Posts Written by Beth Keithly


Tips for Better Self-Editing

July 11, 2017
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There are not a lot of people who enjoy editing their own work. And, because so often, as writers, we are writing against a deadline, we don’t give ourselves enough time to do a complete edit. A complete edit needs time. The longer you can be away from your writing, the more people you can… read more


Speaking Outside Your Field: Having an Attitude

June 20, 2017
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The first impression at a poster contest, as either the presenter or the listener, is a big deal. Granted, you have a lot of chances to make first impressions, but after spending some time listening at the Undergraduate Research Poster Contest, I saw some really bad and really good first impressions. Although, for the sake… read more


Know Your Sponsor

June 6, 2017
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My son and a team of fellow elementary students did an experiment for school to see how much the splash pattern grew when you increased the height you dropped a water balloon. They still don’t know the answer to that question because the kids didn’t get the balloons high enough to pop the balloons, let… read more




How to Contact Program Officers

December 13, 2016
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The role of a Program Officer (or Program Manager or Technical Point of Contact, depending on the sponsor) varies a lot between sponsors. For example, while it is extremely difficult to get Department of Defense funding without talking to the Program Officer, it is quite common to get funding from the National Institutes of Health… read more


Nine Questions to A Focused Proposal

November 22, 2016
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On more than one occasion, I have discussed how important it is to address the “who, what, when, where, and why” of your research project when writing a proposal. One way of addressing those issues in a very systematic manner is by using the Heilmeier Catechism. The Heilmeier Catechism (sometimes called The Heilmeier Criteria or… read more


DARPA Young Faculty Award

November 1, 2016
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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA) is designed to give researchers a good look at the challenges and needs of the Department of Defense (DoD) and national security as a whole. The purpose, like the other young faculty programs, is to give researchers the opportunity to build relationships and… read more


Outreach: Bringing Order to the List

September 20, 2016
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I suspect this conversation happens regularly: Grant proposal writer: I am writing a grant and I have to write an outreach section. Any tips on what I should put in? Writer’s colleague: You do a ton with the camps and departmental programming, so just list all of the stuff you do over the summer, and… read more