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Grantsmanship for Students and Postdocs: F30, F31, F32

Grantsmanship for Students and Postdocs: F30, F31, F32

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The New York Academy of Sciences

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The ability to write successful research grants is now more important than ever, as university budgets are shrinking and external funding sources are becoming more and more competitive. Therefore, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and scientists should gain experience in this critical skill of successful grant writing early in their careers by applying for extramural funding, especially individual fellowships. Yet, grant writing is not necessarily a skill that is easy to learn without guidance and advice from those who have successfully applied for these type of grants. In fact, grant writing can be more difficult than the actual research proposed.

Join Science Alliance for "Grantsmanship for Graduate Students and Postdocs" to learn the skills for concise and persuasive writing that is not only vital in academia, but essential for any career path. During this evening seminar given by Dr. Jaime Rubin and follow up by a panel with recipients of these fellowships, we will focus on best practices for effective grant writing, specifically applied to individual pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowship applications in the biomedical fields.

During this seminar you will learn about:

  • Types of fellowships
  • Review criteria for fellowship applications
  • Key components of fellowship applications
  • Strategic approaches for competitive applications
  • Common but overlooked mistakes made by new investigators
  • Tips to increase your chances for success

Following the seminar, we will have a panel discussion with graduate students and postdocs who have successfully applied for various types of individual fellowships.


"(Dr. Rubin) was very good at explaining how to design a strong application."

"Hearing about how the various documents involved in a grant application can help or hurt the chance of being funded was helpful."

"Dr. Rubin gave an informative presentation on pre-doctoral and postdoctoral applications. She drew attention to non-major parts of the grant application that the applicants should be aware of, which was helpful. The panel of speakers with grants from various sector provided insightful suggestions and advice on applying to fellowships."

Registration Pricing

Member (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow)$20
Nonmember (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow)$25

This event will also be broadcast as a webinar; registration is required.

Please note: Transmission of presentations via the webinar is subject to individual consent by the speakers. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that every speaker's presentation will be broadcast in full via the webinar. To access all speakers' presentations in full, we invite you to attend the live event in New York City where possible.

Webinar Pricing

Member (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow)$10
Nonmember (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow)$20


* Presentation times are subject to change.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

6:00 PM

Grantsmanship presentation by Dr. Jaime Rubin

7:15 PM

Coffee Break

7:30 PM

Panel Discussion with Q&A

8:30 PM

Event Close


Yaihara Fortis-Santiago

The New York Academy of Sciences

Keynote Speaker

Jaime S. Rubin, PhD

Columbia University

Jaime S. Rubin, PhD, received a BS in physics sigma pi sigma in 1977 from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (New York, NY). She then received the MS and PhD degrees from the Ontario Cancer Institute / University of Toronto in 1980 and 1984, respectively. Her PhD thesis, published in the journal, Nature, described the first molecular identification and characterization of a human DNA repair gene. Since 1985, she has held a number of senior level positions at Columbia University's Medical Center, including Acting Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs, having served as the founding Director of the Office of Graduate Affairs, and Acting Associate Vice President / Acting Associate Dean for Research Administration, having served as one of the founders of the Office of Research Administration. She is currently the Vice Chair for Investigator Development in the Department of Medicine. All of these positions have allowed for the teaching and mentoring of junior investigators, including medical, public health, nursing, and graduate students, medical and dental residents, postdoctoral fellows and scientists, and assistant professors.

Dr. Rubin founded (in 1995) and continues to direct the graduate level course "Funding and Grantsmanship for Research and Career Development Activities" and served as the Associate Program Director for the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship Program, having helped develop and initiate this successful program at Columbia in 2000. She started and continues to co-direct the Medical Center's course on "Responsible Conduct of Research and Related Policy Issues." Other career development roles include serving as Associate Director for Career Development on a number of NIH-funded pre-doctoral and postdoctoral training grants, fellowships, and junior faculty career development awards, as well as an advisory board member of Columbia's Patient-Oriented Research (POR) Master of Science Program and CTSA (Education).


Katherine Xu

PhD Candidate, Department of Medicine/Nephrology, Columbia University

Katherine is a fifth year graduate student in the Nutritional and Metabolic Biology Doctoral Program at Columbia University Medical Center. She is carrying out her thesis research in the laboratory of Dr. Jonathan Barasch, studying the role of the kidney in iron balance during injury and infection. Her work is supported by the NIH/NIDDK Kirschstein NRSA F31 Fellowship. Katherine completed her undergraduate BS degree in Biology at Duke University, where she also carried out biomedical research in Nephrology. She then obtained her MS degree in Human Nutrition at Columbia University before entering the doctoral program.

Maomao Zhang, PhD

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Maomao Zhang is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she studies how the tumor microenvironment promotes tumor progression using zebrafish as a model system. She completed her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied cell biology and embryonic development. Her love of science and research first started as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, where she worked in a breast cancer lab to characterize the transcriptional regulation of estrogen receptors.

Margaret E. Warren

PhD Candidate, Department of Genetics & Development, Columbia University

Margaret is a third year graduate student in the Genetics & Development Doctoral program at Columbia University. Her thesis research is being performed in the laboratory of Professor Boris Reizis. One of the primary goals of her research is to further our understanding of the role that dendritic cells play in immunity and human pathology. This work will be supported by the Kirschstein-NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (F31) at the National Institutes of Health. Prior to pursuing a doctoral degree, Margaret earned a BS in biology at Rutgers University Newark College of Arts and Sciences. In 2012, she completed a Master's in Business and Science degree at the Graduate School of Rutgers University supported by a National Science Foundation's fellowship.

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