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Full-Day Workshop on Persuasive Grant Writing Proposals

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Even experienced researches find funding proposals difficult to write. One challenge is that proposals present a Catch-22: Although reviewing proposals is the best way to learn to write them, only researchers who have successfully written them are invited to serve on review committees. A second challenge is that proposals require writers to establish both their authority and originality by writing about other people’s research, a task fraught with pitfalls that receive little explicit attention even in graduate school. In this day-long workshop, we’ll explore proposal writing from a novel and helpful perspective, that of scientific readers and reviewers. In the first part, we’ll discover the machinery of effective proposals by thinking like reviewers. How do the elements of proposals compare to those of other scientific documents? How do the various parts fit together and function? In the second part, we’ll strategize writing about the scientific literature with authority and integrity. How do writers distinguish their new ideas from those of others? How can they borrow authority from the field while simultaneously challenging the status quo? How much overlap is appropriate between previously published work and new proposals, or between the author’s text and that of colleagues? Along the way, we’ll dive deeply into citation practices, uncovering some problematic practices that are both common and troubling. Come prepared to listen, discuss, write, analyze, collaborate, and be surprised.

Judith Swan, Ph.D., is Associate Director for Writing in Science and Engineering at Princeton University, where she developed and oversees a writing program for graduate students and postdocs. Her research focuses on writing development during scientific training and on the ways language shapes the interpretation of emerging science. For over 25 years, she has taught writing to scientists and engineers at all levels of academia, industry and government; her workshops have been offered at institutions such as Rockefeller University, Columbia University, University of Michigan, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, Bristol Myers Squibb Corporation, Merck Pharmaceuticals, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Swan was trained in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Harvard and received her Ph.D. in Biology from MIT; she has taught composition at Princeton University, Duke University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

“In Praise of Technique” talk at TEDx Carnegie Mellon 2013

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pzjxYCwb08


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