Professional Development and Workshops

New Sessions


Informational Session: NSF CAREER

Thursday, March 27, 8:15-10:30amCAREER workshop
1117 UCC (map)

This session will feature panels of successful CAREER awardees and CAREER reviewers. The panelists will share their perspectives and take questions from the audience.

The session will also introduce applicants to on-campus resources, provide successful proposal examples, and share with tips from the NSF.

Register here for the NSF CAREER session


Workshop: The Craft of Scientific Presentations

Friday, April 18, 1:00-4:30pm
Sheraton Hotel, downtown Iowa City

All UI faculty and research staff are invited to a unique opportunity to hone their research communications skills in a workshop, “The Craft of Scientific Presentations,” delivered by TED speaker Melissa Marshall. Melissa will share effective strategies for structuring research presentations, rethinking the design of presentation slides, and analyzing the best delivery style.

A Senior Lecturer with the Department of Communication Arts & Sciences at Penn State University, Melissa Marshall is a crusader against bullet points and an evangelist for effective slide design in scientific presentations. She believes that the future depends on the innovations of scientists and engineers, and is passionate about helping them effectively tell the story of their work. She specializes in teaching speaking skills to engineering students and has also lectured at Harvard Medical School, the New York Academy of Sciences, Cornell University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The workshop is free but space is limited.
Register here.


NEH Office of Digital Humanities visit NEH logo

Monday-Tuesday, April 21-22
2520D UCC

The NEH ODH  visit presents an up-close opportunity to learn more about NEH ODH, its funding priorities and grant opportunities, and to meet and network with colleagues.  The agenda includes opportunities to participate in small group meetings, one-on-one consultations with NEH ODH, a networking lunch, and a lightning round of presentations about digital humanities projects in the Midwest.

Click here for more details and to register.


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On-going Sessions

Research Professional Development Series
The Research Professional Development Work Team is an active group whose purpose is to bring professional development opportunities to research staff. The team meets regularly to explore, plan and implement offerings that will expand the expertise and skill of research staff throughout campus.
These meetings, facilitated by the Grant Accounting Office and the Division of Sponsored Programs, are intended to improve communication and identify ways to improve business processes related to grant administration.
The Division of Sponsored Programs offers a variety of training opportunities for faculty, staff, and students involved in proposal submission and project management. 
The University of Iowa Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Human Subjects Office (HSO) offer a variety of training and educational opportunities for investigators, delegates and research team members. 
This weekly calendar of research seminars is maintained by the Medical Scientist Training Program.

Proposal Preparation Resources

Utilize the proposal preparation resources offered by The University of Iowa and by external sponsors in developing an application for external funding. Review examples of successful projects by searching sponsors' award databases. 
The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has as its goal the support and advancement of research, scholarship, and creative activity on our campus. Learn more about the resources available from the OVPR and other units across campus.
Research Development and Grant Writing Newsletter
The University of Iowa has an institutional subscription to Academic Research Funding Strategies' monthly electronic newsletter for faculty on how to compete successfully for research and education funding from federal agencies and foundations. HawkID/password required to log-in.