University of Southern California

Research

Workshops & Training

ONLINE TRAINING, COURSES AND CERTIFICATIONS

Mandatory Training for Funded Investigators

All investigators funded by an externally sponsored project must complete grants management training, as explained here.

Research Training Finder

A search tool has been developed for USC faculty, PIs, postdocs, students, research staff and lab technicians. This tool is a comprehensive matrix for training courses that are required and suggested for University research compliance.

Orientation to Clinical Research at USC

This online course provides faculty, staff and students with an overview of the processes, committees and departments that clinical investigators work with throughout the submission, review, approval and conduct of human subject studies or clinical trials at USC.

The full guide to clinical research at USC is available here. A Quick Guide is also available.

Center for Excellence in Research (CER) Workshops and Training

CER organizes a series of workshops for university researchers. These courses, are designed to provide researchers across all fields of study with specialized skills and knowledge in seeking funding from government, foundation, and corporate organizations as well as a variety of other topics.

A full calendar of events are listed below, or you can download the CER Spring 2018 Calendar.

SPRING 2018 WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES AVAILABLE

Course Registration

To register, please RSVP at least one week prior to the first class via email, indicating the course(s) you are attending, to usccer@usc.edu. For information about workshops, contact the office at 213-740-6709.

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April

SPRING 2018 WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES DESCRIPTIONS

January

Diversity – Engaging Communities in Participatory Research to Eliminate Health Disparities
Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, Associate Dean for Community Initiatives

Session will provide a model and guiding principles for the development, implementation and evaluation of community-based participatory research focusing on eliminating health disparities.
Target Audience: All levels of faculty & postdocs
January 22, 2018 | 12 – 2 PM | HSC BCC

Diversity – Diversity in Human Subjects Research
Kristin Craun, Director of UPIRB; Thomas Buchanan, Vice Dean for Research, KSOM & Faculty Panel

Learn how to recruit diverse research populations and the importance of racial/ethnic diversity in clinical/biomedical and social-behavioral advances.
Target Audience: All levels of faculty & postdocs
January 22, 2018 | 2 – 4 PM | HSC BCC

Diversity – Engaging in Effective Dialogue on Power and Oppression
Jeremy Goldbach, Assistant Professor of Social Work & Riana Anderson, Assistant Professor of Social Work

Learn basic strategies and activities to improve your skills for engaging in conversations about power and oppression in the workplace while ensuring safety.
Target Audience: All levels of faculty & postdocs
January 23, 2018 | 11 – 1 PM | UPC Rosen Family Screening Theater

Diversity – Bias, Fairness and Justice: Are Algorithms the Solution or the Problem
Jonathan Gratch, Director of Virtual Human Research

Discuss how algorithms hold the potential to promote fairness and social justice but too often serve to institution human biases and stereotypes.
Target Audience: All levels of faculty & postdocs
January 23, 2018 | 1 – 2 PM | UPC Rosen Family Screening Theater

Diversity – Using AI for Social Good: Key Research Challenges, Applications, and Results
Milind Tambe, Co-Director of CAIS and Professor in Engineering, VSoE

Discuss the goals of CAIS (USC Center for AI in Society) and three areas of ongoing work: AI for assisting low-resource communities, AI for public safety and security, and AI for conservation.
Target Audience: All levels of faculty & postdocs
January 23, 2018 | 2 – 4 PM | UPC Rosen Family Screening Theater

February

Research Development – How to Conduct Qualitative Research Studies Using the Grounded Theory Method
Ellen Olshansky, Chair and Professor of Nursing & Charles Kaplan, Associate Dean of Research, School of Social Work

Seminar on how to formulate a research question, including steps in data collection and analysis. Some NVivo and Atlas.ti training and relationship to grounded theory method.
Target Audience: All levels of faculty & postdocs
February 1, 2018 | 10 – 1 PM | UPC CUB 329

Funding – Developing Funded Research Programs
Randolph Hall, Vice President of Research

Learn the proposal process, including identifying funding resources, building relationships
with funding agencies and targeting research capabilities.
Target Audience: Junior faculty & postdocs
February 7, 2018 | 12 – 2 PM | UPC CUB 329

Proposal Development – Writing Winning Proposals
Bonnie Lund, Professional Grant Writer and Owner of The Writing Company

This 3-session workshop helps you develop a proposal using a step-by-step process that includes analyzing the RFP and audience, outlining the argument, writing a quick draft, and revising draft for persuasive appeal. The sessions also include peer reviews of your work in progress.
Target Audience: Faculty who are currently writing or resubmitting a proposal
February 8, 2018 | 4 – 6 PM | HSC NML East
February 22, 2018 | 4 – 6 PM | HSC NML East
March 8, 2018 | 4 – 6 PM | HSC NML East

Research Development – Reproducible Research, Open Science & Digital Scholarship: Learn to Write Scientific Papers of the Future
Yolanda Gil, Director of Knowledge Technologies, ISI & Daniel Garijo, Postdoctoral Researcher, ISI

Discuss modern ways to practice open and reproducible science, get credit for research products, increase paper citations, augment vitae with data and software, write compelling Data Management Plans for proposals and comply with new funder and journal requirements.
Target Audience: All levels of faculty & postdocs
February 15, 2018 | 12 – 2 PM | UPC CUB 329
April 12, 2018 | 12 – 2 PM | HSC NML East

Research Development – Effective Strategies to Disseminate Your Research
Michele Kipke, Vice-Chair of Research, CHLA & Katrina Kubicek, Program Manager, CHLA

Learn to prepare for effective dissemination of research results to end-users, generate ideas for a dissemination plan and identify challenges for getting study results to end-users.
Target Audience: All levels of faculty & postdocs
February 23, 2018 | 12 – 1 PM | CHLA Saban Research Institute

Research Development – Increase Your Research Impact: Publishing Your Work Via Open Access
Zoe Pettway Unno, Head of Science and Engineering Library & Melanee Vicedo, Head of Education and Social Work Library Services

Understand how to increase the impact of your work with open access publishing, identify the best open access publications and avoid publishing in substandard or predatory publications.
Target Audience: All levels of faculty & postdocs
February 28, 2018 | 12 – 2 PM | UPC CUB 329

March

Funding – Obtaining Funding for Research from Foundations & the USC Process
Hossein Pourmand, Senior Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Focuses on the steps needed to develop a relationship with a foundation that can lead to funding of your proposal. Learn about the USC process and resources.
Target Audience: Junior faculty and postdocs
March 15, 2018 | 12 – 2 PM | UPC CUB 329

Proposal Development – Writing Compelling NSF Proposals
Paul Ronney, Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, VSoE

Learn the proposal and panel review process and what to highlight in your proposal to get it funded. Writing techniques will also be discussed for NSF and other science-oriented agencies.
Target Audience: All levels of faculty & postdocs
March 21, 2018 | 12 – 2 PM | UPC CUB 329

Research Development – Moving Medical Products from Discovery Through Development
Frances Richmond, Chair of Department of Regulatory Sciences & Deborah Schroyer, Program Assistant of Department of Regulatory Sciences

Examine how drugs and devices are developed for eventual market access, what stages various regulatory requirements kick in and where academic researchers most commonly find challenges.
Target Audience: All levels of faculty & postdocs
March 22, 2018 | 12 – 2 PM | HSC CHP 102

Professional Development – Negotiation 101
Amanda Termuhlen, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Learn when one should negotiate, what is negotiable, how to prepare for negotiation, how to approach the negotiation process and common obstacles to negotiation.
Target Audience: All levels of faculty & postdocs
March 23, 2018 | 12 – 1:30 PM | CHLA John Stauffer A+B

Funding – Successful Strategies for a Mission Agency Young Investigator Early Career Award
James Murday, Associate Director of Office of Research Advancement, Washington D.C.

Workshop will provide tips on how to structure your proposal, the amount of funding available, guidance toward topic selection and the anticipated due dates.
Target Audience: Assistant professors
March 28, 2018 | 12 – 2 PM | UPC CUB 329

April

Funding – Securing Corporate Funding for Your Research
Mina Zion, Associate Director of Corporate Collaborations, USC Stevens Center

Discussion on the commercialization process and how USC Stevens Center will help you to find a partner, negotiate a license and develop and market the product.
Target Audience: All levels of faculty & postdocs
April 10, 2018 | 12 – 2 PM | HSC NML East

Diversity – Connections: USC & Community – Research & Service
Panel TBD

Discuss partnerships in research/service that are reciprocal, respectful and mutually beneficial. Connect and learn about active projects and opportunities for engagement in local communities.
Target Audience: All levels of faculty & postdocs
April 12, 2018 | All Day | UPC Radisson Mid-City Hotel at USC

Funding – Developing NIH Grant Applications
Steven Moldin, Executive Director of Office of Research Advancement, Washington D.C.

The objective is to educate investigators in the complete process of conceptualizing an NIH grant proposal and getting it funded: identifying which NIH Institute to target, NIH’s funding priorities, preparing for the review process and building relationships with funding agencies.
Target Audience: All levels of faculty & postdocs
April 17, 2018 | 12 – 2 PM | UPC CUB 329

Professional Development – How to be a Successful Mentee: Habits of Highly Effective Mentees
Christopher Russell, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics & Todd Chang, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Learn how to maximize mentor-mentee relationships from the mentee perspective by conducting a personal assessment of your current and anticipated future mentorship needs.
Target Audience: Junior faculty and postdocs
April 20, 2018 | 12 – 2 PM | CHLA John Stauffer A+B

Professional Development – Women in Academic Leadership
Faculty Panel

A panel of current and former women chairs at HSC will talk about their roles, preparation and paths toward academic leadership in the health sciences for women faculty.
Target Audience: All levels of faculty & postdocs
April 23, 2018 | 11:30 – 1:30 PM | HSC CHP 157

Funding – Developing & Submitting a Successful Mission Agency Grant
James Murday, Associate Director of Office of Research Advancement, Washington D.C.

Objectives are to educate investigators on identifying appropriate agencies, getting to know the program officers, developing the proposal and application structure, submitting for review and working with agency officials to get the proposal funded.
Target Audience: All levels of faculty & postdocs
April 25, 2018 | 12 – 2 PM | UPC CUB 329

Funding – Preparing & Submitting NSF CAREER Award Proposals
Randolph Hall, Vice President of Research & Faculty Panel

Workshop to provide an insight to the proposal program and requirements for the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Program at NSF. Previous award recipients will be present.
Target Audience: Assistant professors
April 26, 2018 | 12 – 2 PM | UPC CUB 329