The Dean's Conference room was packed with nearly 30 faculty, including half from the College of Engineering and the School of Computer Information Sciences, and half from the College of Arts & Sciences. There was strong agreement from participants that the session was very helpful, and that they were able to learn useful and new suggestions such as "ideas for funding," how to get "seed grants for preliminary data" and how to "submit joint proposals with other universities."
Workshop Moderator Kelly Rein, Chemistry & Biochemistry, said that "when she was a new assistant professor, one of the most helfpul things she did was to go to a workshop similar to this one. The most important thing she learned was that if you get negative reviews, the best thing to do is to put your emotions aside and figure out 'why' and 'what' the reviewers are trying to tell you in order for you to fix your proposal."
The session featured panelists Juan Lopez, CAS Research Office, Deron Burkpile, Biological Sciences and Rajamani Narayanan, Physics, who covered topics from the nuts and bolts of grant writing to reflections on getting an NSF grant.