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Workshops for Women Faculty

Ready, Set, Go! (New Faculty)

LEAF is partnering with the College of Medicine and the Office of Research for this year's Ready, Set, Go! series.

The Ready, Set, Go! Series leads to successful research outcomes and improved retention, increased faculty morale, improved grant success and a change in culture among faculty members, including collegiality and increased collaboration.

This eight-course series of programs, facilitated by an interdisciplinary team of research faculty, is designed to provide new assistant professors (joined UC within 3 years) with the competence and skills to set up and maintain a successful research laboratory or clinical research program.

The sessions address common problems and help to ensure that faculty, rather than wasting time with distractions, can "hit the ground running." 

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FORTE Workshops (FOR TEnured Faculty) 

UC LEAF's FORTE workshops are for associate professors and aim to strengthen STEM faculty women's research, leadership, and communication. These workshops have a broad range of topics from expanding research networks to effectively communicating research progress and findings to the community. 

The objective of the FORTE series is to broaden female STEM faculty participation in research and leadership, as well as create a more integral networking community for women. The following topics are scheduled for the 2014-15 year:

  • Strengthening Your Research Program (9/24/14)
  • Pathways to Leadership (1/28/15)
  • Effective Communication & Organizational Dynamics (3/25/14)
This series is designed for STEM women faculty (associate professors) in the colleges of Arts & Sciences, Engineering & Applied Science, and basic science departments in the College of Medicine. Other faculty may register as space allows.

Manuscript Writing Workshop for Underrepresented Faculty

In March 2015, LEAF will offer a two-and-a-half-day intensive writing workshop for STEM faculty. The workshop will take place off-campus and provide an opportunity for faculty to focus on their own projects with assistance from facilitators. Participants will also benefit from networking opportunities.

Participants will receive a small stipend and all expenses will be covered. However, there is a small financial commitment required of your department.

Overview and Application

Grant Writing Training

UC LEAF and the UC Research Programs office are partnering to provide women STEM faculty members with grant writing training. The following opportunities will be available in 2015 at no cost to you.
Write Winning Grant Proposals
April 21, 2015, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Vontz auditorium
A a one-day seminar that is an investment in your future - a decision that will help to ensure that you write a highly competitive application. This seminar is limited to faculty preparing to write a competitive extramural research grant proposal. No prerequisite. A workbook is included. No fee for up to 15 women STEM faculty members.
NIH Career Development Award Proposals
April 22, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Vontz auditorium
A half-day seminar on NIH proposals (K and F32 grants). Prerequisite: Attend the Write Winning Grant Proposals seminar in April 2014 or April 2015. This seminar is for faculty preparing to write an NIH Career Development Award proposal. No fee.
Grant Writing: Getting Started (NEW)
April 22, 2015, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Vontz auditorium
A half-day seminar on how to begin the grant writing process. The seminar will cover basic information, such as how to develop a fundable idea, the fundamentals of a grant, how to write for reviewers, and preparation of the application. This seminar is intended for New/Early Stage Investigators, Graduate Students or Postdocs with no prior grant writing experience. No prerequisite. A workbook is included. No fee for up to 15 women STEM faculty members with no prior grant writing experience.

One-on-One Competitive Grant Writing Workshop (Fall 2015)
Additionally, a one-on-one competitive Intensive Grant Proposal Writing workshop will be available fall 2015. Faculty who have participated in the all-day seminar in 2013, 2014 or 2015 will be eligible to apply for this program. Applications will be accepted after April 21, 2015. Faculty should contact Dawn O'Neill at if interested. UC LEAF will sponsor one woman STEM faculty member to participate in this workshop free of charge.


The registration deadline was March 20, 2015. Registration is now closed.


Contact Dawn O'Neill at