AgBio Grant Writing Workshop Receives Rave Reviews

The MAES Preawards Office-sponsored "Write Winning Grants" workshop Dec. 16, 2008 received many positive reviews.

August 20, 2009

"Fantastic seminar!"

"Excellent program and presenter. Please repeat yearly!"

Very useful and practical."

"Extraordinary. As good as a seminar on grant writing could be.

Dr. Morrison was awesome! I felt like writing my first grant proposal today. Thank you."

These were just a few of the enthusiastic evaluations of the MAES Preawards Office-sponsored "Write Winning Grants" workshop Dec. 16, 2008. The sold-out workshop featured presenter David Morrison, of Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops, who addressed both the practical and conceptual aspects of successful proposal writing.

"Dr. Morrison is an outstanding presenter," said John Baker, MAES associate director. "He talked about some of the nuanced things that professors need to consider when writing grants but don't always think about, as well as grant-writing basics. Though the seminar is extremely valuable for new faculty members, senior faculty members that have participated find it very useful. The first one we held, in 2007, was open to MAES and College of Agriculture and Natural Resources faculty members, but participant feedback about the value of the seminar was so positive that we decided to offer it universitywide this year."

Morrison, who received a doctorate in molecular biology and biophysics from Yale and served as associate director of research at the University of Kansas Medical Cancer Center and director of medical research at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, is a member of multiple national review panels and advisory groups and has a long history of writing successful grant proposals. He discussed how to write proposals aimed at reviewers and how to identify the most appropriate granting agency. Workshop attendees had the option of purchasing workbooks devoted to the grant subtleties of specific federal agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the National Institutes of Health.

"This seminar will prove very useful to me in writing future grants," said James Pestka, MAES food science and human nutrition researcher and faculty trainer for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences training grant at the MSU Center for Integrative Toxicology. "It will also help me in training graduate and postdoctoral students."

"Among all the business and academic seminars I have attended, this is at the top of the list," said Richard Cole, chairperson of the Department of Advertising, Public Relations and Retailing. "Dr. Morrison is knowledgeable, sensitive to his audience, clear, patient and witty."

The next seminar is scheduled for Jan. 6, 2010. For more information, contact Candace Ebbinghaus at or 517-355-0123, ext. 112.

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