​STEM Fellowship Writing Workshop

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The STEM Fellowship Writing Workshop is offered to graduate students and postdocs in order to teach them proposal-writing skills, with the goal of applying to an appropriate fellowship or grant. The program is supported by the Graduate School, the Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University and has events on both the Medical School and Danforth campuses.
This workshop is for graduate students and postdocs who plan to apply to NIH F & K grants or private foundation fellowships.
The workshop consists of an initial seminar (please see dates below) consisting of information on NIH grant logistics, NIH grant 101, and a panel discussion and Q&A with faculty and postdocs with grants experience.
The second seminar in the workshop will be hosted by The Writing Center at Washington University and will focus on how to write personal statements and other essays for your applications. At this seminar, students can sign up for one-on-one sessions with writing mentors through The Writing Center to get help with their drafts.  Postdocs may have the opportunity of booking appointments with the Engineering Communication Center.
These information sessions lead up to the heart of the workshop: three small group mentoring sessions that will enable students to have a completed application for fall/winter application deadlines.  In these sessions, offered on both the Medical School and Danforth Campuses, skilled grant writers (faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and senior PhD students) will mentor students and postdocs in their grant-writing. Week one will focus on specific aims page and project summary. Week two will focus on biosketch, personal statement, and training plan.  Week three will focus on revision of all previous assignments.
Please note: In order to attend the Small Group Sessions you must attend both Seminar 1 and 2 and register for the small groups sessions. However, all are welcome to attend the first seminar without an obligation to attend the small group sessions.

Workshop Registration

The deadline to register for the small group mentoring sessions is September 30, 2016. Specific meeting times for groups will be announced after lecture sessions have concluded.


Workshop Schedule 

Seminar 1: “Grantsmanship and Grant Logistics”

Presented by Dr. John Russell and Dr. Adam Eggebrecht
Seminar 1 will be offered only once. It will be held on the Medical campus and video streamed live to the Danforth campus. You may attend at either location.

Medical Campus
Thursday, October 6, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Holden Auditorium, Farrell Learning and Teaching Center (FLTC)
Danforth Campus
Thursday, October 6, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Brauer Hall 12 – live video stream of seminar held on Medical campus


Seminar 2: "Writing Personal Statements"

Presented by Steve Pijut Director, Associate Director The Writing Center
Workshop participants should attend only one "Seminar 2" session. You may attend at either campus, no matter where you spend most of your lab time.
Medical Campus
Tuesday, October 11, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm
Holden Auditorium, Farrell Learning and Teaching Center (FLTC)
Danforth Campus
Thursday, October 13, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Brauer Hall 12


Small Group Mentoring Sessions

Small groups will be assigned after the lecture sessions have concluded. Your faculty mentor will inform you of the meeting dates, times, and locations. Small groups are likely to meet during the weeks of 10/31-11/4, 11/7-11/11, and 11/14-11/18.

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