Panel discussion explored diversity in grant writing


The Purdue College of Science hosted a panel discussion Jan. 28 focusing on the aspects of diversity in writing successful grants.

Four speakers associated with the College of Science lent their expertise to the room full of about 40 faculty members: Bill Walker, director of outreach for the College of Science; Sally Bond, assistant director of Research Development Services; Purdue Computer Science Prof. Susanne Hambrusch; and Dr. David Asai, former Purdue Biological Sciences department head and current senior director of undergraduate and graduate science education programs at Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

The presenters all believed diversity is essential not only in receiving grants but also in STEM academia as a whole.

All four panelists fielded questions after their presentations.

Part of Hambrusch’s presentation looked at the “broader impacts” requirement in a NSF grant. Hambrusch recently spent three years working at NSF. A broader impact could be related to science outreach, which Walker gave several examples of during his time. Bond gave the perspective from her years in helping faculty receive research grants. Asai shared his firm stance on why diversity is important in science. He has the academic experience during his 19 years in the Biological Sciences department, at Harvey Mudd College and at Purdue as well as from his current position at HHMI.

The speakers’ presentations are available for download here.

Dr. David Asai

Dr. David Asai, senior director of undergraduate and graduate science education programs at Howard Hughes Medical Instutue and former Purdue Biological Sciences department head, was part of the recent "Diversity In Grants Improves Them!" panel discussion.

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