The research focused workshops are offered on a monthly basis to help faculty understand and succeed in their research and scholarship. They range from 1 hour sessions to multi-day bootcamps that bring faculty together to work on writing grant proposals and journal articles.

Do you have an idea for a workshop? Email cfe@montana.edu and we'll add it to the list to be considered.

Upcoming Events

FOUNDATIONS: Tips & Tricks for Grant Proposal Submission

Monday, February 20 || 1:00 – 2:00 PM || Hamilton 214

Facilitator: Nika Stoop, Center for Faculty Excellence

Guests: Carly Urban, Ag Econ & Econ, and Laura Larsson, Nursing

Granting agencies often have very different formats and goals for their grant proposals. Join us for a workshop with grant-successful faculty that focuses on submitting to foundations.

Register now for this Foundations Tips & Tricks workshop. Attendees will receive 1 credit towards membership in the Center.

NSF CAREER Grant Panel: How to submit a successful proposal          

Thursday, February 21 || 2:00 – 3:00 PM || Jabs 207

Facilitated by Nika Stoop, Research Resources Coordinator, CFE

Panel: Mark Owkes, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Connie Chang, Chemical & Biological Engineering, Paul Stoy, Land Resources and Environmental Sciences and Christa Merzdorf, Cell Biology and Neuroscience. 

The NSF CAREER Award is a prestigious grant that integrates education and research. Find out more about what should be included in these proposals from several past awardees at MSU. Register ahead of time at the CFE website for access to examples of successful proposals.

Register now for this NSF CAREER Panel session. Attendees will receive 1 credit towards membership in the Center.

Mentoring Undergraduates in Research

Tuesday, March 5 || 3:00 – 4:00 PM || SUB168

Facilitated by Nika Stoop, Research Resources Coordinator, CFE

Panel: Kalli Decker and Mitch Vaterlaus, Health & Human Development, Jennifer Brown, Chemical & Biological Engineering and Greg Young, Music

Looking for some ideas on how to best mentor undergraduate students in research? Come to a panel session with faculty from STEM, social science and humanities to talk about why they work with undergraduates, how they structure their programs, and different ways of establishing expectations and understanding motivation of students. The session will end with small group discussions with the panelists to ask specific questions about how they successfully mentor undergraduates.

Register now for this Undergraduate Research Mentoring workshop. Attendees will receive 1 credit towards membership in the Center.

The Faculty Startup Package

Friday, March 8 || 12:00 – 1:00 PM || Gaines 243
Lunch will be served at 11:45 and the program will start at 12:00

Facilitated by Nika Stoop, Research Resources Coordinator, CFE

Panel: Leslie Schmidt, Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Dan Miller, Department Head and Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Cassandra Balent, Accounting Operations Manager, and Mindy Brown, Director of Finance for the College of Letters and Science.

Faculty startup packages vary on what they include and where they come from. Join this workshop where we will discuss what a startup package is, how and when you negotiate it, what kinds of funds are included in it and how you manage it. The session is open to faculty, postdocs and graduate students.

Register now for this Faculty Startup Package workshop. Attendees will receive 1 credit towards membership in the Center.

Past Events

Dept. of Energy: Tips & Tricks for Grant Proposals

Wednesday, January 16 || 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM || Innovative Learning Studio (Library)

Guests: Adie Phillips, Civil Engineering and Lee Spangler, Energy Research Institute
Facilitator: Nika Stoop, Center for Faculty Excellence

Grant proposals to the Department of Energy can be very different depending on what type of grant you are aiming for. Join grant-successful faculty for a workshop on tips & tricks for submitting grant proposals to the DOE. We will cover how to find the right opportunity for you, proposal requirements and the submission process.

Watch the partial video of the DOE Tips & Tricks workshop

Social and Behavioral Science Grant Review Learning Community

Tuesday, September 18 || 12:00 – 1:00 PM || 221 Herrick Hall Conference Room
Bring your lunch. Dessert and coffee will be provided.

Hosted by Suzanne Held, Professor of Health & Human Development and Women in STEM/SBS Distinguished Professor

NEW! Are you working on a grant in the social and behavioral sciences? Join us for a monthly grant review session starting September 18 and continuing on the third Tuesday throughout the year. Each month two people will bring up to 3 pages of their grant that they are working on for the group to read and give feedback. It is a chance for you to read grants in the SBS area and get feedback from colleagues and experts.

Co-sponsored with the Office of Sponsored Programs

Intro to Grants and Finding Grant Funding

Tuesday, September 11 || 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. || SUB 233
Presented by Nika Stoop, Research Resources Coordinator, CFE

New to writing grants? Join us for an interactive session that introduces you to the grant writing process, and the MSU policies and procedures. We will also cover how to find funding opportunities that fit your research program beyond searching on funding websites.

Grant Writing Boot Camp: From Idea to Proposal

Thursdays, September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18 || 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Facilitated by Nika Stoop, Grant Training Coordinator, CFE

From Idea to Proposal: Go through the grant-writing process from beginning to end while working on your own grant proposal. With feedback from peers and experts, this 5-week workshop is designed to help novice grant writers understand the requirements of a grant opportunity, collect and create the many parts of a proposal, organize and write about their project, connect with MSU resources, and submit a grant proposal at MSU. 

  • Participation is limited to 16 people so apply for your spot TODAY (or at least by Sept 12th)! Preference will be given to faculty who already have a grant opportunity in mind and can attend ALL sessions.