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August 31, 2015



Workshops and training help faculty and grad students find funding, communicate with industry, understand intellectual property and more

By Sarah Hancock

Need guidance on graduate fellowship processes? Want to market your research to industry but need to understand how to market yourself and navigate intellectual property issues? Interested in learning more about National Science Foundation CAREER awards?

The Office of the Vice President for Research, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the Graduate School and others collaborate to offer excellent professional development sessions that meet these and other needs. Read the list below and bookmark the ORSP events calendar for additional events later in the year.

Faculty Development Awards and University Small Research Grants Information Sessions will be from 3:30-5 p.m. Sept. 1 and Sept. 14 in Room 209 at the K-State Student Union.

Attend a session to hear about significant changes to this semester's application and review process based on input from the FDA/USRG Focus Group.

Graduate Fellowship Information Session will be from 3-5 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Alumni Center's Purple Pride Room.

Learn about key graduate fellowship programs such as the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, or NSF GRFP; the Department of Defense Science and Mathematics Research for Transformation, or SMART, and National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship, or NDSEF; and the Environmental Protection Agency's STAR Fellowship. Students who hold one of these fellowships will discuss their application experience.

Deeper Dive: NSF GRFP will be from 3:30-5 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Alumni Center's Lecture Room

This session will take an in-depth look at the requirements for an NSF GFRP submission. A panel of faculty members who have served on review panels for this program will provide advice that you will not find in this program's request for proposals. Students will have an opportunity to talk about their research ideas with the panel. Don’t miss this session if you are serious about submitting to this program!

Working With Industry Workshop: Build your Brand session will be from 3:30-5 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Alumni Center Ballroom.

Marketing your research capabilities or results requires building your brand and sharpening communication skills. This workshop will help you hone your messages, prepare to share them with industry, and develop a basic outreach plan. Internal and external experts will kick off and conclude the session with tips and a rundown of available resources and will lead small group work sessions and provide feedback in between. Brief worksheets will be provided for you to complete in advance. Register here.

Extension, National Science Foundation, and Broader Impacts will be from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Alumni Center's Purple Pride Room

Did you know that K-State Research and Extension and 4-H have well established outreach and informal education programs that can help meet the National Science Foundation's broader impact requirements even if your project has nothing to do with agriculture? Did you know that NSF will fund certain Extension activities under its informal education programs? Presentations by NSF Project Managers and Extension practitioners will explain how these key land-grant university programs can be an asset in NSF submissions.

Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Intro to the Department of Defense and Broad Agency Announcements will be from 3:30-5 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Alumni Center Purple Pride Room.

This session is a discussion of opportunities to work with the Department of Defense for "scientific study and experimentation directed toward advancing the state-of-the-art or increasing knowledge or understanding." The session will broaden understanding and awareness of basic and applied research that aligns traditional and non-traditional interest areas, expertise, and research focus with the needs of organizations within DOD.

Working with Industry Workshop: Navigating Intellectual Property will be from 3:30-5 p.m. Nov. 2, in the Alumni Center Ballroom.

Discussions between a not-for-profit research institution and a potential for-profit corporate partner can feel like a difficult topic to approach, but that doesn’t have to be the case if faculty are appropriately equipped. Avoid the potential intellectual property minefield and learn more about how these interactions can benefit faculty both professionally and personally. This session builds on the concepts presented during the Spring 2015 Working With Industry Boot Camp to provide a deeper understanding of the university's intellectual property policy and how the patenting and technology transfer process works. Presenters will discuss specific intellectual property terms commonly found in industry contracts and provide sample scenarios. Register here.

National Science Foundation CAREER Information Session will be from 3-5 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Alumni Center Ballroom.

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is NSF's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar. This session will start with a brief presentation about this program and the requirements for submission, then a panel of previous Kansas State University CAREER awardees will discuss their experience.