engineering & natural sciences courses (BIOS 279, BIOS 271). For example, has experience applying to NSF or has an interested in learning more about NSF funding… Continue reading »

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Integrating Your Training and Research Plans for a Successful K Award

Monday, October 28, 2019 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Signup This workshop will address the importance of integrating training elements into your research plan to improve the appeal of your K application. Participants will have hand-on practice to develop training goals together with the research direction, and to narrate their scientific niche at the end of the class. Target audience: Post-docs who would like to… Continue reading »

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Seminar & Panel: The Applicant’s Perspective of the K Award

Monday, October 21, 2019 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Signup NIH K99 Awardee Dr. Daniel Christoffel will provide tips and strategies for writing a compelling NIH K Award. After the seminar, a panel of K Awardees (K99, K01, K08, K23, etc.) will provide their perspectives as well. Cookies will be provided. About the speaker: Dan Christoffel, PhD is a prior Grant Writing Academy Grant Coach… Continue reading »

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Draw Your Science!

Monday, October 21, 2019 11:30 AM – 12:25 PM Signup Complex ideas conveyed with just a single picture can be an effective way to communicate your research to a broader audience; after all, the saying is “A picture is worth a thousand words!” In this workshop, Dr. Bharat will demonstrate how to draw complex scientific concepts in fun and easy ways. You will gain new… Continue reading »

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Writing for reviewers: Tricks to increase proposal clarity

Thursday, October 17, 2019 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Signup This workshop emphasizes clear and concise writing skills to improve the clarity of your proposals. We will discuss strategies for more effectively communicating your research ideas, turning reviewers into advocates for your proposal. We will present common grant application pitfalls and work through exercises to practice overcoming them. ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Liz Seckel is the Grant Writer for the Ob/Gyn Department at… Continue reading »

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Crafting a Compelling Training Plan

Friday, October 11, 2019 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM Signup Crafting a compelling training plan for a fellowship or career development award requires the applicant to develop a  framework to gain needed mentoring, skills, and experiences that build on prior training and/or experiences. At this workshop, participants will acquire an understanding of the importance of the Training Plan for graduate and postdoc  proposals, and how… Continue reading »

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Guide to the NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Program – Info Session & Panel Discussion

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Signup Did you know the NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP) is designed to reduce the financial burdens associated with educational debt? The LRP’s goal is to retain talented trainees in careers that conduct biomedical or biobehavioral research. Learn more: NIH LRP website (www.lrp.nih.gov) Topics to be covered will include applicant eligibility requirements, application details and timeline,… Continue reading »

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Preventing Science from Becoming Fake News: Addressing Rigor in your Grant Proposal

Thursday, October 3, 2019 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM Signup Reproducibility in science is an increasingly high priority for granting agencies and journal editorial staff, and accordingly, funding applications and journal submissions now require direct acknowledgement of techniques for improving reproducibility. This workshop will help participants understand NIH motives for requiring applicants to address rigor in research and identify relevant areas for increasing rigor in… Continue reading »

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Strategies for Writing an Effective NSF Application

Monday, September 30, 2019 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Signup This workshop will offer actionable tips for creating an effective NSF GRFP application, including what to include in and how to format the Broader Impact and Intellectual Merit statements. Past student winners will be in attendance to answer questions and discuss their experiences. Pizza will be provided. Sponsored by the Technical Communication Program of the… Continue reading »

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Learn How to Write Daily: Developing Writing Rituals and Routines for Academic Success

Friday, September 27, 2019 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Signup Does the idea of writing a grant or a paper make you feel overwhelmed and anxious?  Do you ever wonder why writing fills you with dread and often drives you to procrastinate?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, then this workshop is for you.  Just like breathing is necessary for life, writing… Continue reading »

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Tips for Generating Stellar NIH Biosketches

Monday, September 23, 2019 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Sign up At this workshop, learn about the very specific requirements for the NIH Biosketch such as how many research products are allowed for each Contribution to Science. Dr. Crystal Botham from the Biosciences Grant Writing Academy will also provide tips for generating a stellar NIH Biosketch. The last 30 minutes (10:30-11 AM) will be reserved… Continue reading »

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Navigating the Funding Opportunity Announcement

Monday, September 23, 2019 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Sign up So, you’ve got a great idea and you’re ready to write a killer grant application. However, standing between you and success is a labyrinth of eligibility rules set forth by your chosen funding entity. Let us help you crack the code with a short 30-min jumpstart talk on navigating the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).… Continue reading »

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Writing Specific Aims? Join a Lecture about Specific Aims & Signup for Specific Aims Workshop!

Specific Aims Lecture – Thursday, September 5, 2019 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Lecture Sign up Learn techniques for developing a one-page executive summary of your research plan, e.g. Specific Aims page for a fellowship or career development award or job application.   Need Feedback? Join a Peer Feedback Specific Aims Workshop! Workshop times: Sept 11 9-11 am; Sept 12 9-11 am; Sept 18 2-4… Continue reading »

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Seminar and Panel Discussion: Writing Compelling NIH NRSA F Fellowships!

Thursday, September 19, 2019 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Sign up Learn how to craft a strong application for the NIH NRSA F series Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships (F30, F31, F32).  Q&A session with a panel of successful former applicants with follow the seminar. Co-sponsored by SBSA and GWA. Pizza, salad, and soda will be provided! About the speaker: Noah Greenwald is a 3rd year… Continue reading »

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Industry Insights into the Research Development Profession

Ever wonder what is research development (RD) and how your training has prepared you to enter this dynamic and growing profession? Looking to use your “academic” and other skill sets in new and exciting ways to enable innovative research at Stanford and beyond? Event Date: Sept 12, starts at 4 pm Register here Join the BioSci Careers Assistant Dean Stephanie Eberle for an Industry Insights panel discussion… Continue reading »

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Lunchtime Learning

Lunchtime Learning is co-sponsored by the Grant Writing Academy (School of Medicine) and Technical Communication Program (School of Engineering). The Lunchtime Learning series that teaches best practices of technical communication to STEM students and postdoctoral trainees. Next Lunchtime Learning: Next offered in Autumn 2018   Past Lunchtime Learnings: Email 101: Writing Professional and Productive Emails – May 9, 2018 Quick Tips For Writing Effectively About Complex Stem Topics – April… Continue reading »

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Writing Graduate Research Fellowships

The NSF GRFP is a prestigious, nationally competitive fellowship and provides three years of support for beginning graduate study. BIOS 271: Writing Graduate Research Fellowships (Autumn term) BIOS 271 2019 Schedule: July 31, Aug 7, Aug 14, Aug 21 at 9-11 am Sign Up Initial sessions focus on the basics of grantsmanship, review criteria (i.e. intellectual merit and broader impact), and required materials, with particular focus on… Continue reading »

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Spring Proposal Bootcamp: Biomedical & Biosciences

BIOS 263: Applied Grant-Writing Skills for Fellowships Registration is now closed. Email Crystal Botham (cbotham@stanford.edu) before April 1 if you are interested in the Bootcamp. The Spring Proposal Bootcamp: Biomedical & Biosciences is specifically tailored for graduate students applying to fellowships, for example the NIH F31 or F30, and postdocs writing the NIH NRSA Fellowship F32. Bootcamp participants develop proposals through guided exercises with an… Continue reading »

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Spring Proposal Bootcamp: Natural Sciences & Engineering (BIOS 279)

Registration is now closed. Email Crystal Botham (cbotham@stanford.edu) before April 3 if you are interested in the Bootcamp. Graduate students and postdocs develop proposals in the non-medical fields of science and engineering (e.g. for the National Science Foundation) focusing on required documents such as the 1-page Project Summary, Broader Impacts, Intellectual Merit, and Research Plan. Participants establish a writing practice and learn fundamental grant writing… Continue reading »

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Communicate Effectively with your Mentor

Friday, May 3, 2019 12:30 PM – 1:30 AM Register Here Dr. Sofie Kleppner, Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, will provide strategies for effective communication with your mentor to help maximize the value of that important relationship. Free pizza will be served at 12:15 PM (please bring your own water). Presentation follows at 12:30 PM. Event is co-sponsored by the Technical Communication Program (School of Engineering) and Grant Writing Academy (School… Continue reading »

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Let’s Have an Awesome Time Doing Science: Improving Scientists and Enriching Community

Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 12 – 4 pm Register Here Students, postdocs, faculty, staff, and Stanford community members are invited to attend 2019’s Let’s Have an Awesome Time Doing Science (LHAATDS). This symposium will feature fantastic scientists giving extraordinary talks that will focus on the process of research (rather than the research itself) and explore how to get the most of scientific careers and improve… Continue reading »

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Effective Leadership through Listening

Friday, April 26, 2019 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM *** ROOM LOCATION UPDATE: THIS LUNCHTIME  LEARNING WILL NOW BE IN MITCHELL EARTH SCIENCES B67 *** Register here Being a good listener can make you a stronger leader and improve your professional relationships. In this interactive workshop, Matt Vassar, the instructor for the popular ENGR 103/203 Public Speaking course, will guide you through listening techniques to make people… Continue reading »

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Beyond Fear and Trembling: Managing Speech Anxiety

Friday, April 12, 2019 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM; Alway M112 Sign Up Does speaking in public make your heart beat faster?  If it does, the good news is that you are in good company, not only in terms of the number of people who share this fear, but also with regard to the many renowned speakers and performers who know this condition intimately themselves.  In… Continue reading »

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Review & Coffee

Writing a fellowship or career development award proposal? Come to our workshop to answer your questions and for peer review! Friday, March 22, 2019 – 1- 3 pm Register Here Director of the Grant Writing Crystal Botham and Grant Coach Lam invite you to bring your questions about writing a proposal, especially for the NIH Fellowships (F31, F32, etc.) or K Awards (K99/R00, K08, K23, etc.) to… Continue reading »

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Crafting an Effective Research Statement

March 7, 2019 – noon – 1 PM Register here This workshop emphasizes how to craft an effective written research statement to use in faculty applications.  We will discuss strategies for clearly and concisely communicating your research and its impacts. The workshop will cover questions to ask yourself to get started, what content to include, and how to format an overall persuasive research narrative. This workshop… Continue reading »

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Thinking about submitting an NSF CAREER proposal? 

You’re invited to a special lunch with a panel of past recipients of NSF CAREER awards. Date:  Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 12:30-2:00pm Location:  Yamazaki Environment and Energy (Y2E2) Building, Room 299 RSVP:  Please sign up to attend by March 1, 2019   The panelists will share their thoughts for developing your proposal and teaching/outreach ideas, conveying your plans to review panels, and implementing programs. A number of… Continue reading »

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Designing Exceptional Posters

February 15, 2019, 12:00pm-1:00pm Want to make your posters more readable and attractive? In this interactive workshop, Kelly Harrison of the School of Engineering’s Technical Communication Program will show you how to design posters that will more effectively showcase your research. Free lunch will be served at 11:45 am outside Thornton–please bring your own water. Presentation follows at noon. Event is co-sponsored by the Technical Communication Program (School of Engineering)… Continue reading »

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Writing a Proposal? Come to our workshop! *** At Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Hospital ***

Writing a fellowship or career development award proposal? Come to our workshop to answer your questions and for peer review! Monday, February 11, 2019 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Learn more and register: https://www.onlineregistrationcenter.com/register/222/page1.asp?m=267&c=1027 Director of the Grant Writing Crystal Botham and Grant Coach Danielle Mathersul invite you to bring your questions about writing a proposal, especially for the NIH Fellowships (F31, F32, etc.) or K Awards… Continue reading »

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Stand Out, Get Hired

October 31, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm If you got to interview for your dream job, would you know what to say? Would you know how to set yourself apart from other candidates applying for the same position? Would you like to increase your chances of getting hired? In this fast-paced and interactive workshop, Matt Vassar gives you strategies to impress interviewers and ensure they remember you long… Continue reading »

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Discover Funding Opportunities and Grant Awards

Sponsored by Stanford University Libraries More information and to Register: http://library.stanford.edu/events/discover-funding-opportunities-and-grant-awards-0 Two different workshops: October 11, 2018 2-3 pm and October 16, 2018 11 am – noon Learn about search strategies and key resources to help you identify funding opportunities and view grants awards for a research area.  This session will introduce you to a search tool that lets you search multiple funding resources at one time and… Continue reading »

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All about the K Award: An Applicant’s Perspective

DOWNLOAD SLIDES: All about the K Award (click here) August 10, 2018; 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Register Online NIH K99 Awardee Kevin Beier, PhD will provide tips and strategies for how to write a compelling NIH K Award.  

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pLAY Statement

June 11, 2018; 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM The ability to communicate your research to diverse audiences takes practice. In this workshop you will learn how to tell the story of what you do and why it is important in a supportive and playful environment. Guided exercises will move you toward the goal of clear and cohesive lay statements for future fellowship or grant applications.… Continue reading »

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Let’s Have an Awesome Time Doing Science

WATCH THE VIDEOS: Recorded May 29, 2018 Let’s Have an Awesome Time Doing Science (LHAATDS) is back for its third year at Stanford! LHAATDS is a symposium that brings in fantastic, thoughtful scientists to give talks on how we can improve ourselves as scientists and improve the community around us. To be clear, these are not research talks. This year, we will hear talks from… Continue reading »

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Turbocharge Your Writing with Hugh Kearns

Thursday, May 17, 12:30pm – 3:00pm Tresidder Cypress Lounge Would you like to know the secret to high output, low stress scholarly writing? In academia it is often assumed that writing comes naturally. However, an overwhelming body of research shows that there are very clear and practical strategies that can greatly increase your writing productivity. Co-sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. Info & Register here.

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Email 101: Writing Professional and Productive Emails

May 9, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm Email is the primary communication tool at many organizations. When effective, email can facilitate communication and fuel productivity. But when unclear, inappropriate or unopened, email can be confusing, delay responses and potentially damage relationships. In this Lunchtime Learning workshop, Lisa Modifica from the Technical Communication Program (TCP) will explain how to write professional emails that prioritize clear communication and keep your… Continue reading »

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Quick Tips For Writing Effectively About Complex Stem Topics

April 10, 2018, 11:30am – 12:30pm For your research to make the most impact, you must be able to communicate it. But writing clearly about complex STEM topics can be tricky. In this Lunchtime Learning workshop, Stanford Professor Kristin Sainani draws on her extensive background as a health and science writer to present principles of effective technical writing and examples of good and bad writing,… Continue reading »

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Distilling Your Research

January 30, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm Do you find it hard to answer the question “what do you do?” In this interactive workshop you will learn how to explain your research in a simple way that you can then tailor for different audiences and purposes — elevator pitches, interviews, posters, presentations, grant applications, research papers, and more. Lunch will be served at 11:45 am; Presentation follows at noon. Event is co-sponsored by the Technical… Continue reading »

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Four Best Practices to Rock Your Resume!

November 28, 2017 11:30am-12:30pm You only get one chance to make a great first impression with your resume. If it’s poorly formatted or badly written, you may end up in the “reject” pile within seconds. In this interactive workshop, experts from BioSci Careers and the Technical Communication Program use real-world examples to illustrate four best practices that will help you rock your resume and get… Continue reading »

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NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Program (GRFP) Info Session

Sponsored by the Stanford Biosciences Student Association (SBSA) September 27, 2017, 5:00-6:30 pm The NSF GRFP is a prestigious, nationally competitive fellowship and provides three years of support for beginning graduate study. Helpful Resources from the University of Missouri Register online

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Talk Tech

April 19, 2017 12:00pm-1:00pm What do industry giants like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos all have in common? The ability to Talk Tech! Engaging an audience means sharing your vision—not just your technical details. In this fast-paced and highly interactive workshop, Matt Vassar, the creator of Stanford’s popular course on public speaking, will teach you how to talk to colleagues, customers, investors, interviewers, and even lay… Continue reading »

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How to Write A Successful NIH Career Development Award (K Award)

WATCH THE VIDEOS; Recorded July 29, 2015 A key step in establishing an academic career is the successful transition from post-doc or fellow training to the first faculty position. This workshop will enable fellows and young investigators to understand the different K award grant mechanisms and will provide strategies to optimize funding probability, in order to successfully complete the challenging transition to established investigator. This seminar… Continue reading »

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How to Write a Successful NIH Individual NRSA Fellowship (F30, F31, F32)

WATCH THE VIDEOS; Recorded July 29, 2015 This workshop is for pre- and postdoctoral trainees who are interested in preparing an application for an individual NRSA Fellowship (F Awards), including F30, F31, F32. Dr. Mark Roltsch, a former NHLBI Program Officer and Scientific Review Officer, will provide clear direction as to what is need to write a successful F Award grant and how to avoid… Continue reading »

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