Grant Writing Workshop

Event information

Workshop format, 12:00pm-1:30pm:

Dr. Kathleen Rein, Moderator
Dr. Deron Burkepile, Biological Sciences - Faculty View on Getting a Grant
Dr. Juan Lopez, Assistant Director, CAS Office of Research - Nuts & Bolts of Grant Writing
Dr. Rajamani Narayanan, Physics - Reflection on Getting an NSF Grant
Questions and Answers

Dr. Deron Burkepile -

I received my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Mississippi in biology and chemistry in 1999. In 2006, I received my Ph.D. from Georgia Tech under the direction of Dr. Mark Hay where I studied the impacts herbivorous fish species richness and identity on community structure of coral reefs. After finishing my Ph.D., I was the Brown Post-doctoral Fellow at Yale University where I did research in Kruger National Park in South Africa on the role of different size guilds of mammalian herbivores (elephants vs. zebra vs. impala) in driving ecosystem function in African savannas. I am currently an Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences at Florida International University in Miami, FL. My lab is currently working on projects examining how alterations to herbivore pressure and nutrient availability impact coral-algal-microbe interactions and coral disease as well as the role of fishes as important sources of nutrients in reef systems. The most recent projects are centered around the direct and indirect effects of Acropora cervicornis restoration in the Florida Keys and identifying the most effective experimental designs for restoration.

Dr. Juan Lopez -

Since 2009, Dr. Juan J. López has been the Assistant Director of the Research Office in the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida International University. Previously, he worked at FIU as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Science and as the Director of Research in the Latin American and Caribbean Center. Before moving to Miami, he taught in the Department of Political Science of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Latin American Studies of the University of Chicago. He has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago and is the author of a book by The Johns Hopkins University Press and a dozen articles and chapters. He was a Fellow in the Honors College at UIC and has received two awards for teaching excellence.

Dr. Rajamani Narayanan -

I am a faculty in the Department of Physics at Florida International University. I received my Ph.D in Physics from University of California, Davis. My research is in the general area of Theoretical Nuclear/Particle Physics. My current focus is on the study of non-abelian gauge theories coupled to fermionic matter in the limit of large number of color charges. My research is partially funded by the National Science Foundation.