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

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Seminar Series Brochure - Fall 2017

Seminar Series Brochure - Spring 2018



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

Establishing, Monitoring, and Reporting Cost Share - Register

Tuesday February 20th 2018 at 3:30 pm

Location: Bost Theater

Presenters: Sandy Williamson

It’s no secret that the cost-sharing requirements of sponsors vary and some sponsors consider it necessary to obtain cost-sharing to ensure that the University has a commitment to the proposed proje…  Show more >

It’s no secret that the cost-sharing requirements of sponsors vary and some sponsors consider it necessary to obtain cost-sharing to ensure that the University has a commitment to the proposed project. This seminar will benefit Principal Investigators (PIs), business managers, accountants, and other people responsible for the cost sharing commitment that must be accounted for, tracked and cost sharing expenditures certified. Topics during the seminar include, but are not limited to:

• What is cost sharing;

• How does cost sharing play into the budget planning, to include third parties;

• Dept. sharing--break down of cost share;

• Who is responsible for cost share;

• Who signs off and when;

• Agency levels of cost sharing;

• Process/forms in establishing cost share accounts;

• Monitoring: Creating and maintaining spreadsheets/checklists related to the grant/account reconciliations. Show less

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Seats Left: 200

Tools for Creating and Designing Infographics for Proposals - Register

Wednesday February 28th 2018 at 3:00 pm

Location: ELI and Giles Computer Lab, Library

Presenters: Stephanie Waid Agnew

In this session, you will learn about free online software programs used to create impressive and easy to follow info-graphics. Advantages to using info-graphics in a proposal are the icons, charts, …  Show more >

In this session, you will learn about free online software programs used to create impressive and easy to follow info-graphics. Advantages to using info-graphics in a proposal are the icons, charts, images, illustrations and data visualizations are seen as separate objects and make telling your story simple and easy to follow visually. You will be able to display enormous amounts of content and easily condense it visually. Show less

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Building the Literature Review & Joining the Scholarly Conversation - Register

Wednesday March 7th 2018 at 1:30 pm

Location: Fowlkes Auditorium,Colvard Student Union

Presenters: Kayleigh Swisher Few, Nikolov Kolev, Jessica Ann Flowers

This workshop aims to familiarize students with the basic purpose and structure of literature reviews at the graduate level. Discussion will focus on methods of organization and incorporation of sourc…  Show more >

This workshop aims to familiarize students with the basic purpose and structure of literature reviews at the graduate level. Discussion will focus on methods of organization and incorporation of sources in order to assess current research surrounding a topic and find ways to contribute to this scholarly conversation. All are welcome, but information is especially geared toward those who have yet to begin the composition process. Show less

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Securing NEH Funding - Register

Tuesday March 20th 2018 at 9:30 am

Location: Bost Theater

Presenters: Daniel Sack

This National Endowment for the Humanities workshop will include an introduction and a general overview of Endowment programs and special initiatives. The second portion of the workshop will be devote…  Show more >

This National Endowment for the Humanities workshop will include an introduction and a general overview of Endowment programs and special initiatives. The second portion of the workshop will be devoted to specific criteria/strategies for writing competitive applications and better understanding the review process to include a mock peer review panel. A question and answer period should occur near the end of each session.

One-on-one meetings with the NEH program officer will be available in 20 minutes intervals. There will be sessions on the afternoon of March 19 as well as the morning of March 20. Anyone wishing to participate in a one-on-one session must contact Lynn Taylor in the ORED office by email (ltaylor@research.msstate.edu). Appointments will be made on a first come-first serve basis. Faculty wishing to meet with the program officer will be asked to submit a project abstract in advance of the meetings to Ms. Taylor who will gather all abstracts and send to the NEH PO. This allows the NEH PO to gather sample proposals, talk to colleagues, etc. and come to the meeting well informed. Show less

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Seats Left: 200

Letter Writing and Getting Funded - Register

Tuesday March 27th 2018 at 3:30 pm

Location: Fowlkes Auditorium,Colvard Student Union

Presenters: Kari Reeves

Do you know the difference in writing a 'letter of commitment' vs. ‘letter of support’ or sometimes a support letter takes the form of a formal partnership agreement known as a ‘memora…  Show more >

Do you know the difference in writing a 'letter of commitment' vs. ‘letter of support’ or sometimes a support letter takes the form of a formal partnership agreement known as a ‘memorandum of understanding’ (MOU)? There is no magic formula for writing a strong letter of commitment/support or an MOU. But there is the need to know the difference and how the letter/MOU will apply to your particular project or collaboration.

Participate in this seminar and gain the tips of writing succinct letters with the appropriate content, format, and tone that will add legitimacy and credibility to your application and demonstrate your capability to meet the project goals while impressing the funding agency and making them want to support your work. Show less

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Seats Left: 90

Effective Use of MSU Accounting Forms - Register

Wednesday April 11th 2018 at 1:30 pm

Location: Bost Theater

Presenters: TBA

Is a day in the office ever run-of-the-mill? If the answer is yes, then you must not be working in an office at Mississippi State University. On a good day maybe there will be only one or possibly t…  Show more >

Is a day in the office ever run-of-the-mill? If the answer is yes, then you must not be working in an office at Mississippi State University. On a good day maybe there will be only one or possibly two crisis assignments that need to be processed immediately, mainly because someone forgot to mention the need or “I want to do this and I want you to tell me how I can get this accomplished.” You first thought might be "this is impossible!" Your second thought could be "how do we do this and stay legal?" Your third thought might be "who can I call?"

You can make your accounting paperwork work for you, rather than you working for it. This discussion will present informational tidbits for accurately completing and processing MSU accounting forms (i.e., International Travel Requests, Summer Appointment Request Forms, Request for Additional Pay, etc.) that could be both helpful and informative from the Office of Research and Economic Development point of view. Show less

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Seats Left: 200

Scientific Misconduct vs. Questionable Research Practices: Where do the Twain Meet? - Register

Thursday April 12th 2018 at 3:30 pm

Location: Fowlkes Auditorium,Colvard Student Union

Presenters: Steven Goodman

Dr. Goodman will discuss how to create partnerships between universities, journals, and federal agencies to improve the way researchers conduct, report, and disseminate their finds to ensure integrity…  Show more >

Dr. Goodman will discuss how to create partnerships between universities, journals, and federal agencies to improve the way researchers conduct, report, and disseminate their finds to ensure integrity in research.

As the Vice-chair of the Methodology Committee of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), he leads their open science and data sharing efforts and is scientific advisor for the national Blue Cross-Blue Shield Technology Assessment Program. Since 1987, Dr. Goodman has also been a senior statistical editor of Annals of Internal Medicine. He has a strong interest in developing curricula and new models for teaching the foundations of good scientific practice, from question development to proper study design, conduct, analysis and inference. Show less

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More Than a Flower: Claim Your Digital Scholarship Using ORCID - Register

Tuesday April 17th 2018 at 4:00 pm

Location: Fowlkes Auditorium,Colvard Student Union

Presenters: Claudia Holland

Five years ago, ORCID, a non-profit organization, was created specifically to help researchers claim their digital scholarship through registration for a unique identifier. Why is an identifier necess…  Show more >

Five years ago, ORCID, a non-profit organization, was created specifically to help researchers claim their digital scholarship through registration for a unique identifier. Why is an identifier necessary, you might ask? If you have a common name, there may be other scholars writing articles and submitting grant proposals who could receive credit for your work. With an ORCID iD, you can easily disambiguate yourself from someone with the same or a similar name. However, you have complete control over data in your ORCID record—what you want to make public or keep private.

A growing number of publishers and funders are requiring researchers to report an ORCID when submitting a manuscript or grant proposal. Additionally other forms of work may be linked to using an ORCID, such as datasets, reviews, and other digital media. From a university perspective, ORCID records may be tied to a current research information system (CRIS) like Digital Measures, facilitating individual annual reports and aggregation of institution-wide scholarship.

Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops but it is not a requirement. Show less

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Seats Left: 90