Information Sessions

Each semester we offer 8–10, hour-long classes, which are designed to assist you with all areas of research development. Topics include budget planning, broader impact opportunities, supplementary documents, research compliance, and more. The schedule varies and is often updated a month prior to classes beginning. Sign up early as class space is limited.

Fall 2023

Finding Funding as a Grad Student

September 7th at 10:15 am — Virtual

Which federal and non-federal sponsors are interested in funding your idea? Learn the ins and outs of searching the Pivot database for funding opportunities specific to your area of research. ORAP Pivot expert, Emily Brashear, will help you set up notifications, track funding opportunities, find collaborators, and share opportunities with your coworkers.

Making Headlines: Promoting Research in the Media

September 28th at 1:30 pm — Virtual

Not all studies work well in the media, but some novel, impactful research can make big headlines, bringing important findings to a wide audience – if they’re presented in an accessible way. Join WSU Science Writer Sara Zaske for a short presentation on press releases followed by a Q&A discussion with a panel of journalists whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, NBCNews, Geekwire, Science Friday, and the New Scientist, among other outlets.

Introduction to Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer at WSU

October 3rd at 10:15 am — Virtual

Intellectual property (IP) protection and licensing can help turn creative endeavors and discoveries into impactful products and services to benefit the public and help sustain research.  In a session led by Eric Wannamaker of the Office of Commercialization, learn about IP and WSU policies and resources to promote innovation and technology based entrepreneurship.

Foundations of Community Engagement

October 26 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am — Virtual

Not sure where to start with community engagement? Staff from the WSU Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) present the basics, including how to identify and develop mutually beneficial relationships with community partners. The CCE maintains a database of 1000 community partners affiliated with Washington State University and can provide guidance in collaborating with partners to develop your community engaged research. 

Community Engaged Research Seed Grants

November 1, 10:30 am – 11:30 am — Virtual and in-person (WSU Pullman, Lighty 405)

Associate Vice President for Research Kim Christen introduces the new Community Engaged Research Program and seed grants available to faculty at WSU Pullman. Dr. Christen will discusses the whys and hows of community engaged research, the types of projects the grants are intended to fund, deadlines, and how to apply. This session will be of interest to faculty at WSU Pullman who do community engaged research or who are interested in getting started.

Preparing for Tribal Engagement in Research

November 8, 12:00 – 1:00 pm — Virtual

Dr. Ken Lokensgard, Co-Director of the Center for Native American Research & Collaborations (Native American Programs/Tribal Relations) provide dan overview of the things you should consider before submitting research protocols, requests for letters of support/collaboration, and grant proposals that involve working with Tribal partners.

It’s not a Pipeline Problem

November 14, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm — Virtual

Dr. Lisa Guerrero, Associate Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusive Excellence, discussed why we should think differently about the lack of diversity academia, particularly in STEM fields.

Spring 2024

More information to come.