Student-Organized Event: How to Write Effective Research Proposals and Grants Applications in Science

Wednesday, November 30
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Hynes, Level 3, Ballroom C

Sign up early; space is limited.
Register by November 22

Seth MarderSeth Marder, Georgia Institute of Technology
How to Write Effective Research Proposals and Grants Applications in Science

In this session, Marder will engage the audience in a discussion about the essential steps and strategies employed to help researchers write effective proposals. Attendees will identify the key elements of a proposal, including introductions—that will provide the context for their work (including a literature review)—as well as a clear statement of the research problem. Marder will also describe how to effectively use figures that capture the main goals of a proposal, thus making it easier for the reader to quickly understand both what you are attempting to accomplish and why you are attempting to do so. Finally, participants will learn about the mechanics of a proposal, which do not specifically indicate a “winning” proposal, but if not done properly can significantly decrease the probability of a proposal being successful.

About Seth Marder

Seth Marder is currently the Georgia Power Chair of Energy Efficiency and Regents’ Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering (courtesy) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed papers—with over 27,000 citations—and has edited several proceedings and books including two Special Volumes of Advances in Polymer Science:  Photoresponsive Polymers.

Among his recognitions and awards, Marder was the 1993 recipient of JPL’s Lew Allen Award for outstanding research by a scientist in the early part of his career, a recipient of an NSF Special Creativity Award, the ACS Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, and Georgia Tech Outstanding Faculty Research Author. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Optical Society of America, SPIE, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the American Physical Society and was elected Fellow of the Materials Research Society in 2014.

Among his advisory roles, he was the Chair of the Materials and Chemistry Subcommittee of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Emerging Technologies and Research Advisory Committee. Marder holds over 30 patents, many of which have been licensed and form the basis for three startup companies he co-founded, two of which have been sold to a Fortune 500 Company.