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Achievements in Grant Writing: Hardeep Obhi Awarded Prestigious NIH Grant

Hardeep Obhi is a doctoral student majoring in Gerontology and an Interdisciplinary Writing Consultant for the Center for Communication Excellence. She was recently awarded a prestigious F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Institute of Aging in the National Institutes of Health. In her proposal, titled Biopsychosocial Reserves and Dementia: Identifying Life-span Protective Factors, she plans to utilize longitudinal data and interdisciplinary techniques to assess life-span protective factors against cognitive decline and dementia. Hardeep will augment training available to her at Iowa State University with support from this grant by partaking in rotations with mentors across the U.S., learning about the epidemiology of dementia, understanding biological underpinnings of cognitive dysfunction, and refining her analytical prowess. Results of her project will contribute to the understanding of life-span biopsychosocial reserves to promote cognitive health in later life as well as having implications for developing interventions and preventions for cognitive decline. The CCE extends a big congratulations to Hardeep in this incredible achievement. 

NEW! Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camp: Formatting the manuscript

The Graduate College and the Center for Communication Excellence  invite you to a boot camp to guide you through the final formatting of your thesis or dissertation. Boot camp sessions will be held on  September 18th 9-11amOctober 18th 9-11amand November 9th 2-4pm in Parks Library Room 134. These events will take place in a computer lab, so you may bring an electronic copy of your thesis/dissertation on a flashdrive or saved onto your own laptop.  Registration is required, but free to all ISU graduate students. For more information about thesis and dissertation requirements, consider attending a Graduate College Thesis Seminar

ATTENTION LaTeX USERS: From 10-11am on September 18th and October 18th, a LaTeX specialist will join us in the boot camp sessions to assist with special formatting formatting requirements for theses and dissertations produced in LaTeX.

Resources of the Month


CCE Research Writing Seminars (Register Online)

Tuesday, October 10, 4:10-5:40pm: Introduction Sections. Pearson 2157

Tuesday, October 17, 3:10-4:40pm: Lit Reviews. Hoover 1312

Tuesday, October 24, 3:10-4:40pm: Methods. Hoover 1312

Wednesday, October 25, 3:10-4:40pm: Results. Hoover 1312

Tuesday, October 31, 3:10-4:40pm: Discussions and Conclusions. Hoover 1312

Thursday, November 2, 3:10-4:40pm: RWT (Research Writing Tutor) Workshop. Pearson 2157

From Research to Manuscript: A guide to scientific writing 

This resource (available online through the ISU library) highlights a range of important considerations in research writing. Topics range from specific details of style to manuscript publication and practices of peer-review. The author provides an overview of the research-science report process for both first-time science research authors and seasoned professionals. Access the resource today!

Don't forget to check out other on-site and online resources supporting academic communication in the Center for Communication Excellence's resource database


Reiman Gardens is seeking graduate students, faculty, and other professionals in science-related fields to participate in their 2018 Science Communication Fellowship to help scientists share their research with the public. Scientists, engineers, graduate students, faculty, researchers, and any other science-based professionals interested in developing science communication skills are invited to apply. This is a great professional development opportunity! Complete an application by November 30th, if you're interested.

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