Red tape

July 19, 2007 at 6:17 pm | Posted in conference, math | Leave a comment

I wonder … if I kept track of the time it takes to fill out all these frickin’ forms, took how much money I end up getting from all the different offices and departments toward my upcoming trip to the Joint Math Meetings, how much money do I make per hour? Divide total funding by mind-numbing hours spent cutting through red tape and dancing the government agency shuffle. If asking for money is a profession, how much does it pay?

Of course, the real question is, could I make more money some other way for the same number of hours? Tutoring? Waiting tables?

One wonders …

Hey, I just thought of something. There are people whose sole job it is to write grants. If it pays to have a person like that, then the getting of grants has to be worth the effort! Hmm …

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