CMDI Writing Support

Email Dr. Carina Baskett 

Individual support 

Carina Baskett is CMDI’s very own resident Grant Writer. Her primary role is to train and assist students and postdocs in writing grants and fellowships. But she also supports other forms of professional communication such as: 

—paper writing 

—conference presentations and posters 


—job applications 

If you’re not sure whether your project falls in her wheelhouse, just ask! 

Office hours

Drop by without an appointment to discuss outlining strategies, learn about funding options for you, or have Carina look over drafts. The Writing Buddies timeslot doubles as office hours. Email or DM Carina on Teams to find out current times.

Group support 

Join the CMDI Teams writing channels and/or attend the CMDI Writing Buddies Groups (hybrid mode) for writing resources and connection with others. Once or twice a week, we meet for 60-90 minutes to briefly discuss what we’re working on, and then quietly get to work. It’s great for setting aside focused writing time and getting accountability. Email or DM Carina on Teams to get added to the relevant groups and channels, and to find out current meeting times (they change each term).

Annual regular workshops

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP): from start of fall semester to deadline in late October

NIH F31 graduate fellowships and NIH F32 postdoc fellowships: for two months preceding the three annual deadlines (April 8, August 8, December 8)

Special workshops in 2022 

February: Paper Writing, with Steve Diggle

March: Conference Posters, with Brian Hammer

August: Funding Your Science

October: Academic Job Applications 

Please get in touch if there are other workshops you’d like to see!