Effective Research Mentoring

Two Consecutive Sessions:  Thursday, May 24 and 31 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM || Jabs 207 
Facilitated by Nika Stoop (CFE)
Guest Faculty: Alex Adams (CAIRHE) and Kalli Decker (Health & Human Dev), and others

Strong mentorship has been linked to enhanced mentee productivity, self-efficacy, career satisfaction, and is an important predictor of the academic success of scientists in training. Join experienced mentors for sessions that are based on the Entering Mentoring curriculum, which has been successfully tested in a multi-site randomized controlled trial led by UW-Madison. The mentors who participated in Entering Mentoring assess their mentees' skills and communicate with them more effectively.

This workshop uses a case-based approach to discuss mentoring challenges among peers, share best mentoring practices, read relevant literature, review structured documents for mentoring success (e.g., compacts and individual development plans), and create a mentoring philosophy. Offered as two 3-hour sessions, the workshop is limited to 12 participants who can attend all sessions.

Session 1: Understanding the importance of mentoring, Maintaining effective communication, Aligning expectations, Addressing equity and inclusion

Session 2: Assessing understanding, Fostering independence, Articulating a mentoring philosophy

NIH Grant-Writing Bootcamp

Four sessions: Wednesdays, June 6, 13, 20, & 27 || 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Facilitated by Nika Stoop, Research Resources Coordinator, CFE

New!!! Go through the grant-writing process from beginning to end while working on your own NIH grant proposal. Learn about writing specific aims that will draw your reviewers into your proposal, the NIH review process and how reviewers think, and how to organize your research plan. We will also have a session on clinical trials and go over the new guidelines. With feedback from peers and experts, this 4-week workshop is designed to help novice grant writers make significant progress on their proposal. The workshop is limited to 16 participants who can attend all sessions and are currently working on a proposal. Submit your application by May 30th. You can also apply to join the NIH Mock Panel session in August with your completed proposal.

Grant-Writing Bootcamp 2.0: Understanding Reviews and Rewriting your Proposal

Friday, June 8 || 10:00 – 11:30 AM || SUB 233
Facilitated by Nika Stoop, Grant Training Coordinator, CFE
Guest Faculty: Michelle Flenniken (NSF/USDA), Seth Walk (NIH/USDA), Jessi Smith (NSF, NIH), Rob Walker (NSF, DOE, ONR)
While having a grant declined to be funded is disappointing, it gives faculty an opportunity to revise the proposal and resubmit. This workshop focuses on understanding your grant reviews, how to discuss them with your program officer, and how to revise their proposals to address those reviews. We'll start with an overview of general tips and then open it up to a panel discussion. Participants should bring their reviews for the small group discussions at the end of the session. They will also have access to proposals, reviews and resubmitted proposals from grant-successful faculty as examples.

Planning Productivity: Hands-On Summer Planning Session

Thursday, May 10 || 10:00 – 11:30 AM || Innovative Learning Studio (Library)
Facilitated by Vanessa Simonds and Suzanne Held, Health & Human Development

Join us to watch the "Every Summer Needs a Plan" webinar from the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

  • Do you often start the summer with high hopes for your writing projects, but end disappointed by your actual productivity?
  • Do you desperately want (or need) to write a lot this summer?
  • Do you want to figure out how to be more productive AND enjoy your life this summer?

In this hands-on planning session, we will watch the NCFDD webinar and then Vanessa and Suzanne will be on-hand to help you create your summer plan.

Outreach and Broader Impact Ideas and Strategies for Grant Proposals

Tuesday, May 8 || 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM || Innovative Learning Studio (Library) 
Facilitated by Suzi Taylor, Assistant Director Outreach and Communications and Jamie Cornish, Outreach Specialist, from Academic Technology & Outreach

Suzi and Jamie will give an overview of strategies for writing great Broader Impact or other public outreach plans when writing proposals. Some key things they will cover are ongoing outreach activities that you could join, needs assessments, and ways to evaluate the activities. They will share ideas from the 2018 National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI) Summit.

Survey Design for Teaching and/or Research

Tuesday, March 6 || 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. || SUB 235

Facilitated by Greg Notess, Library and Nika Stoop, CFE
Guest Faculty: 
Kaylin Greene – Sociology, Suzanne Held – Health & Human Development, and Bill Schell - Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Are you thinking of using surveys to assess teaching or research questions? Join us for a workshop with faculty who have experience designing surveys and using the Qualtrics tool for different applications – with students in teaching, educational assessment, and social science research. Qualtrics is a powerful online survey tool that lets you quickly build, distribute, and analyze surveys.

NSF CAREER Grant Panel
Wednesday, February 7 || 1:00 – 2:30 PM || ABB 138
Panel: Michelle Flenniken, Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology, Paul Stoy, Land Resources & Environmental Sciences, Jim Wilking, Chemical & Biological Engineering, and Christa Merzdorf, Cell Biology & 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. Bring a one-page summary of your project to discuss in small groups. Register ahead of time at the CFE website for access to examples of successful proposals.

Balancing Parenting and Productivity

Tuesday, January 23 || 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. || Innovative Learning Studio (Library)

Facilitators: Sara Rushing (MSU Family Advocate, Political Science), Amy Trowbridge (Land Resources & Environmental Sciences), and David Claudio (Mechanical & Industrial Engineering)

Join fellow MSU parents to watch a National Center for Faculty Diversity and Development interactive webinar: “Parenting and Productivity” by Rebecca L. Davis, PhD, Associate Professor of History with a joint appointment in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Delaware. Come and create your “Parenting Support Map,” and learn about the MSU family-friendly policies in the new Faculty Handbook.

Introduction to Writing Research Grants

Thursday, January 18 || 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. || SUB168
Facilitated by Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, OSP and Nika Stoop, Grant Training 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. The session will be offered via WebEx for those faculty not on the Bozeman campus. 

USDA Grant Writing Workshop

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 || 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Guests: Carl Yeoman, Animal & Range Sciences and Mary Burrows, Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology
Join grant-successful faculty who have received USDA grants to learn tips and tricks for success.

Video of this event is available.   

NSF Grant Writing Workshop

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 || 10:00 a.m. - 11:00  a.m.

Guests: Bruce Maxwell, Institute on Ecosystems and David Dickensheets, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Join grant-successful faculty who have received NSF grants to learn tips and tricks for success.

Video of this event is available.   

NIH Grant Writing Workshop

Tuesday, October 24, 2017  || 9:00 a.m. - 10:00  a.m
Guests: Ed Dratz, Chemistry & Biochemistry and Alex Adams, Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity (CAIRHE)
Join grant-successful faculty who have received NIH grants to learn tips and tricks for success.

Video of this event is available.    

#GrantSuccess - Connecting with MSU Resources for Grant Proposal Preparation
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 || 1:00 p.m. - 2:30  p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Office for Sponsored Programs

Connect with MSU programs and people that share the mission of supporting faculty research and ask them grant-related questions in the "hot topics in grant writing" 1.5-hour roundtable session

Finding Grant Funding

Friday, September 8 || 12:00 p.m. - 1:00  p.m.

Facilitated by Nika Stoop, Ph.D.

Join our workshop on how to find funding opportunities that fit your research program. This session will focus on techniques that go beyond searching on funding websites.

Video of this event is available.  

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USDA Grant Writing Workshop
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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NSF Grant Writing Workshop

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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NIH Grant Writing Workshop

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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Finding Grant Funding

Friday, September 8

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