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6 Techniques for Writing Concise Scientific Articles & Grants

A workshop for faculty and their research teams to improve scientific writing skills

Assistant and Associate professors and their research teams are invited to participate in this workshop on scientific writing skills for science journals and grants.  This 2-hour workshop aims to improve the team writing process and efficiency through an interactive session that introduces the participants to 6 practical techniques to improve clarity and conciseness across all sections of a manuscript, learn when and how to apply those techniques, and improve skills with short writing exercises.

Space is limited and early registration of all participants is encouraged.  The faculty lead of the research group is required to attend, plus any number of his/her research team (graduate students and postdoctoral scholars).

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the workshop, participating research teams will have developed a shared knowledge about writing techniques, guidelines about how to apply them, and a better understanding of the collaborative writing process.

The workshop is organized as a 2-hour session. 

Participation of the faculty lead of the research team is required. Space is limited.

Selected Comments from previous workshop participants

  • “Working on examples was particularly helpful. Thank you!  An outstanding workshop!”  
  • “I liked the skills practice—there is no way to improve without the opportunity to practice”
  • “I enjoyed taking each section and breaking it down…you provided a systematic, explicit set of instructions”
  • “Examples were effective—showing “before” and “after” really helped”
  • “Amazing demo of how to dissect bad writing & make it better; extremely useful practical tips/methods”

Workshop Instructor

Michaela Kiernan

Michaela Kiernan, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Scientist at the Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC) at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She received her PhD in social/health psychology from Yale University and has expertise in research methodology and statistics.  Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Heart Association (AHA), her research focuses on behavioral interventions for weight management, dietary change, and physical activity. She was a grant reviewer for the AHA Western States Affiliate Behavioral Science, Epidemiology, and Prevention Review Committee (2000-2003) and a standing member of the NIH Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention Study Section (2009-2012).  She was the Research Director for the Stanford University School of Medicine Community Health Scholarly Concentration for medical students and a consultant for the Center of Excellence Minority Faculty Development Program (2001-2007).  In 2002 and 2007, she was awarded the SPRC/Department of Medicine Divisional Teaching Award, and, in 2009, the Stanford University Postdoctoral Association Excellence in Mentoring Award.