Pecha Kucha talks – Order of go:

November 26th:

Order      Name                                  Topic

1                Jennifer Chivers          Stress and feline behaviour

2                 Muhammed Al-Dakheeli      SRY

3                 Laura Badeski               Oral vacc. of squirrels for Lyme

4                 Daniel Presta                USP7 P53 & EBNA1

5                 Maria Francetic           Allergy in babies born to c-sections

6                 Shahana Gaur              Stress-levels in captive Chimps

7                Adrian Alonso              Shark deformities & ocean acidification

8                Kalvin Tandazo            Plant Pathogens

December 3rd:

Order     Name                                  Topic

1                Arpit Sharma                  DNA Aptamers

2                Andrew Shin                   Diatoms

3                Nigel Barnes                   Neuroplasticity

4                Min Namkung                Spring Migration

5                April Irums                       AMPK

6                Cathy Nguyen                Invasion + Disturbance

7                MinJung Kim                  Arthritis

8                Jessie Moses                  Caffeine and Memory

9                Ka Yan Chan                   Alzheimer’s disease


Marking keys for grant proposal & then PechaKucha grant proposal

Marking key for grant proposal: total value is 20%
Elements /10%
Background info &Objectives
Outline of experimental design approach-theoretical

Overview /10%
Have you presented a compelling case?
Have you made your hypothesis explicit?
Does your project seem feasible? Is it overly ambitious?
Does it have other weaknesses?
Have you stated the means that grantors can use to evaluate the success of your project after you’ve executed it? This means – have you stated the significance and/or outcome?


Marking key for PechaKucha grant proposal: total value is 10%
Please score each criterion on a Likert scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being poor and 5 being excellent.
Content /5%
Context described
Experimental Design
Total of 25 score points divided by 5 for percent mark for this particular research product.

Appropriate timing and speaking in time with advancing deck
Speaking clarity
Clarity of slide deck
How likely are you to fund this research?
Quality of responses to questions.
Total of 25 score points divided by 5 for percent mark for this particular research product.


Grant proposal instructions and EXTENSION

Hi Designers.
The one-page grant proposal (instructions below in previous post) with one additional page for references is straight from the NSERC website for MSc students.  So, I am stoked on this an opportunity to get realistic practice on grants.

(1) When NSERC states list ‘theoretical approach’ to be taken – they mean what major theory are you testing.
(2) Once it is written, get someone else to read it. It is only one-page but this really helps.  This leads me to my next idea – extension-help idea!

You will get an AUTOMATIC extension of one full day (Friday Nov 20th, @530pm to IF AND ONLY IF YOU ATTEND LECTURE ON THURSDAY and show Ally and me what you have done so far.

If you do not attend lecture, it is still due on Thursday.


Rationale: I want to help you. Bring your laptop or if you work on a desktop, a print up/outline/draft of whatever you have written. I will spend half the lecture helping you.

The other half of the lecture will be a PechaKucha lecture and sample talk.


Systematic review links

Sample systematic reviews:


Sample spreadsheets:

Grant proposal writing tips

So many great resources out there!
Remember, you can/should do the same topic you are studying in the lab for your systematic. The goal is to generate a second, USEFUL product from the same research. Become an expert in that topic and propose a cool, new research idea based on the research gaps you have identified.



This is just a plain amazing description of effective grant writing.
UNC Writing Center – Give me the money.

Here is a good resource on considerations for the grant title.

Finally, a good primer on how to write a grant app.

NSERC Master’s Funding instructions

To get funding for one year of a Master’s in Science funded by the Canadian Government at $17, 500 (funding call), you write  a single page!  No kidding.  You get one additional page for your bibliography and that is it. Instructions below.

Outline of Proposed Research from NSERC website:

1. Outline of proposed research (maximum of one page);
Bibliography/citations (maximum of one page).
Provide a detailed description of your proposed research project for the period during which you will hold the award. Be as specific as possible. Provide background information to position your proposed research within the context of the current knowledge in the field. State the objectives and hypothesis, and outline the experimental or theoretical approach to be taken (citing literature pertinent to the proposal), and the methods and procedures to be used. State the significance of the proposed research to a field or fields in the health sciences, natural sciences and/or engineering or social sciences and/or humanities, as appropriate.

Ensure you have a very clear title.

If the output of your degree program is an artistic creation rather than a thesis, indicate clearly the research component of your proposed work. Outline the objectives of your research, the context, methodology, and contribution to the advancement of knowledge.

If your degree program does not involve a thesis, a major research paper/essay, or a major research project, remember to outline clearly the research component of the degree.

If you have not yet decided on a specific project, you must still provide a detailed description of a research project that interests you. You are not bound by this project. You may change your research direction or activities during the course of the award. Certain restrictions may apply. Refer to the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Award Holder’s Guide.

In addition:

Applicants are expected to write their own outline of proposed research independently. Ideas and/or text belonging to others must be properly referenced.
Include all relevant information in the outline.
Do not refer reviewers to URLs or other publications for supplemental information.
In the Outline of Proposed Research, provide the requested information according to the guidelines and format standards outlined in the Presentation Standards.

Presentation Standards

In each section of the Research Portal application, you will find instructions and tips on how to complete your application. All documents uploaded as attachments must be in Portable Document Format (PDF) and must conform to the following presentation standards. See also Transcripts (Attachment) for related presentation standards.

Text must be single-spaced, with no more than six lines per inch.
The acceptable font is Times New Roman (regular, minimum 12-pt.) or a comparable font.
Condensed type is not acceptable.
Set margins at a minimum of 2 cm (3/4 of an inch) all around.
Use a left-justified, standard page layout.
Include your name in the page header on every page.
For multipage attachments, number the pages sequentially.
The maximum number of pages permitted is indicated in each section of the application.
In addition, if you have transcripts or related documentation written in a language other than English or French, you must provide a certified English or French translation.
Applications that do not meet presentation standards may be deemed ineligible, or be at a disadvantage, in comparison with those that respect the presentation standards. Pages in excess of the number permitted will not be assessed by the selection committee.


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