Archives for November 9, 2015

Jan 5: 2016 NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop

Sponsored by the NSF Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, the 2016 NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop will be held on March 21 -22, 2016 in St. Louis, MO.  The workshop will be co-hosted by the Missouri University of Science and Technology and Kansas State University.  This workshop will cover the basics of CAREER proposal writing and review.  It will include presentations by NSF Program Officers and recent CAREER awardees, a mock panel review using actual awarded and declined CAREER proposals, and a feedback session where small groups will review and discuss the draft CAREER proposal project summaries that each participant prepared.  Participants will also have an opportunity to meet with current and previous NSF Program Officers.  The workshop will be hands-on, requiring that all participants read and review six CAREER proposals, actively participate in the mock panel reviews, which are designed as a realistic simulation of actual CAREER proposal review panels. Every participant is required to submit a project summary of their CAREER proposal as part of the application package.  Data from previous workshops suggest that the success rate of the participants is considerably higher than the overall NSF average.  Correspondingly, this workshop attracts far more applicants than we can admit (approximately 200 participants will be selected to attend this workshop), so early application is strongly recommended.  In order to provide sufficient time for these important sessions and to encourage networking among participants and facilitators, mealtime activities will be an important component of the agenda, and the workshop fee of $250 will be charged to help defray the cost of workshop meals and materials.

The application deadline is January 5, 2016. The application procedure and tentative agenda for the workshop can be found at:

Workshop organizers:

Ming Leu, Missouri University of Science and Technology,

Brad Kramer, Kansas State University,

NSF Coordinators:

George Hazelrigg, Deputy Division Director, CMMI,

Z.J. Pei, Program Director, MME/CMMI,

Nov 12: Engineering Entrepreneurship Presentation

Dear Colleague,

Dr. Delbert Day, Curators’ Professor Emeritus of Materials Science and Engineering at S&T, will be delivering an Engineering Entrepreneurship Presentation to our senior design students as follows:

Presenter: Dr. Delbert Day

Seminar: Want to be an Entrepreneur?

Time & Date: 12:30 p.m., Thursday, November 12, 2015

Place: Room 199 Toomey Hall

If you’ve not had the opportunity to hear him before, I hope you can take time out to hear his very inspiring talk.

With best regards, Ashok Midha

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