After a recent workshop a biologist indicated
she was unaware of the need to write detailed
research proposals as part of her application
package for a PUI.
The Preparation for life after graduation workshop
briefly covers this in the comparison between
resumes and CVs and in the academic interview
portions. She sent a question, asking for more details.
She was complimented on following up the
workshop and sincerely asking her question.
It showed she realized the importance of sending
thank you notes and how she could use this
to proactively “grow” her career.
The response was three-fold. This level of
detail is not usually part of PfLAGS. Research
proposals are part of ACS workshop programs.
So, she was sent an appropriate power point.
The professional point here is that she should
find professional societies that provide for her
professional needs. There are many biologists
in the ACS, specifically because of the services
available to members. Consider joining.
Then, consider attending an ACS conference.
At each national meeting (next one is in Denver)
there is usually a detailed workshop presented
by a proposal reviewer about research proposals.
Now, isn’t that convenient!
Third place, consider speaking with faculty
at her current university and asking if she can
learn about how they deal with the research
proposal process. Ask to read accepted and
postponed/rejected proposals. Ask to be part
of proposal writing at an appropriate point in
her graduate studies. Specifically consider
speaking with recently hired faculty.
On a related topic, at national ACS meetings
attendees can participate and attend poster
sessions the AEI- the academic employment
initiative, where people seeking academic
positions present posters on their work and
meet with a number of faculty members
doing screening interviews for filling faculty