M.S. (Peg) AtKisson, PhD

Peg AtKisson came into science when she discovered a love of biology while pursuing degrees in English and European languages at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA. She transferred to Florida State University because there were more opportunities for working in a research laboratory. After graduating with a BS in biological sciences, she spent fifteen years at the bench in cell biology, cancer biology, neuroscience, and nanotechnology as a technician, graduate student and consultant. She turned her training in science and background in writing toward the problem of effective communication in grant applications. Her first formal training in grant writing was a Write Winning Grants seminar given at Tufts University by GWSW co-cofounder Dr. Stephen Russell. She considers this experience the foundation of her success.
During her work with Tufts University, Dr. AtKisson made significant contributions to over $140M in funded grants, including proposal writing, grantsmanship support, team building and strategy design for all areas of research and scholarship. She began as a contract grant writer in 2001, and left Tufts as Director of Proposal Development in 2010, having created an office for grantsmanship support for faculty and multidisciplinary research teams. Her role at Tufts included both direct work on specific applications, and overall strategies to help position university faculty to be highly competitive. Her team’s successes ranged from new NSF programs for research and education, significant awards from foundations, research grants for individual investigators from many federal agencies, and large NIH infrastructure grants. She joined Grant Writers Seminars and Workshops part time in 2008, and full time in 2010.

Seminar Presentations

  • Write Winning Grant Proposals"