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Approaches: NSF Project Descriptions

Thursday, July 8, 2021

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This presentation will provide an overview of the basic research components that go into the project description of an NSF proposal, and it will include a discussion of the most common mistakes and omissions.

Speaker Bio

Samuel Scheiner, Ph.D., serves as a program director in the Division of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation, where he helps run the Evolutionary Processes program. He also heads the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease program that is run jointly with the National Institutes of Health in the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture in the Department of Agriculture.

He is a theoretical biologist with work in various areas of evolution, ecology and general biology. In evolution, he works on modeling phenotypic plasticity and the use of structural equation modeling for measuring trait relationships and natural selection. In ecology, he works on macroecological patterns of diversity, species richness relationships and diversity metrics. In general biology, he has developed a set of general theories encompassing all of biology.

Before coming to the federal government, he was an associate professor at Arizona State University West, and assistant and associate professor at Northern Illinois University, and adjunct faculty at the University of Arizona. He received his BA, MS and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Scheiner is an AAAS Fellow.




Abria Magee

Research Liaison Officer, OCG

UH Division of Research