As Director of the MPC Development Core, I oversee every aspect of proposal development, work with our Administrative Core to coordinate our proposal submissions, run our research and professional development services, and work closely with our research staff and faculty members to develop fruitful interdisciplinary collaborations in population research. The MPC Developement Core also oversees our two pre and postdoctoral training programs: in Population Studies and in Population Health Science.
My educational background in biological research, writing, and science studies helped me develop a nuanced understanding of what is required to build a successful research program. My experience teaching undergraduate, graduate, and faculty writers from across the disciplines gave me the necessary skills to work effectively with scientists through every stage of the grant proposal and research paper writing and revision processes. Upon completing my post-doctoral research in the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior program, I worked for a year doing freelance science writing, consulting on grant proposals, and developing a senior thesis course for the History of Medicine Program at the University of Minnesota. This professional experience led me to seek a position in research development, and in the fall of 2012 I joined the staff at the Minnesota Population Center.
I love science writing in all of its many forms. In my position at the MPC I have the opportunity to work with scholars from a wide variety of disciplines to develop clear, cogently written arguments for a variety of audiences. I run our bi-weekly Writing Hunker, provide one-to-one writing consultations, and edit final drafts of grant proposals and articles.
Jude Mikal and Gina Rumore. Ten Common Grant-Writing Mistakes. Chronicle of Higher Education. January 4, 2018.
Rachel Carson Prize for Best Dissertation in Environmental History, American Society for Environmental History, 2010.