Starting Your Project

Use of the Research Communications Office is intended for cancer center members and their cancer-related projects. 

When you contact us to begin a project, we’ll probably ask a few questions. Knowing the answers from the start will help us turn the project around quickly and devote as much time as possible to high-quality work:

  • When do you need to have the project complete? 
  • What final format should we use for your materials?
  • Does anyone else besides you need to receive the finished version?
  • Are the components you are providing us as complete and final as possible?
  • Is this a revision of or related to any work we’ve done for you in the past? Do any of the components overlap?

How Long Will My Project Take?

We will do our best to communicate how long it will take to complete each job that comes our way. Standard turnaround times will vary based on our schedule; giving us as much notice as possible will help ensure we can provide work that is thorough and meets your standards. If you have a specific, set deadline, please communicate that as early as possible. The majority of projects, such as manuscript editing, figure compilation, and poster creation, can be completed in one week, but there will be many times when our office is busier than normal or working on large cancer projects with significant deadlines. The earlier you can let us know your project will need help and send your materials, the better.

    After We're Finished

    We’d love to know the results – did you get compliments on your presentation? Was your manuscript published? Please follow up and let us know what we can do better and what you liked. And remember to fill out our feedback survey.

      Which RCO Staff Member Can Help You?

      Editing & Design Services

      Contact Cathy AnthonyDonna Gilbreath, or Danielle Story

      • Editing your manuscript
      • Assembling or editing graphics/figures
      • Compiling a PowerPoint presentation
      • Designing your poster
      • Reviewing your grant

      Pre-Award Grant Administration

      Pre-award administration services are provided through the College of Medicine's Sponsored Research Administrative Services unit. Markey's key contacts for working with SRAS are Markey staff members, Marcia Ballard and Megan Eder.

      • Completing administrative forms
      • Preparing your budget
      • Initiating the eIAF
      • Tracking the progress of your proposal and the eIAF
      • Ensuring compliance with guidelines and regulations

      Markey Events & Speakers

      Contact Terry Keys.

      • Markey Research Seminars
      • Cancer Research Day
      • Other cancer-related events 

      Markey Websites, Newsletters & Communications

      Contact Phillip Strunk.

      • Markey Website
      • Markey Minute weekly newsletter
      • Markey Connect
      • Markey Quarterly newsletter
      Markey Cancer Center is NCI-designated

      The UK Markey Cancer Center was first designated by the National Cancer Institute in 2013 – a distinction that recognizes our extraordinary ability to provide world-class care for our patients. We are the only NCI-designated cancer center in Kentucky and one of only 71 in the nation.

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