​G​raduate Student Research Workshops

STEM Fellowship Writing Workshop 2016

The STEM Fellowship Writing Workshop is offered to graduate 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 30, 2016. Specific meeting times for groups will be announced after lecture sessions have concluded. >> Registration Form

Seminar 1: “Grantsmanship and Grant Logistics”

Presented by Dr. John Russell and Dr. Adam Eggebrecht
Seminar 1 will be offered only once. It will be held on the Medical campus and video streamed live to the Danforth campus. You may attend at either location.

Medical Campus
Thursday, October 6, 10 a.m. - Noon
Holden Auditorium, Farrell Learning and Teaching Center (FLTC)

Danforth Campus
Thursday, October 6, 10 a.m. - Noon
Brauer Hall, Room 12 – live video stream of seminar held on Medical campus

Seminar 2: "Writing Personal Statements"
Presented by Steve Pijut Director, Associate Director The Writing Center
Workshop participants 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
Tuesday, October 11, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Holden Auditorium, Farrell Learning and Teaching Center (FLTC)

Danforth Campus
Thursday, October 13, 10:00 am-Noon
Brauer Hall, Room 12

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 10/31-11/4, 11/7-11/11, and 11/14-11/18.





NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Workshop

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Workshop is offered annually to first- or second-year STEM PhD students (U.S. citizens and permanent residents), 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. The program is supported by the Graduate School, the Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences, and the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis and has events on both the Medical School and Danforth campuses.

The workshop consists of an initial seminar by Dr. Joseph Jez, NSF Review Panelist and Dr. Martha Bhattacharya, workshop founder. 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, 2016 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 groups sessions. However, all are welcome to attend the seminars without an obligation to attend the small group sessions. >> Register to attend.

Workshop Schedule

Seminar 1: "How to Write A Successful Research Proposal"
Presented by Dr. Martha Bhattacharya and 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
Thursday, September 8, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.,
Holden Auditorium, Farrell Learning and Teaching Center (FLTC)

Danforth Campus
Friday, September 9, 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Whitaker Hall, Room 100 (Auditorium)
>> View Event Information

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
Tuesday, September 13, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Holden Auditorium, Farrell Learning & Teaching Center (FLTC)

Danforth Campus
Thursday, September 15, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Whitaker Hall, Room 100 (Auditorium)
>> View Event Information

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 9/26-9/30, 10/3-10/7, and 10/10-10/14*.
*Meetings this week may be changed to accommodate observance of Yom Kippur

NSF GRFP Eligibility (Change for 2016)

Starting in fall 2016, NSF will limit graduate students to only one application to the GRFP, submitted either in the first year or in the second year of graduate school. First-year graduate students who applied in fall of 2015 and are otherwise eligible may apply in fall 2016. All other graduate students are subject to the new eligibility restriction. No change is made to the eligibility of undergraduates. For more information on eligibility requirements visit nsfgrfp.org.

International students without permanent resident status and MD/PhD students should not attend the NSF GRFP workshop. Instead, they should attend the STEM Fellowship Writing Workshop to be held in October/November, 2016. Information on this workshop will be announced later.

Contact

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