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Fall 2018 OGFA Workshops

All workshops are held in the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House (HSF) at 127 Honors Way. This building is also known colloquially as the "Chick-fil-A building." It is located to the southeast of Strozier Library, between Cawthon Hall and the William Johnston Building on Landis Green. Unless stated otherwise.


Personal statement lab for non-native english speakers

September 12 | 12:00-1:00pm | Hecht House Conf Room
Presenters:  Dr. Jennifer Grill and Dr. Maria B. Mendoza, EAP Program

In this session for non-native speakers of English, we will cover the vocabulary, phrases, and organizational patterns needed to draft a strong personal statement suited for various kinds of fellowship/award applications. Attendees will have an opportunity to submit a draft and schedule a consultation with EAP and OGFA staff on September 18 or October 1. Registration directions will be e-mailed to students who attend the session on September 12.  Space is limited.

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Crafting a Competitive Personal Statement

September 12 | 2:00-3:00pm | HSF 3009

Writing about yourself can be difficult. The Personal Statement is a very critical component in a fellowship application. In this session, Leah Sibbitt (the Career Center) will give tips and suggestions on how to craft and draft a competitive personal statement.

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funding your graduate education/database search

September 14 | 1:00-2:30pm | HSF Nancy Marcus Great Hall

Identifying prospective external fellowships and awards is the first step in the fellowship application process. In this interactive session, learn how to navigate the comprehensive funding database, Pivot. The goal is to conduct a funding search and create a fellowship action plan with your research, interests, needs, and a reasonable timeline in mind. Please bring your laptop or tablet.

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The Basics of Proposal Writing

September 19 | 11:00am-12:00pm | HSF Nancy Marcus Great Hall

Mike Mitchell (Office of Proposal Development) will facilitate a workshop focused on persuasive writing techniques for proposals. Topics include: introduction to proposal writing, essential points to address in the application, look fors in a winning proposal, and tips and strategies to support clear, concise, interesting and persuasive writing.

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funding your graduate education/database search

September 21 | 11:00am-12:00pm | HSF 3009

Identifying prospective external fellowships and awards is the first step in the fellowship application process. In this interactive session, learn how to navigate the comprehensive funding database, Pivot. The goal is to conduct a funding search and create a fellowship action plan with your research, interests, needs, and a reasonable timeline in mind. Please bring your laptop or tablet.

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Writing Well: techniques to maximize the success of Fellowship and grant applications

September 25 | 12:00-1:30pm | HSF 3009

Your ability to communicate your ideas in writing will directly impact your professional success, including obtaining grants and fellowships. Writing well is not exclusively a natural talent; it is a skill that anyone can develop and improve. In this workshop, we will discuss the characteristics of good writing (and bad writing) and teach specific stylistic, grammatical, and structural techniques that will increase the clarity, conciseness, cohesiveness, and coherence of your writing. Further, we will detail strategies for drafting and editing personal and research statements as part of competitive grant or fellowship applications, as well as cognitive techniques for maintaining your motivation to finish them.

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foreign/critical language study opportunities

September 26 | 1:00-2:00pm | HSF 3008

This workshop introduces opportunities to study particular languages overseas. We discuss opportunities for funding such study: the Critical Language Scholarship, DAAD, the Boren Fellowship, and others. We will provide an overview of awards and application processes and provide space for questions. Think outside the box when planning your graduate and future career!

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Writing the Curriculum Vitae (CV)/Resume

October 2 | 2:00-4:00pm | HSF 3009

Learn what to include and what not to include on your fellowship application CV or resume. Keeping your audience in mind, consider the mission and vision of the sponsoring agency. Leah Sibbitt (the Career Center) will offer valuable advice, tips, and strategies for writing an effective CV or resume.

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Funding your graduate education/database search

October 3 | 11:30am-12:30pm | HSF 3009

Identifying prospective external fellowships and awards is the first step in the fellowship application process. In this interactive session, learn how to navigate the comprehensive funding database, Pivot. The goal is to conduct a funding search and create a fellowship action plan with your research, interests, needs, and a reasonable timeline in mind. Please bring your laptop or tablet.

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Navigating grant resources at FSU

October 3 | 1:00-2:00pm | HSF 3008

Does your department have a Grants Office Administrator Come learn about grant resources on FSU’s campus for assisting grantees with navigating pre- and post-award administration for government-related (i.e., public) funds. Susan Fells (Sponsored Research Administration) will facilitate the workshop and answer any questions.

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Letters of Recommendation and Cover Letters

October 4 | 2:00pm-3:00pm | HSF 3009

Two key components of any fellowship/award are the letters of recommendation and the cover letter. Your cover letter is often your first impression. Letters of recommendation help paint a fuller picture of who you are as an applicant. Learn how to craft your cover letter and request letters of recommendation with Leah Sibbitt (Career Center).

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