Skills & Careers in Science Writing Course

This free skills development course is designed to help Northwestern PhD trainees write clearly and speak confidently about their own research, providing a solid foundation for future pursuits in science writing and communication. 

In this small seminar, students hone their writing skills through authentic writing assignments with dedicated editorial feedback and support from faculty and professional writers. Students learn a variety of techniques and best practices in both technical and popular science writing. Guest editors and writers will provide practical insights into science writing careers and professional opportunities.


Donna Leff, Professor, Medill School of Journalism
Patti Wolter, Associate Professor, Medill School of Journalism  
Sara Grady, Editor, HELIX magazine

Course Information:
Course Credit: Offered for zero credit, graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory 
Cost: This course is underwritten by The Graduate School as an opportunity for professional development. Accepted Northwestern students will attend free of charge. 
Format: Classes run for 10 weeks. Most weeks will include a core writing assignment/exercise, assigned readings and a guest speaker from a related profession. Students will need to bring a laptop to complete in-class writing exercises.
Location: All classes take place on the Evanston campus.

Course Eligibility:
This course is designed for full-time, PhD-track STEM+ graduate students at Northwestern. At this time, we are not considering applications from postdoctoral fellows or Master's degree students or PhD candidates from other institutions. 
Relevant fields of study include Anthropology, Chemistry, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Computer Science, Engineering, Life Sciences, Math, Physics, and Psychology. 

Priority will be given to students entering the 3rd or 4th year of PhD study.

Application Information: 
Graduate students must apply via the online application form, which includes a short essay.
Where applicable a student’s most recent Versant English language test score will be considered. 


Sara Grady
Chambers Hall, 600 Foster St, Suite 130
Evanston , IL 60208
Phone: 847-467-3297

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