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GAMER is an intensive grant writing and mentorship experience when one-on-one and small group mentorship and discussions take place along with some didactic sessions.

If accepted to GAMER, you will be assigned a primary and secondary mentor. The primary mentor, and often, the secondary mentor will contact you prior to the workshop to discuss and provide feedback on materials presented in your application. They will expect revisions prior to the workshop. Thus, you will
enter the workshop with a “running start”. In addition to your primary and secondary mentors your can meet with other mentors to receive constructive feedback on your ideas and proposal. Along with one-on-one and small group mentorship, lecture/discussions on conceptual frameworks, grant structure and funding mechanisms will occur. Finally, further review of proposals will occur during post-workshop review panels during the winter and spring following the workshop.


The registration fee is $2,000 covering cost of mentors, administration and all meals at workshop. Hotel and travel costs are not covered by the registration cost, but the hotel costs are discounted.

The 2024 workshop will be interprofessional with mentors and mentees from Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. The workshop provides guidance in developing robust and theoretically grounded programs of research, enhancing research design and conceptual and/or theoretical grounding; identifying “best-bet” funding sources; grant writing and budgeting; and creating intra-and inter-institutional collaborative research networks and projects.  The centerpiece of the workshop is one-on-one mentoring through small group sessions that provide the opportunity for participants to interact with a community of scholars (across health professions) and representatives from organizations that fund education research.  The value of this workshop lies in both group and individual mentoring that provides participants with identified next steps and resources to develop their educational research.


GAMER 2024 Planning Committee

Steven J. Durning, MD, PhD, MACP

Neil Harvison PhD, OTR, FNAP, FAOTA

Gail M. Jensen, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FNAP

Diane U. Jette, PT, DPT, DSc, FAPTA

Terry Nordstrom, PT, EdD, FAPTA

Loretta Nunez, MA, AuD, CCC-A/SLP, ASHA Fellow, FNAP

Elgustus “Gus” Polite, PhD, CCC-SLP

Sabrina Salvant, EdD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA

Chris Sebelski PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, CSCS

Rick Segal, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Melissa Tovin, PT, MA, PhD, PCS, CEEAA

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