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Training & CER Workshops

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 Research Training Finder
 Navigating the University
Fall 2019 CER Schedule
CER Workshop Descriptions


Research Training Finder

All investigators funded by an externally sponsored project must complete grants management training (as explained here). A search tool has been developed for USC faculty, PIs, postdocs, students, research staff and lab technicians: This Research Training Finder tool is a comprehensive matrix for training courses that are required and suggested for University research compliance.

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Navigating the University

USC’s annual Navigating the University event offers new faculty from all disciplines, appointment types and levels the opportunity to learn about campus-wide resources available at USC. The event is also a great way to meet fellow faculty from across the university.

The two-day retreat has three parts: The Office of the Provost’s New Faculty Onboarding features sessions on professional development, teaching and USC culture. Then following the presentations, there’s an informal meet and greet for new faculty to introduce themselves to each other over refreshments and appetizers.

Finally, the Office of Research’s Research & Resources Management brings together USC faculty and staff to provide advice and first-hand experiences on research strategy, mentoring, financial management and budgeting, clinical research, and diversity in research. Below are the presentations from 2019’s event:

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Fall 2019 CER Schedule

Each semester, the Center for Excellence in Research organizes a series of workshops for USC 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. To receive updates about our workshops, please register for our mailing list.

A list of all our previous and currently offered workshops are below. An assistive listening device is available upon request. For more information, contact us at or 213-740-6709.


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CER Workshop Descriptions


Conducting Community-Based Participatory Research
Understanding how to conduct culturally competent research is only the beginning, as researchers and communities must also learn to work together as a team. We’ll show you how to partner with communities to develop, conduct, and evaluate community-based participatory research by sharing how we’ve harnessed the strengths of the Filipino community to prevent adolescent mental health disparities. This workshop will include a panel discussion with our multidisciplinary team that’s funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar Program. Click here for the presentation from Jan 2019.

Conducting Culturally Competent Research with Diverse Populations
The demographics of the United States are rapidly changing, and researchers are increasingly being required to understand cultural differences, how they impact research, and how to engage diverse populations. This workshop will describe the benefits and challenges of conducting community-based tobacco research in five diverse populations: American Indian, Hispanic, African American, Korean and Non-Hispanic White. We’ll also describe the potential for engagement in community-based research through the Community Scholars Collaborative on Health Equity (CHES).

Connections – USC & Community – Research & Service
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.

Diversity in Human Subjects Research
Learn how to recruit diverse research populations and the importance of racial/ethnic diversity in clinical/biomedical and social-behavioral advances.

Engaging Communities in Participatory Research to Eliminate Health Disparities
Session will provide a model and guiding principles for the development, implementation and evaluation of community-based participatory research focusing on eliminating health disparities.

Workplace Conflict and Willingness to CooperateREGISTER NOW!
October 18, 12-1:30 PM — CHLA Saban Auditorium
Come learn techniques for building strong collaborative relationships. Alan Nager will share new ways to manage conflict between clinicians and patients, how to negotiate with colleagues and families, and tools for handling difficult conversations regarding treatment.

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Funding and Grant Writing

Creating a Successful NSF Broader Impacts Section
If you’ve applied for NSF funding, then you’re familiar with the Broader Impacts section. A great Broader Impacts statement won’t strengthen a proposal with poor science, but a poor one can help sink a proposal with good science. Learn how to develop and showcase your NSF Broader Impacts. This workshop will include examples of creative Broader Impacts strategies and a brainstorming session to help you develop your ideas, as well as an in-depth overview of resources at USC. Click here for the presentation from Feb 2019.

Developing a Successful Mission Agency Grant — REGISTER NOW!
September 18, 12-2 PM — UPC Credit Union Flower St 329
Mission agencies such as the DOD, DOE, DOJ and DOT support a broad range of research areas. James Murday will teach you how to identify the right agency for your research, tailor your proposal, get to know their program officers, and work with officials to get funded.

Developing Funded Research Programs
Learn the proposal process, including identifying funding resources, building relationships with funding agencies and targeting research capabilities.

How to Obtain NIH FundingREGISTER NOW!
October 9, 12-2 PM — UPC Credit Union Flower St 329
Each year the NIH invests over $39 billion in medical research. Steven Moldin will review the NIH grant process, from conceptualizing your proposal to getting funded, as well as how to identify which institute to target, prepare for the review process, and build relationships with agencies.

Navigating the Grant Proposal Landscape for Junior FacultyREGISTER NOW!
November 20, 12-2 PM — UPC Credit Union Flower St 329
As a scientist, manager, and accountant all-in-one, a PI’s work is never done. This workshop offers advice from Heidi Smith-Parker on crafting applications, creating a grant application 5-year plan, and balancing time between getting projects off the ground and finding funding to support those projects.

Obtaining Funding from FoundationsREGISTER NOW!
October 10, 12-2 PM — HSC Norris Medical Library West Conference Room
There are thousands of charitable foundations around the world looking to fund research, the challenge is finding the right one for you. Find out from Kavita Munjal how you can develop a relationship with a foundation and the process and resources available at USC to help you along the way.

Preparing and Submitting NSF CAREER Award Proposals
The Faculty Early Career Development Program (otherwise known as the NSF CAREER Award) is one of NSF’s most prestigious awards. It supports junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. This workshop will provide you insight into the requirements as well as proposal process for this award.

Reproducible Research, Open Science & Digital Scholarship
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.

Securing Corporate Funding for Your ResearchREGISTER NOW!
November 12, 12-2 PM — HSC Norris Medical Library West Conference Room
In 2016, businesses provided $4.2 billion in academic research funding, largely directed toward life sciences and engineering. Michael Arciero will discuss the commercialization process and how the Stevens Center can help you find a partner, negotiate a license, and market your product.

Successful Strategies for a Mission Agency Young Investigator/Early Career Award
Mission agencies are federal agencies that support research as a means of furthering the agencies’ goals such as securing national defense, addressing national energy challenges, etc. This workshop is designed for those who plan to apply for a Young Investigator/Early Career Award from a mission agency and will provide tips on how to structure a successful proposal, the amount of funding available, guidance toward topic selection, and due dates.

USC Awards to Fund Your ResearchREGISTER NOW!
October 3, 12:30-2:30 PM — HSC Norris Medical Library West Conference Room
October 25, 11:30-1 PM — CHLA Saban Auditorium
October 30, 12-2 PM — UPC Credit Union Flower St 329
New to USC/CHLA or need a refresher on the internal funding available to researchers? Silvia da Costa, Aileen Dinkjian, Juli Wu and Michael Arciero will review the grant programs supporting research and technology development, as well as give you guidelines and tips on how to ensure your proposal is a success.

Writing Compelling NSF ProposalsREGISTER NOW!
October 17, 12-2 PM — UPC Credit Union Flower St 329
Paul Ronney has served on many NSF review panels and read a lot of well-written (and not so well-written) proposals. He’ll provide specific examples to help increase your chances of getting funded, as well as tips on how you can tailor your proposal to anticipate objections from panels.

Writing Winning Proposals
This workshop focuses on a step-by-step process for developing proposals: analyzing the announcement, planning the conceptual framework, drafting and organizing content for persuasive appeal. You’ll develop a proposal draft and participate in peer reviews to refine the draft for submission.

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Professional Development

Advancing Research Integrity in Research LabsREGISTER NOW!
September 26, 12-2 PM — HSC Norris Medical Library West Conference Room
October 11, 11:30-1:30 PM — CHLA Saban Auditorium
October 24, 12-2 PM — UPC Credit Union Flower St 329
Kristen Grace, former Acting Deputy Director of ORI, Division of Investigative Oversight, will discuss advancing research excellence by creating a lab culture based on responsible conduct of research, including lab oversight, data recording and storage, publication ethics, and collaborations.

Building Undergraduate Research Labs in the Social Sciences
Half-day workshop for social sciences faculty on how to leverage a laboratory structure to enhance research portfolios and stretch scarce research funds, as well as best practices from other institutions.

Creating an Effective Oral Executive Summary
You are your own best advocate, especially when it comes to your career. Come find out how best to communicate your goals and research vision. You’ll learn how to come up with a plan, organize activities to support it, and draft/practice your 30-second and two-minute ‘elevator speech.’ By the end, you’ll have two executive summaries to communicate your career and research goals for a variety of audiences, including department chairs, funders, etc. Click here and here for the handout and presentation from Feb 2019.

Effective Slide Design and Data PresentationREGISTER NOW!
November 14, 11:30-1 PM — CHLA Saban Auditorium
Interested in improving the effectiveness of your research presentations? Mark Frey and Senta Georgia will demonstrate how you can make your presentations clear, consise, and compelling, followed by small group peer critiques where you can get feedback on your slides.

Effective Strategies to Disseminate Your Research
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.

Engaging in Effective Dialogue on Power and Oppression
Learn basic strategies and activities to improve your skills for engaging in conversations about power and oppression in the workplace while ensuring safety.

How to Be a Successful MenteeREGISTER NOW!
November 8, 12-1:30 PM — CHLA John Stauffer A
While many workshops help faculty become better mentors, few provide guidance on how to be an effective mentee. Christopher J. Russell and other CHLA faculty will discuss best practices and challenging mentoring scenarios that you’ll be able to apply to your own mentor/mentee relationships.

Increase Your Research Impact: Publishing Your Work via Open Access
A publishing can increase the exposure and impact of your research by making your articles and findings more accessible to a wider audience. This workshop will cover the basics of OA, the different models used by publishers, strategies for locating appropriate OA journals in various subject areas, possible OA mandates from funders, and guidance in evaluating publishers and journals. Click here for the presentation from Mar 2019.

Keeping Them Awake and Interested: Elements of Engaging Research
When asked, many people say public speaking is one of their biggest fears. Yet standing in front of a group isn’t the only obstacle, you also need to know just what to say. Mark Frey and Senta Georgia will describe and demonstrate approaches used by effective speakers, followed by small group peer critiques so that you can get feedback on quick-shot talks. By the end, you’ll have learned new ways to engage an audience, how to define and communicate the central topic of a talk, and acquire new tools for editing a presentation for clarity and impact.

Negotiation 101
Learn when one should negotiate, what is negotiable, how to prepare for negotiation, how to approach the negotiation process and common obstacles to negotiation.

The State of Women in Academic Medicine
Amparo Villablanca will showcase accomplishments of women in medicine and highlight national data of women entering academic medicine in leadership roles, including history, national data and tools to help open the door of communication on this topic. Participants will have a better understanding of the national representation of women in academic medicine, mentorship, sponsorship and support for advancement of someone who has untapped leadership potential. Click here for the presentation from Jan 2019.

Tracking Your Research Through BibliometricsREGISTER NOW!
November 7, 12-1:30 PM — UPC