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​G​raduate Student Research Workshops


Fellowship W riting Workshop 2017

The NIH Fellowship Writing Workshop is offered to gra duate students and postdocs in order to teach them proposal-writing skills, with the goal of applying to an appropriate fellowship or grant. The program is supported by the Graduate School, the Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis and has events on both the Medical School and Danforth campuses.

This workshop is for graduate students and postdocs who plan to apply to NIH F & K grants or private foundation fellowships.

The workshop consists of an initial seminar (please see dates below) consisting of information on NIH grant logistics, NIH grant 101, and a panel discussion and Q&A with faculty and postdocs with grants experience.

The second seminar in the workshop will be hosted by The Writing Center at Washington University and will focus on how to write personal statements and other essays for your applications. At this seminar, students can sign up for one-on-one sessions with writing mentors through The Writing Center to get help with their drafts. Postdocs may have the opportunity of booking appointments with the Engineering Communication Center.

These information sessions lead up to the heart of the workshop: three small group mentoring sessions that will enable students to have a completed application for fall/winter application deadlines. In these sessions, offered on both the Medical School and Danforth Campuses, skilled grant writers (faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and senior PhD students) will mentor students and postdocs in their grant-writing.

Week one will focus on specific aims page and project summary. Week two will focus on biosketch, personal statement, and training plan. Week three will focus on revision of all previous assignments.

Please note: In order to attend the Small Group Sessions you must attend both Seminar 1 and 2 and register for the small groups sessions. However, all are welcome to attend the first seminar without an obligation to attend the small group sessions.

The deadline to register for the small group mentoring sessions is September 22, 2017. Specific meeting times for groups will be announced after lecture sessions have concluded. >> Register to attend.

Workshop Schedule

Fellowship Writing Lecture 1

  • Medical Campus: Wednesday, 9/27 from 1-3 p.m. in Erlanger Auditorium
    • Speakers: John Russell and Adam Eggebrecht; Panelists: Mitch D’Rozario, Jason Weber, and Adie Wilson-Poe
  • Danforth Campus: Friday, 9/29 from 3-5 p.m. in Brauer Hall, Room 12
    • Speakers: Lori Setton and Adam Eggebrecht; Panelists: Scott Crick and Jon Silva

Fellowship Writing Lecture 2: Steve Pijut (90 minutes)

  • Medical Campus: Thursday, 10/5 from 2-3:30 p.m. in Erlanger Auditorium
  • Danforth Campus: Friday, 10/6 from 2-3:30 p.m. in Brauer Hall, Room 12

Small Groups: Faculty are responsible for contacting their group members to arrange a time & place to meet. Homework is due 48 hours before meeting.

  • Small Group 1: Specific Aims Page, Project Summary/Abstract, and Project Narrative, 10/16 – 10/20
  • Small Group 2: NIH or NIH-style biosketch, Personal Statement, Contributions to Science, Goals for Fellowship Training (Fs or fellowships) and/or Goals for Career Development (Ks or Career Transition Awards), 10/23 - 10/27
  • Small Group 3: Revise all previous assignments, 10/29 - 11/3






NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Workshop 2017

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Workshop is offered to first- or second-year STEM graduate students, in order to teach proposal-writing skills, with the goal of applying to the NSF GRFP. Senior undergraduate students are welcome to attend as well. This workshop is for students in NSF-eligible fields, including fields related to science; technology; engineering; mathematics; physics; astronomy and astrophysics; STEM Education; anthropology and archeology; economics; sociology; data science; endangered languages; law and social science; political science; and cognitive sciences.

The program is supported by the Graduate School, the Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences, and the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University and has events on both the Medical School and Danforth campuses. The workshop consists of two seminars and small group meetings.

The first seminar will be delivered by Dr. Joseph Jez, NSF Review Panelist. This seminar will cover basics of grantsmanship, types of grants available to early graduate students, and information about the review process, with particular focus on the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship Program.

The second seminar in the workshop will be hosted by The Writing Center at Washington University and will focus on how to write personal statements and other essays for your applications. At this seminar, students can sign up for one-on-one sessions with writing mentors through The Writing Center to get help with their drafts.

These information sessions lead up to the heart of the workshop: three small group mentoring sessions that will enable students to have a completed application ready for the NSF Application Deadline in late October 2017 and/or apply for other fellowships. In these sessions, offered on both the Medical School and Danforth Campuses, skilled grant writers (faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and senior PhD students) will mentor students in their first real grant-writing experience.

  • Week one will focus on Introduction, Problem Statement, Specific Aims outline.
  • Week two will focus on Personal, Relevant Background, and Future Goals Statement. Week three will focus on a two-page proposal draft.

Please note: In order to attend the Small Group Sessions you must attend both Seminar 1 and 2 and register for the small group sessions. However, all are welcome to attend the seminars without an obligation to attend the small group sessions.

Deadline to register for the small group mentoring sessions is August 31, 2017. Specific meeting times for groups will be announced after lecture sessions have concluded.

Workshop Schedule

Seminar 1: "How to Write A Successful Research Proposal"
Presented by Dr. Joseph Jez
Students should attend only one "Seminar 1" session. You may attend at either campus, no matter where you spend most of your lab time.

Medical Campus:
Tuesday, September 5, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Erlanger Auditorium, McDonnell Medical Sciences Building

Danforth Campus:
Friday, September 8, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Whitaker Hall Auditorium

Seminar 2: "Writing Personal Statements"
Presented by Steve Pijut Director, Associate Director of The Writing Center
Students should attend only one "Seminar 2" session. You may attend at either campus, no matter where you spend most of your lab time.

Medical Campus
Thursday, September 14, 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Erlanger Auditorium, McDonnell Medical Sciences Building

Danforth Campus
Friday, September 15, 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Whitaker Hall Auditorium

Small Group Mentoring Sessions
Small groups will be assigned after the lecture sessions have concluded. Your faculty mentor will inform you of the meeting dates, times, and locations. Small groups are likely to meet during the weeks of 9/24-9/29* 10/1-10/6, and 10/8-10/13.

*Meetings this week may be changed to accommodate observance of Yom Kippur.

NSF GRFP Eligibility

For information on eligibility requirements for the NSF GRFP, please read the program eligibility guidelines or visit the NSF GRFP Information Webpage.

International Students without U.S. permanent resident status and M.D./Ph.D. students should not attend the NSF GRFP workshop. Instead, they should attend the NIH Fellowship Writing Workshop that begins in late September, 2017. Information on this workshop will be announced later in the fall.


Contact

Natalie Goodwin-Frank
Director, Research Development & Administration
314-935-4498
frankn@wustl.edu

Patience Graybill Condellone
Manager, Research Development & Administration
314-935-8618
patience.graybill@wustl.edu