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Overview of PEERS

PEERS 2019 Program Structure

The Spring 2019 PEERS Spring Specific Aims Workshop will take place in April 2019. The size of the peer junior faculty group will be capped at five participants to encourage candid discussion on evolving pieces of writing. The program will include the following elements:

  • One in-person meeting for peer group critique (2 h total)
  • Time for document revision, if desired (1 week)
  • One in-person meeting for mentor group critique (2 h) and workshop evaluation (0.5 h; 2.5 h total)
  • An optional follow-up meeting with the ORD

PEERS Timeline

Date                                      Event                                                                                          Location           Time                    
03-21-19 Application deadline (5 p.m.)
Draft 1 Due
-- --
03-27-19 Notification of acceptance to PEERS -- --
04-02-19 Draft 1 distribution -- 1-week for Draft 1 review
04-09-19 Peer Group Critique BSB 101C 9:00-11:00 a.m.
04-16-19 Draft 2 due (5 p.m.) -- 1-week for Draft 2 review
04-23-19 Mentor Group Critique BSB 101C 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Meeting Details

Acceptance to PEERS. Specific Aims first drafts will be submitted with your application and distributed when the final group is confirmed.

Peer Group Critique. Group members should arrive to Peer Group Critique prepared to give thoughtful and constructive feedback to others. Each group member will have approximately 20 minutes devoted to review of their working Specific Aims document: the first 5-10 minutes will be an author-led presentation of aims and grant concept, and the final time will be a facilitated discussion and suggestions for writing improvement.

Mentor Group Critique. Each group member will have one week to revise their aims for mentor critique. Workshop mentors will then have an additional week to review second drafts prior to meeting. Each group member will have ~5-10 minutes to summarize their aims and any relevant changes for the group, with ~15 minutes being devoted to mentor feedback. The last 30 minutes will be devoted to an evaluation of workshop effectiveness.

Follow-Up. Participants may choose to set up a meeting with an ORD representative closer to their proposal due date to discuss any lingering issues, concerns, or review final pieces of writing. We respectfully request that workshop participants be willing to share their final scores, award status, and summary statement information with the ORD and participating mentors. This information will enable our office to better tailor ongoing future support and mentorship for past workshop participants. 

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