Students will receive didactic training on the principles of the grant writing process. Students will be required to write specific aims for a grant proposal on a topic of the instructor’s choosing. A class on writing skills will help students form a clear and concise series of specific aims. A class on available citation databases and reference management techniques will guide students on effective literature searches and management of citations. The entire class will critique each set of specific aims in an interactive session. Thereafter, the student, working with his/her advisor if possible, will devise and write a research grant proposal using the format described below. During this time lectures will focus on specific topics relevant to grant writing. All will be encouraged to seek one-on-one assistance from participating statisticians while formulating the initial experimental design. Designated time outside of the classroom is required for each student to write a grant. The final grant will then be distributed to the entire class with advance time for the advisor, course instructors, and students to have time to read each grant, give feedback, and prepare questions. During the final weeks of the course, each student will defend their grant proposal in front of the class. Each student will be expected to explain to the class the formulated research question and the specific aims, and respond to questions and comments from the advisor, course instructors and other students. Throughout the course, case studies on responsible ethical conduct in research, including responsible peer-review, will be discussed to facilitate the student's’ development of ethical reasoning in research. Pre-Requisites: Enrolled in a doctoral program or by permission from course instructor. First class session: May 29; Last class session: July 31.
Enrolled in a doctoral program or by permission from course instructor.