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Science Writing Workshops

PhD students are offered scientific and technical writing courses each semester

Fall 2019 Workshops

Note: While students are welcome to take both EGR 790-09 and EGR 790-10, please be aware that the emphasis on clarity, cohesion and conciseness is the same in both courses.

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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Writing Workshop—EGR 790-09

Eligibility

Open to engineering graduate students eligible for the NSF GRFP

Info Session 8:30-9:45 a.m. Tuesday, August 27, Schiciano Auditorium, Side A
Course Dates Tuesdays – Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24 and Oct. 1
Meeting Time 8:30–9:45 a.m.
Location 216 Hudson
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 five 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 overall organization.
Credit 1
Grading S/NS
Enrollment Limit 35 
Registration Go to DukeHub »

PhD Technical Writing Workshop—EGR 790-10

Eligibility

Open to engineering PhD students only

Course Dates Tuesdays – Oct. 15, 22, 29 and Nov. 5 and 12
Meeting Time 8:30–9:45 a.m.
Location 216 Hudson
Course Description This course is a series of five sessions (1.25 hrs./wk.) designed to help make your writing as clear and strong as possible. Topics will include clarity, conciseness, cohesion, organization, common errors, and “putting it all together” in research proposals and scientific papers. You will develop a toolbox of strategies for crafting, evaluating, and revising texts. Throughout the course, text examples will come directly from participants’ own writing. As a participant, you will be asked to submit writing samples.
Credit 1
Grading S/NS
Enrollment Limit 25 
Registration Go to DukeHub »

Instructor Bio: Elizabeth Paley

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

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


Contact

Questions? Please contact Sara Faust at sfaust@duke.edu