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January 15 - 16th, 2014 - NSF STEM Education Interactive Web-Based Workshops for the New Improving Undergraduate Education STEM Education (IUSE)

Interactive Workshop Flyer

Dates/Times:

  • Broader Impacts: Wednesday, January 15, 2014, noon to 2 pm
  • Proposal Strategies: Thursday, January 16, 2014, noon to 2 pm
  • Goals, Objectives, and Evaluation Questions: Friday, January 17, 2014, noon to 2 pm

Location: EPS 126

Description: The National Science Foundation designed these three interactive web-based workshops to give you a competitive edge in writing proposals for educational research and development projects for this new NSF program. Anyone with a STEM component in their proposal will benefit from these workshops. Attend on, two, or all three! An MSU facilitator will host each session and lead discussions between MSU and other institutions. Registration is required for this brown bag session. Drinks and light refreshments will be served. Marilyn Lockhart of CFE, Dave Mogk of Earth Sciences and Micaela Young of ADVANCE will facilitate the event.

Registration Process: For more information, email Micaela Young, Grant Submission Training Coordinator at micaelayoung@montana.edu or call 994-5338. To register for the workshops, please visit the following link: REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

February 6th & 7th - Finding Funding: Databases, Strategies, and Techniques and Foundation Opportunities

Dates/Times:

  • Finding Funding: Databases, Strategies, and Techniques: Thursday, February 6, 2014, noon to 1 pm
  • Foundation Opportunities: Finding and Securing Funding through Foundations: February 7, 2014, 11:30 to 1:30 pm

Location:

  • Finding Funding: Strand Union Building, Room 235
  • Foundation Opportunities: MSU Library Heathcote Classroom

Finding Funding: Databases, Strategies, and Techniques
Montana State University subscribes to an extensive database of funding opportunities, properly named “SPIN.” Students and faculty may use this database free of charge both onsite at MSU and offsite by registering in the system. This workshop focuses on conducting efficient and productive funding searches for research funds, professional development funds, and academic support. Topics include how to register for these and other databases and search engines, and how to conduct successful searches by using the built-in features of the SPIN system. Sandy Sward of OSP and Micaela Young of ADVANCE will facilitate the event.

Foundation Opportunities: Finding and Securing Funding through Foundations
With reductions in federal funding for research, many are looking to private foundations for new opportunities. Foundation opportunities tend to take less time to apply for, but have diverse and sometimes unique application procedures. The course will discuss core strategies that are applicable to these opportunities by closely examining a handful of solicitations that would be of interest to the campus community, and by introducing participants to the MSU personnel who manage foundation grants and foundation funding databases. James Thull of the MSU Library, Anna Graham Lindeen, Director of Foundation Relations, and Micaela Young of ADVANCE will facilitate the event.

Registration Process: For more information, email Micaela Young, Grant Submission Training Coordinator at micaelayoung@montana.edu or call 994-5338. To register for the workshops, please visit the following links and RSVP: REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

March 7th - May 2nd, 2014 - Grant Writing Boot Camp

Dates/Times:

  • The ADVANCE Boot Camp will begin on Friday, March 7th and end on Friday, May 2nd. The format of the event will be one week on or in-session, and one week off for assignment completion.
  • ADVANCE Final Event: We will host a working lunch to debrief and discuss plans for final submissions. This event will take place on May 2nd, 2014.

Location: Animal Bioscience Building, Room 145  

Description: This event is a culmination of two successful boot camp events; one that took place in summer of 2013 through EHHD and another hosted by ADVANCE in the fall of 2013. This training is designed to facilitate the production of a solid, review-ready grant proposal. Participants will have the opportunity to submit proposals for review and comment by grant successful senior investigators, and a team of proposal support personnel will be aligned to the submitters individual needs.

Session Format: In each every other week session, participants can expect to interact with grant successful faculty facilitators and agency leaders to learn the skills and insights required to develop competitive grant proposals. The first hour of the session will be devoted to lecture and/or discussion, and the remaining session will consist of peer review, hands-on participatory writing, and workshop activities. The off-week session will be used to apply the concepts learned to components of active proposals so that participants make steady progress towards completion.

Bootcamp Sessions

Expected Outcomes: At the end of each session, grant submitters will have gained critical knowledge of developing narratives and budgets, funding agency and university requirements, and the process of the grant review panel for their respective funding agency. The most significant product of these sessions will be a review-ready grant proposal.

Registration Process: For more information, email Micaela Young, Grant Submission Training Coordinator at micaelayoung@montana.edu or call 994-5338. To register for the workshops, please RSVP by clicking on the following link: REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED and send an introduction email to micaelayoung@montana.edu from your preferred email account to help establish the participant listserv.


April 3rd & 4th, 2014 - ADVANCE Interdisciplinary Sandbox
Sandbox Flyer

Dates/Times:

  • Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 10:30 - Noon
  • Friday, April 4, 2014 from 8:30 - 10:00
  • Friday, April 4, 2014 from 1:00 - 2:30

Location: 319 Leon Johnson Hall

Description:

What is the Sandbox Invitation? Based on a preliminary show of interests, we identified three research “clusters” of related interests with (potentially) limitless intersections and applications. Come to one or come to all!

The goal? Find a cluster that interests you and get to know the others who share that interest. See if you want to organize to play in the interdisciplinary “sandbox,” where your group can freely and creatively discuss an interdisciplinary research project

Then what? If you find others to connect with  and want to form an official research team, ADVANCE will support your efforts to more officially come together and organize. Need childcare? Need to fly out an expert? Need to rent some retreat location? Need help finding an RFA or grant agency for funding the project?  As a group, tell ADVANCE what you need to bring your team together to work on the project development and we will do our best to make it happen.

May 7th, 14th, & 21st, 2014 - How to Be an Effective Research Mentor

Mentor Flyer

Dates/Times:

  • Session One: Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 from 9:00 to 11:30 am
  • Session Two: Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 from 9:00 to 11:30 am
  • Session Three: Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 from 9:00 to 11:30 am

Location: Reid Hall, Room 425

Description: These sessions are based on 8-hour curriculum, Mentor for Clinical and Translational Researchers, which has been successfully tested via a multi-site randomized controlled trial (RCT) led by UW-Madison. The seminar uses a case-based approach to explore an intellectual framework for research mentoring, providing opportunities for reflection on mentoring skills and a forum to solve mentoring dilemmas and share strategies for success (UW ICTR, 2012). Findings from the RCT include:

  • Trained mentors reported significantly higher learning gains as compared to the control. They also reported more implemented changes in their mentoring practice.
  • 88% of training participants reported that the 8-hour seminar was a valuable use of their time and 90% said they would recommend it to a colleague.
  • Mentees of trained mentors noted a greater number of positive changes in their mentoring relationship over the study period (UW ICTR, 2012)

This 8-hour seminar will be offered in the summer session of 2014 as two, four-hour sessions, on Wednesday, May 7th, and Wednesday, May 21st. Upon registration, participants will indicate their course time preferences, and a final schedule will be distributed to the group.

Registration Process: Please register at REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. Registration for this event will close at 5:00 pm on April 25th. Participants will receive confirmation of their registration and any additional resources for the course. If the event is full, you may be placed on a waiting list and notified of any openings by May 2nd. For questions or more information, please call or email Micaela Young at micaelayoung@montana.edu or x5338.