Wayne State University

Research & Academic Development Seminar Series

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Office of the Provost are pleased to offer the Research and Academic Development seminar series, a FREE research/academic career-development seminar series for WSU faculty, chairs and directors, postdoctoral trainees and graduate students, and administrators. All seminars are posted at events.wayne.edu and are free!

Below is a list of current seminars and past seminars.  We would be delighted to provide you with a copy of handouts (if any) distributed at a seminar upon your request.

We hope you can join us for these valuable seminars! For more information about our R&A Development seminars, please contact Mary Serowik at mserowik@wayne.edu or 313-577-5671.


2017-2018 Seminars

  • Mentoring: Why you should have a mentor...why you should be a mentor (Oct. 19, 2017)
  • NIH Policy on rigor & reproducibility (Nov. 14, 2017)
  • Journals' response to NIH policy on rigor & reproducibility (Dec. 7, 2017)
  • Promotion & Tenure - Medical Campus (Jan., 2018)
  • Promotion & Tenure - Main Campus (Feb., 2018)
  • Prospect Research - Hands-on guidance to finding foundation funding (April, 2018)

2016-2017 Seminars

  • Strategies for Navigating the DOD for Successful Funding
  • Predatory Journals
  • Promotion & Tenure at WSU:  Policies and Advice – SOM
  • Promotion & Tenure at WSU:  Policies and Advice – Main campus
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • NIH Policy on Rigor & Reproducibility

2015-2016 Seminars

  • Internal Funding Across the Campus – Main campus
  • Internal Funding Across the Campus (SOM)
  • Insights for Successful Foundation Funding  - Main Campus
  • Insights for Successful Foundation Funding  -  SOM
  • Working with Program Officers – NIH & NSF
  • Promotion & Tenure at WSU:  Policies and Advice – SOM
  • Promotion & Tenure at WSU:  Policies and Advice – Main Campus
  • Peer Review at the NIH:  Through the Lens of a Mock Study Section
  • Building Dynamic Research Teams

2014-2015 Seminars

  • Internal Funding Across the Campus
  • Internal Funding Across the Campus -  SOM
  • Insights for Successful Foundation Funding 
  • Developing a Budget for your Grant Proposals
  • Qualities of a good Interdisciplinary/Team Science Leader
  • How to write your Personal Statement
  • How to find Funding in the Arts & Humanities
  • How to Develop Teaching Portfolios
  • Mid-Career Challenges; How to Advance your Career
  • Conflict Management
  • Models of Interdiscipinary Team Science

2013-2014 Seminars

  • Research Information Fair
  • Preparing to Submit a Proposal? Learn How!
  • Building Research Teams and Developing Collegial Environments
  • What do Journal Editors Look For?
  • Developing a Data Management Plan and Ensuring Secure Data Access
  • Promotion and Tenure at WSU: Policies, Processes and Advice
  • Online Resources for Team Science
  • Developing Evaluations for Research and Training Grants
  • Communicating Your Research and Scholarship to a Broad Audience

2012-2013 Seminars

  • Strategies for Winning Internal Funding & Awards: WSU Support for Research & Training
  • What To Do as a New Faculty Member
  • The How, When, Where, and Why of Patenting
  • Subcontracts, Cost Sharing and More
  • How to Prepare a Proposal for NIH Loan Repayment
  • How to Write and Interpret Scientific Reviews of Grant Proposals
  • What are University Cores and How Are They Assessed?
  • Now What Do I Say? What Can I Say? How to Handle Difficult Interactions
  • Technology Commercialization I: Qualifying for Federal Funding from SBIR/STTR Programs
  • Technology Commercialization II: Patents, Products and Patients
  • Community Engagement: Mutual Benefits for the Community and the University
  • Career Planning Across the Academic Life Span
  • Promotion and Tenure at WSU: Policies and Advice -
  • Special PAD Seminar: Making Interdisciplinary Research and Education Successful: Creating Research Collaborators and Changing Institutional Cultures
  • Special Pad Seminar: Strategies for Handling Challenges in Team Science and Interdisciplinary Research
  • What do Researchers Need to Know About Cyber-infrastructure and IT Resources at Wayne State?
  • How to Develop and Maintain a Research Lab
  • Navigating Interdisciplinary Careers
  • The New Federal Regulations for Conflict of Interest Reporting

2011 - 2012 Seminars

  • NIH and NSF Career Award Advice from WSU Recipients & Reviewers
  • Strategies for Winning Internal Funding & Awards: WSU Support for Research & Training
  • Corporate and Foundation Relations: Obtaining Funding in the Sciences, Arts & Humanities
  • Indirect Costs Explained
  • How to Mentor Graduate Students
  • Communicating Your Research and Scholarship to Multiple Audiences
  • Externally Funded Graduate Fellowships: Processes and Benefits
  • Collaborative Research Opportunities with Henry Ford Health System:  Bones, Brains, Blood Pressure and Beyond
  • Team Science and Interdisciplinarity:  First Steps
  • How to Run a Departmental Mock Study Section
  • Promotion and Tenure at WSU:  Policies and Advice
  • How to be a Great Graduate Program Director
  • Communicating Effectively in the Academy:  Techniques from Theatre to Enhance Understanding and Build Relationships
  • Career Pathways for Graduate Students and Post-Docs
  • How to Qualify for NIH Small Business Innovation and Technology Transfer Grants (SBIR, STTR)
  • Where to Find Help Negotiating the Rules and Regulations Governing Research

2010 – 2011 Seminars:

  • Strategies for Winning Internal Funding & Awards: WSU Support for Research & Training
  • How to Develop and Maintain a Research Lab
  • How to Succeed as a New Faculty Member
  • Grant Writing in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • Preparing a Budget for your Grant Proposal
  • What Will Happen when the ARRA Funding Stops?
  • Mid-Career Success: Effective Use of Sabbaticals and Career Development Awards
  • Core Facilities: Specialized Research Resources
  • Achieving Promotion & Tenure at WSU: Policies and Advice
  • Do's and Don'ts of Mentoring Faculty
  • Effort Reporting
  • Demystifying the Review Process:  My Experience as a Grant Reviewer
  • Finding a Balance: Managing Your Work and Life Responsibilities
  • Working with Industry: Why Collaborations are Important
  • Useful Tips on Meeting Regulatory Requirements for Research at WSU

2009-2010 Seminars:

  • Strategies for Winning Internal Funding & Awards: WSU Support for Research & Teaching
  • How to Obtain Foundation Funding in the Sciences, Arts & Humanities
  • How to Have a Successful Mentoring Relationship: Cultivating Professional Networks
  • Core Research Facilities at WSU
  • Research to Innovation: New Pathways for Faculty Members
  • Rejuvenating Your Research Program: Learning and Implementing New Ideas and Techniques
  • Research Education: Teaching and Learning through Research in the Laboratory
  • Preparing and Submitting an External Grant Proposal Step by Step
  • WSU Research Administration: A New Day
  • Overview of Research Integrity Programs at Wayne State University
  • How to Communicate Your Research Beyond Academia
  • The Tenure Process and Promotion to Associate Professor at WSU
  • Intra- and Inter-Institutional Research Collaborations
  • Mock Study Section at the NSF and NIH
  • Epidemiology Expertise Across the Campuses
  • Beyond Academia: What are Career Opportunities in Biomedical Science?

2008-2009 Seminars

  • Submitting Your NIH Grant Proposal
  • The NSF Review Process
  • The Tenure Process & Helpful Tips for Achieving Promotion & Tenure @ WSU
  • Strategies for Winning Internal Funding & Awards: WSU Support for Research & Teaching
  • How to Obtain Foundation Funding in the Sciences, Arts & Humanities
  • Successfully Transitioning from Student to Faculty
  • The Budgeting Process: Developing, Maintaining and Making Appropriate Expenditures
  • How to Get Published: Tips from the Editors
  • Expanding your Research
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Top Ten Reasons to Befriend your Sponsored Program Administration Office
  • Setting expectations in Graduate Education
  • Transforming Ideas into Reality
  • Helpful Tips for Communicating with the Media
  • Establishing Community Based Research Programs
  • Time Management
  • The Federal Earmark Process
  • Key Elements of Research Compliance

2007-2008 Seminars

  • Helpful Tips on Achieving Promotion and Tenure at WSU
  • WSU's Promotion and Tenure Process Step-by-Step
  • Roles and Expectations in Mentoring Relationships
  • What Makes a Good Mentor?
  • How to Start UP and Run a Lab
  • Key Elements of Research Compliance
  • Working with Sponsored Program Administration – Pre-Award
  • A View into the NIH Review Process