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Science Writing Workshops

Duke Engineering offers graduate students scientific and technical writing courses

Fall 2020

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Writing Workshop

Course Number

EGR 790-11


Open to engineering graduate students eligible for the NSF GRFP

Info Session 8:30-9:45 a.m. Thursday, August 20, 2020—Attendance required for enrolled students
Course Dates Thursdays – Aug. 27, Sept. 3, 10, and Oct. 1, 8
Meeting Time 8:30–9:45 a.m.
Location Virtual
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 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 
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About Elizabeth Paley

Instructor bio

Elizabeth Paley 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.


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