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The Office of Research Development (ORD) is offering a 2019 CAREER Award Prep Series designed to assist you with assembling an effective proposal and sustaining preparation effort. The series of monthly workshops, listed below, will address best practices for developing the essential components of a proposal, provide in-depth conceptual and writing review to support compelling submissions, and address any specific participant requests in the course of the series.

Our first event will be a presentation and discussion about how to think about applying for a CAREER award, to be held on Friday, February 1, 2019 on the Medford campus:

Perspectives on the NSF CAREER: A Conversation with Diane Souvaine and Xioacheng Jiang

Diane Souvaine, Professor of Computer Science and senior advisor to the provost, and Xioacheng Jiang, Professor of and 2017 CAREER Awardee will share their expertise and experience on considerations around applying for a CAREER Award. Content will be driven by their experience and your questions, but discussion topics can include the pros and cons of applying for the CAREER, framing the scope of research, developing a well-integrated education plan, responding to critiques, and connecting with outreach and education resources both at Tufts and beyond. ORD staff will be available afterwards for questions about the resources/support from our office.

Please register for this event by completing this survey no later than January 24, 2019.

The Spring 2019 Workshop Series sessions will be held at the beginning of each month with a focus on:

March – The Education Plan: Objectives and Community Resources

April – Page One Peer Review, Lightning Talks, and Preparing for the Program Officer

May – Writing and Assessment

June – Mock Review with past Awardees

Questions? Feel free to reach out to Susan Lewis at or Anna Dalby at