NSF Career Writing Workshop

Project: Research project

Description

A workshop on writing successful NSF CAREER Proposals will be organized on May 18th, 2012 near Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. The objective of this workshop is to bring together experienced proposal writers, program directors from NSF, and young faculty to help them gain the knowledge necessary to turn their visionary ideas into successful CAREER proposals and jumpstart a successful career in their domain. While many bright individuals start their academic careers eagerly, beaming with new ideas, one skill they typically lack is the knowhow to turn these ideas into a proposal that will be peer-reviewed and judged from many angles. Gaining this skill to communicate complex and revolutionary ideas in 15 pages to many people with potentially diverse backgrounds is very important in the success of a young faculty member. This one-day workshop will include talks from recent awardees, NSF program directors, and mock panels to expose young faculty to the thought process of not only successful proposal writers, but also the panelists, which is an important insight. Unfortunately, by the time young faculty submit their CAREER proposals, they typically have not been involved in such panels, and do not have this experience when the table is turned. This workshop will address this issue by giving the attendees the chance to participate in a panel and observe the thought process of other panelists. In addition, this workshop will provide the attendees with a chance to talk to their program directors, and understand better how their ideas fit within the given program. A concerted effort will be made to recruit and help more faculty members from minority and underrepresented groups (such as African American, Hispanic, American Indian/Alaskan Native faculty members) to attend and learn from this workshop. As such groups have a disadvantage in terms of networking and/or mentorship, this workshop will aim to fill in this gap and increase the competitiveness of young faculty from these groups.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date5/15/124/30/13

Funding

  • National Science Foundation (NSF): $39,610.00

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