A limited number of spots are reserved in the Fall 2023 course, "493A/593A Professional in STEM" for undergraduates who are interested in pursuing graduate school. This course is designed to provide a framework for students who are conducting active research in the biological sciences to write a graduate fellowship.
About the Class
The goal of this class is to produce a fellowship application suitable for submission to the NSF predoctoral fellowship program (https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6201) or similar funding opportunity. This course is suitable for first-year graduate students from STEM backgrounds who could submit these fellowships in the Fall of 2024. Advanced graduate students will also benefit from this course through constructive comments and revision of their proposals. This course will count towards professional development and will cover other aspects of grant writing that is not included in the NSF fellowship including budgets, personal justification, data management, broader impacts, facilities, and other funding sources. Other products generated during this course will include CVs, Google Scholar pages, ResearchGate profiles, ORCiDs, and Twitter accounts. Students will also practice conveying their research through oral and written presentations aimed at different audiences.
At the completion of this course, a student should be able to:
- Prepare a suitable fellowship to a funding agency
- Be able to concisely convey their research to different audiences and in different formats
- Construct a professional persona with accompanying materials
- Critically evaluate primary literature