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Science Writing Workshops

Duke Engineering offers graduate students scientific and technical writing courses

Fall 2021

EGR 790-11: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Writing Workshop


Open to engineering graduate students eligible for the NSF GRFP

Student Recipient & Faculty Reviewer Panel Discussion 8:30-9:45 a.m. ET, Monday, August 23—Attendance required for enrolled students
Course Dates Mondays – Aug. 23, 27, Sept. 6, 13, 27 and Oct. 11
Meeting Time 8:30–9:45 a.m. ET
Location Online
Instructor Elizabeth Paley
Course Description The Pratt School of Engineering highly encourages graduate students to submit proposals for prestigious competitive fellowships, such as the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. To assist you with your submissions, the Pratt School of Engineering is offering a writing course this fall (1.25 hrs./wk.) with a special focus on preparing your NSF GRFP proposals.  Over six weeks, you will draft, critique, revise, and polish proposals. You will learn concrete strategies for making your writing as clear and cohesive as possible, from individual sentences to paragraphs to the overall organization.
Credit 1
Grading S/NS
Enrollment Limit 35 
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Elizabeth Paley

Instructor bio

The course instructor is Elizabeth Paley, who led academic writing workshops at the Duke Writing Studio for six years before branching out on a freelance basis.

Since 2010, she has taught numerous science-writing workshops at Duke and at the University of Freiburg (Germany). She holds both a Master of Science in astronomy and a PhD in music theory and has published in a variety of venues including The Astrophysical Journal, Nineteenth-Century Music, and The Chronicle for Higher Education.


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