Available Workshops

You must have an MSU ID to register for the following seminars online. If you do not have a net ID and would like to attend, please call Lynn Taylor at 325-3168 or email ltaylor@research.msstate.edu to sign up

Seminar Series Brochure - Fall 2016

Seminar Series Brochure - Spring 2017

Seminar Series Brochure - Fall 2017



Office of the Vice President For Research and Economic Development
ORED Seminar Series

Peter Johnson, NIFA/USDA Program Officer - Register

Thursday September 21st 2017 at 1:00 pm

Location: Bost Theater

Presenters: Peter Johnson

Dr. Johnson will be connecting to MSU digitally and will broadly summarize AFRI and summarize specific NIFA competitive programs related to animal sciences and veterinary medicine. Other NIFA program …  Show more >

Dr. Johnson will be connecting to MSU digitally and will broadly summarize AFRI and summarize specific NIFA competitive programs related to animal sciences and veterinary medicine. Other NIFA program officers from across disciplines will speak to topics such as Plant Protection, Family and Consumer Sciences, Animal Production, Animal Health and Antimicrobial Resistance, Environmental Systems/Forestry/Hydrology, Human Nutrition/Food Chemistry, Agricultural Economics, Plant Production/Plant Yield and Quality/Crop Extension/Genetics. Additional time will be available for questions from the participants to the program officers. Show less

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Job Interview Etiquette: How to Get the Job! - Register

Tuesday September 26th 2017 at 3:30 pm

Location: Bost Theater

Presenters: Edie Marie Irvin

Etiquette, in general terms, is often defined as a code of “polite conduct and proper behavior”. It refers to the rules that indicate the “proper and polite way to behave” so as to avoid offen…  Show more >

Etiquette, in general terms, is often defined as a code of “polite conduct and proper behavior”. It refers to the rules that indicate the “proper and polite way to behave” so as to avoid offending or annoying other people. Job interview etiquette is no different. A successful job interview begins long before the initial meeting. Research, planning, effort and preparation must first take place prior to the first handshake. No matter the type of meeting (in person, telephone, over the internet, business meal, etc.) you need to make a positive and memorable impression. Because you want the job you have to impress the interviewer, not just with your skills, experience and other qualifications, but the overall package -- that is YOU. In this seminar we’ll help you identify ways that will make you stand out and appear confident and in control from your cover letter to your thank you note. Show less

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Funding Opportunities for International Students - Register

Wednesday October 18th 2017 at 3:00 pm

Location: Bost Theater

Presenters: Shauncey Hill

MSU’s International Institute will provide information pertaining to external funding where international students are eligible to apply. This will include searching for funding opportunities for re…  Show more >

MSU’s International Institute will provide information pertaining to external funding where international students are eligible to apply. This will include searching for funding opportunities for research and scholarly activities. Show less

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Cyber Security Landscape at MSU - Register

Thursday October 19th 2017 at 2:00 pm

Location: Fowlkes Auditorium,Colvard Student Union

Presenters: Thomas H. Ritter, John Andrew Hamilton Jr., Trey Breckenridge

During the session, a panel of Mississippi State information security experts will speak to the most critical issues and practices of information security and what is the Cyber Security Landscape at M…  Show more >

During the session, a panel of Mississippi State information security experts will speak to the most critical issues and practices of information security and what is the Cyber Security Landscape at MSU. Show less

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Proposal Preparation Roles and Responsibilities: It takes a Village - Register

Thursday October 26th 2017 at 3:00 pm

Location: Bost Theater

Presenters: Stephanie Timbrell Hyche, Justin Stidham

Preparing a grant proposal is a team effort. The Principal Investigator is the content and technical expert, yet federal regulations and agency and institutional policies and processes require the exp…  Show more >

Preparing a grant proposal is a team effort. The Principal Investigator is the content and technical expert, yet federal regulations and agency and institutional policies and processes require the expertise of departmental and central research administrators to ensure compliance and the successful, timely submission of the project. This program will explain, step-by-step, the many and varied tasks associated with preparation of a grant proposal and describe the specific roles and responsibilities of all parties involved with the development and submission of a proposal from the PI through the Authorized Organizational Representative. The program will also include a review of support services and other resources available to PIs and staff to help with the process of proposal development and submission. Show less

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Crafting the Winning Curriculum Vitae - Register

Monday October 30th 2017 at 2:00 pm

Location: Fowlkes Auditorium,Colvard Student Union

Presenters: Deborah Lee

The curriculum vitae (CV) is the document most often used during the academic job search and throughout an academic career. This workshop will provide strategies for developing a professional CV.

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Robbin Shoemaker, NIFA/USDA Program Officer - Register

Tuesday October 31st 2017 at 10:30 am

Location: Fowlkes Auditorium,Colvard Student Union

Presenters: Robbin Shoemaker

Dr. Robbin Shoemaker is the National Program Leader in the Division of Agricultural Systems with the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, US Dept. of Agriculture. Dr. Shoemaker is the National …  Show more >

Dr. Robbin Shoemaker is the National Program Leader in the Division of Agricultural Systems with the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, US Dept. of Agriculture. Dr. Shoemaker is the National Program Leader in Economics responsible for economic programs, the Policy Research Centers and exploring science policy theory and analysis. He will provide an overview of funding opportunities in this division of NIFA. He will also meet one-on-one with MSU faculty/researchers allowing you time to ‘pitch’ a proposal idea and receive immediate feedback. The one-on-one sessions will be on a 20 minute interval. Anyone wishing to participate with Dr. Shoemaker in a one-on-one session must contact Lynn Taylor in the ORED office (325-3168). Appointments will be made on a first come-first serve basis. Appointment times will run from 8:00 to 10:20 a.m. Show less

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Student Intellectual Property Rights – University Policy & Procedures - Register

Thursday November 2nd 2017 at 3:00 pm

Location: Fowlkes Auditorium,Colvard Student Union

Presenters: Jeremy Matthew Clay

Universities sometimes struggle to address IP related issues involving student inventors. This seminar will address challenging scenarios where students have created intellectual property. Confidentia…  Show more >

Universities sometimes struggle to address IP related issues involving student inventors. This seminar will address challenging scenarios where students have created intellectual property. Confidentiality agreements, university policies and IP rights agreements will be addressed as a way of working with students in an effective manner.

We’ll talk about issues such as:

• Assigning student ownerships when the student:

o Designs their own project, even though it is part of a class requirement (i.e. senior seminar class);

o Uses a project that is an extension of a faculty member’s research;

o Works on a project proposed by an industry sponsor.

• When are confidentiality agreements necessary for students?

• To what extent can students disclose their project if a confidentiality agreement has been signed?

• Internships: Should students’ IP rights be treated any differently if they were paid during their internship?

• Communication with students: How to ensure students understand university policies and practices that help to encourage entrepreneurship? Show less

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A Primer in Federal Funding and Appropriations for Institutional Research and Outreach - Register

Thursday November 9th 2017 at 3:00 pm

Location: Bost Theater

Presenters: Marty Fuller, Tyson Michael Elbert, Stephanie Timbrell Hyche

In today’s competitive and uncertain climate surrounding funding for long-standing federal programs, it is important for faculty and researchers to understand the procedures, policies, and politics …  Show more >

In today’s competitive and uncertain climate surrounding funding for long-standing federal programs, it is important for faculty and researchers to understand the procedures, policies, and politics affecting funding streams. This program will explore the processes through which agency priorities are established and funds appropriated, as well as describe the various factors influencing policy decisions. Presenters will share some “dos and don’ts” for PIs when it comes to public policy engagement concerning research and outreach funding sources, such as what is and isn’t appropriate as a representative of the institution. Show less

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How to be Competitive for Global/International Research - Register

Thursday November 16th 2017 at 3:00 pm

Location: Bost Theater

Presenters: Rick Harrison Nader

This workshop will cover how to be successful in winning competitive grants and contracts internationally. It is appropriate for faculty at all levels of proposal experience. Graduate students can b…  Show more >

This workshop will cover how to be successful in winning competitive grants and contracts internationally. It is appropriate for faculty at all levels of proposal experience. Graduate students can benefit as well if interested in working globally. Show less

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