Science Writing and Rhetorical Training: A New Model for Developing Graduate Science Writers

By Ingrid E. Lofgren, PI

Graduate students are trained to write for discipline-specific journals, but they typically receive little instruction in communicating to public and non-specialist audiences. This lack of practical training persists despite the importance of engaging members of the public in scientific research to support policy decisions and science literacy.

The program SciWrite served cohorts of Graduate Students and Faculty Fellows and Mentors and the wider university community through workshops, courses, and internships that emphasize academic and non-academic writing. The program included a series of courses, workshops, and internships, the Graduate Science Writing Center, and an emphasis on a variety of writing projects.


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