On Thursday, Jan. 14, the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) at VCU and Tompkins-McCaw Library co-hosted a research speed networking lunch event.
This program was just one of the more than 40 activities that made up “Ready, Set, Grant!,” a four-day event aimed at helping researchers learn competitive grant writing skills.
More than twenty individuals from across a variety of VCU disciplines attended the event. Representation included the CCTR, the School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, School of Dentistry, VCU Life Sciences, the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, and the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, among many others.
Participants were assigned a designated color (red, green or blue) and asked to sit at any of the corresponding colored seats. They were then given three minutes to talk about their research and background before an alarm sounded, signaling either the green or red-designated researchers to move to the next table. Participants were provided lunch and a list of fellow attendees to keep notes on as they rotated.
“After participating in the speed-networking event, I was amazed at the breadth of research that is being conducted across VCU,” said Adam Sima, assistant professor for the VCU School of Medicine’s Department of Biostatistics, and CCTR faculty. “It was fantastic to hear of such diverse research areas and what each researcher was seeking in terms of collaborators. Judging from my own conversations as well as the engaged conversations that raged around me, I have no doubt that most of the researchers found a fellow researcher with shared interests or compatible expertise.”