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Research Skills Workshop Series Offered


The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) will offer a workshop and events series focused on improving research skills and building awareness about research opportunities during October.

Workshop Sessions

Wednesday, Oct. 9

Concept Map/Logic Map Workshops

These separate workshops help participants organize their ideas into a foundation for research proposals, publications, presentations, and teaching. Concept maps represent relationships among ideas, images, or words. They express logic by demonstrating visually how individual ideas form a larger whole. Logic maps are more particularly a first step in proposal development. They expresses your fundamental question, the knowledge gap that justifies funding, what you will do to fill this gap, and expected outcomes and significance. The logical connection between these components must be clear and tight. Both workshops will take place in Room 450, DuBourg Hall. Concept maps will be discussed from noon to 1:15 p.m., and logic maps from 4 to 5 p.m. No registration necessary.

Thursday, Oct. 10

Early Career Funding

In the early stages of developing a research program and looking for funding opportunities? This workshop will introduce funding sources and helpful search engines across various disciplines, and discuss the major requirements of the funding opportunities identified.  The session will run from noon to 1:30 p.m. in DuBourg Hall Room 450, and is open to all. It is designed to help you start developing proposals to launch your research program. No registration necessary.

Friday, Oct. 11

Lecture: “Structuring Your Research Paper”

The Department of Computer Science and OVPR are co-hosting this lecture by Jean-Luc Doumont. An engineer from the Louvain School of Engineering who holds a doctorate in applied physics from Stanford University, Doumont now devotes his time and energy to training in effective communication, pedagogy, statistical thinking, and related themes. This lecture shows how to structure research papers, dissertations, and other reports effectively at all levels to get the readers' attention, facilitate navigation, and thus get the message across optimally to their audiences. The lecture will run from 10 a.m. to noon in Room 253, Busch Student Center. No registration necessary.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP)

Learn about NSF graduate fellowships offering a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees. Fellows also have opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct research at any accredited U.S. institution. The program seeks outstanding students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees. It is the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, and recipients have a long history of success.

This information session will discuss the four major components of a GRFP proposal and provide tips and skills for writing a competitive proposal. The session is open to all undergraduate juniors and seniors and graduate students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics supported by the NSF.

The session will run from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Room 254, Busch Student Center. No registration necessary.

Saturday, Oct. 12

Proposal Development Workshop II: From Logic Maps to Full Proposals

This day-long workshop builds on understanding concept and logic maps. Participants will develop a logic map before the session and present this map to the group for comments and revision. Logic maps will next be expanded into research overviews. Participants will discuss key proposal components; assembling these in logical order; review criteria and key lessons extracted from peer reviews; and a timeline for proposal completion. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 450, DuBourg Hall. Participation is limited eight people and early registration is advised.