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Research Development Testimonials


"Significantly improved our grant writing skills"

"Cynthia, has been a remarkable asset, especially noted for her responsiveness in proposal review and her adeptness in writing non-scientific content. The training workshops led or organized by Cynthia have been extremely beneficial for our professional development. These workshops, together with her prompt and constructive feedback, have significantly improved our grant writing skills."

- Shakiba Enayati, Assistant Professor, Supply Chain & Analytics

Sam Wang

"Amazing Artwork"

"I want to thank your team for the help in preparing my NIH R35/MIRA application that has been submitted. Melissa in Sponsored Programs for your on-time handling, suggestions/checking, and referring this application to Cynthia and Mary; Cynthia for your quick turning around and many valuable suggestions; and Mary for your amazing artwork and doing so in such a short notice. Together, I think we have submitted a highly competitive application, and fingers crossed."

-Sam Wang E. Desmond Lee Professor in Plant Sciences and Investigator, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Jerome Morris

"Taking proposals to the next level"

"Cynthia, I appreciate your invaluable insights and the meticulous review and suggestions you offer to strengthen the proposals! Mary, it's great to have someone with your incredible skillset taking the proposals to the next level!"

-Jerome Morris E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Urban Education

Baorong Guo

"Getting to know relevant grant opportunities is key to successful grant writing. Cynthia is really keen in identifying and sharing these opportunities with me once she learned my interests and areas of research, not to mention many other important services she provides, including training, connecting me with potential collaborators, editing proposals, etc.!"

-Baorong Guo, Professor, Social Work

Chung Wong

“The Office of Research Development provides great help in proposal preparation.  Grant writers have edited many of my grant applications.  Although I usually revise my proposals many times, it is helpful to have other people look at them from another angle. Grant writers have keen eyes on things that matter to grant applications.  Don’t hesitate to ask them for help.”

- Chung Wong, Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry