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Center for Research for Underserved and Vulnerable Populations

FORS Research Colloquium Series
A Faculty Development Session

Open to all faculty, staff and students  (download flyer)

April 11, 2017
12:00 - 1:30 pm
541 Fisher Hall

J. Graham Thomas"Tips for Writing a Successful Grant Proposal: Getting the Specific Aims Right"

J. Graham Thomas, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Presentation Objectives:

  1. Discuss the purpose and function of the Specific Aims within an NIH grant proposal.
  2. Describe an systematic framework for organizing the structure and content of the Specific Aims, with the goals of addressing key NIH review criteria and maximizing reader comprehension.
  3. Apply the framework to one or more examples of funded NIH grants in order to enhance knowledge and competency in writing effective Specific Aims.

CEUs in Nursing available | Feel free to bring your lunch

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The Center for Research for Underserved and Vulnerable Populations is a forum for networking, exchanging information, and fostering innovation. The Center is committed to promoting University, community, regional, national and global partnerships to achieve excellence in nursing science.

Consistent with the mission of the SON and national priorities, overarching themes include:

  1. Using technology and informatics in research, education and patient care
  2. Addressing disparities and ethics in healthcare
  3. Interdisciplinary approaches to prevention and treatment

The Center is headed by Melissa Kalarchian, PhD, Associate Dean for Research in the School of Nursing.

Research Council

Faculty with a record of significant research funding are invited to join the Research Council, which provides oversight of initiatives related to research and scholarship in the SON. Current members include:

Alison M. Colbert, PhD, APRN

Sr. Rosemary Donley, PhD, APRN, FAAN

Linda Goodfellow PhD, RN

Joan Such Lockhart, PhD, RN, CORLN, AOCN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN

L. Kathleen Sekula, PhD, APRN, FAAN

Melanie Turk, PhD, MSN, RN

Rick Zoucha, PhD, APRN-BC, CTN-A

Major functions are to:

  1. Advise the Associate Dean for Research.
  2. Oversee implementation of the Strategic Plan for Research.
  3. Provide guidance and mentoring to research-active faculty.

Forum for Research and Scholarship (FORS)

The Forum for Research and Scholarship supports excellence in research and scholarship. It promotes the exchange of ideas and intellectual debate, as well as peer review of writing projects.

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