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Paul Cassella back to SMHS for grant writing workshop June 26

Next week, writer and teacher Paul Casella, MFA, is back at the SMHS to help faculty and staff bolster their grant-writing skills. A graduate of Dartmouth College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Casella will host a grant applications workshop entitled “Taking it to the next level” in SMHS Room W203 from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, July 26. Casella has helped health professionals around the country improve the clarity and effectiveness of their manuscripts for publication and grant applications since 1995. He was a writer and the primary editor of the funded Great Plains IDeA-CTR grant application.

This workshop:

  • Reviews the principles of effective grant writing to produce clear, direct, and compelling proposals.
  • Suggests proposal templates.
  • Provides specific direction on how best to organize and format NIH applications for reader accessibility and impact.
  • Includes exercises related to specific elements of a scientific proposal, particularly the Specific Aims page.

The event’s final hour will be dedicated to editing and feedback of participants’ writing samples. All samples should be sent to prior to the day of the workshop. There is no cost to attend the workshop, which is sponsored by the GP IDeA CTR and DaCCoTA, but registration is required.

Please contact Dr. Jonathan Geiger for additional information at or 701.777.2183.