Postdoc Skills Lunch: Writing Winning Proposals

Whether you are applying for an external grant, fellowship, or submitting a proposal to the LDRD program, communicating effectively is key to securing funding. Join us on February 17th as Dr. Fred Stafford, University of Chicago, will lead a workshop on writing winning proposals.

This workshop will help postdocs answer some fundamental questions about their research so you can better articulate:

  • What you want to do
  • Why it should be done
  • Why you should be the one to do it

We will cover fundamentals of writing, the meaning of excellence in research, giving and receiving feedback and a “think like a reviewer” exercise.

Participants will be provided the opportunity to sign up for future small group sessions focused on individuals actively writing proposals.

Date: Wednesday, February 17th

Time: Lunch at 11:45 AM; Program from Noon to 1:30 PM

Location: Building 446 Auditorium (Behind the APS)

Please reserve you seat through the Postdoc Program RSVP link.

In preparation for the workshop, please complete this brief exercise that asks you to consider the most important questions reviewers might ask. We will discuss the data during the “think like a reviewer” session of the workshop.

About the Speaker:

FredFred Stafford serves as a consultant for conceptualization and preparation of center-type, multi-disciplinary, multi-investigator, career development proposals, or graduate fellowship applications.

Fred came to the University of Chicago from the National Science Foundation where he spent 12 years as the founding program director for the Solid State Chemistry Program. A hallmark of this program is its cross-disciplinarity and collaborations. Prior to that, he spent 14 years on the chemistry faculty, and a member of the Materials Research Laboratory, of Northwestern University.

Fred received his Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley, and his A.B. from Cornell University. The French government has accorded him the rank of Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes Académiques. He has served as vice-chair of the board and chair of the Long Range Planning Committee of the Board for the Chicago Unit, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.

About Kristene Henne

Kristene “Tina” Henne is Argonne’s Postdoctoral Program Lead for the Argonne Leadership Institute. In this role, she facilitates the postdoc appointment process, postdoc career development, mentoring, advises the Postdoctoral Society of Argonne and serves as a navigator for postdoctoral issues.
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