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Grant Peg AtKisson, Ph.D., some of your time.

It may pay off in grants.

Dr. AtKisson will speak on "Getting Started as a Successful Proposal Writer and Academician," a day-long seminar that will be held April 3 at the Durham Research Center. Dr. AtKisson holds a Ph.D., in neuroscience from the Tufts University School of Medicine.

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Peg AtKisson, Ph.D.

The seminar teaches new investigators how to write a grant application, offering insights to both junior and senior post-doctoral scholars - including both those who have never written a successful grant application and those who want to improve on their success.

"One of the main goals of the postdoctoral education office is to help our scholars towards independent careers in a timely fashion," said Iqbal Ahmad, Ph.D., director of postdoctoral education and research. "The grant writing workshop, which we offer every alternate year, is an indispensable training for those who are targeting academia for their career."

While at Tufts University, Dr. AtKisson made significant contributions to more than $140 million in funded grants, including proposal writing, grantsmanship support, team building and strategy design for all areas of research and scholarship. She began as a contract grant writer in 2001, and left Tufts as director of proposal development in 2010.

This workshop has been modified so that more time is allowed for questions and discussion, and materials are included (e.g., how priority scores are calculated, what facilities and administrative, or indirect, costs are, how to analyze a critique in anticipation of resubmission and other topics).

Dr. AtKisson also will discuss how proposal writing relates to building an academic career.

The seminar will be held April 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunch is not provided. The postdoctoral education office will provide each participant with a "Successful NIH Proposal" workbook, a $75 value, free for future reference. Please contact Giovanni Jones at 402-559-3662 for availability. Seating is limited to first 50 to register.


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