Workshop: Writing Winning GAANN Proposals, Part 1

Is your departmental discipline an area of national need? If so, an infusion of high paying graduate fellowships could strengthen, revitalize, and broaden your graduate program.

Date:            Monday, September 26
Time:            4PM – 5PM
Place:           Yerby Center
Speaker:       Gerard Buskes

About GAANN: The U.S. Department of Education’s Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN ) Program provides fellowships to assist graduate students with excellent records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree available in a field designated as an area of national need, including: biology; chemistry; computer and information sciences; engineering; mathematics; nursing; physics; and educational assessment, evaluation and research.

About the Workshop: This initial workshop is designed to provide an overview of the GAANN program, to share useful grant-writing approaches and common mistakes, and to encourage departments to begin assembling supporting data and building the general contours of a departmental or interdisciplinary proposal. Once the solicitation for the next GAANN competition is announced in the coming months, we will schedule a follow-up workshop to address the specifics of the solicitation, and to outline approaches and common resources for developing these foundations into full, competitive proposals.

About the Speaker: Gerard Buskes, UM Professor of Mathematics, has a unique experience and perspective from which to provide advice, reviews, and assistance to UM faculty who wish to develop their own GAANN proposals. Not only has Dr. Buskes been a multiple-year GAANN program reviewer with the Dept. of ED, he has, with invaluable expertise from Dr. Don Cole as co-PI, served as PI on three GAANN awards here at the University of Mississippi—awards that have supported 24 students, with 13 Ph.D.s  and 4 Masters Degrees awarded to date, and 6 students still in the pipeline.

If You Plan to Attend: Advanced reservations are not required for this presentation and walk-ins are welcome. However, since light refreshments may be provided, if you think you may attend, please e-mail so that we can order enough coffee, etc. If you would like to include questions about the GAANN program in your e-mail, we will try to have answers ready for the workshop.

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