Share your favorite software for graduate engineering productivity

Share your favorite reference management, productivity or poster/visuals/presentations; help UVA engineering graduate students; and get a cv line while doing it.

Open to UVA Faculty, postdocs, grad students and staff.

The UVA Engineering Graduate Writing Lab is organizing a series of events on software and apps useful for research writing and graduate engineering students and we need your help.

If you use and would recommend particular software or apps that you think would be beneficial for graduate engineering students in their research writing and productivity, we invite you to share your expertise by demoing the software at a station at an upcoming showcase, offering a workshop or creating a guide. We especially welcome enthusiasm and expertise for apps and software in the following categories:

  • Reference Management Software (ex. Endnote, Mendeley, Papers)
  • Writing software (ex. Latex, Word, Overleaf, Scrivener, Ulysses)
  • Figure creation & visual design software/apps/packages (ex. Powerpoint, Padlet, Illustrator, Inkscape, ggplot2)
  • Poster & presentation apps/software (ex. Powerpoint, Prezi, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Productivity, reading or other useful apps/software (ex. Trello, OmniFocus, Wunderlist, Toggl, LiquidText, GoodNotes, pdf readers)

We invite you to indicate your interest in demonstrating apps/software for the graduate UVA Engineering community: 

We are looking for hosts/presenters for our upcoming and future showcases and workshops (further details below).

We are currently planning our next showcase (Writing & Reference Management Tools Showcasefor Friday, June 10, on Writing and Reference Management Software. If you have found software that works well for keeping track of your sources or facilitating your engineering/research writing, please consider sharing your expertise by presenting at this showcase


Presenters give short (5-8 minute) demos of software, explain why it has worked well for them, challenges they've had, and answer questions. In online showcases, this happens one after another via screenshare on zoom.

In past in person showcases, attendees moved from station to station to view, try, and learn about different tools. Presenters bring their own laptops for the demo. Depending on location, a pod/screen may be available for better group viewing but is not guaranteed. Presenters may create handouts or informational resources to share with attendees. A station can be run by one or more individuals on one or more apps/software.


Workshops are usually interactive and guide attendees through the use of specific apps or software often around a specific goal (ex. Intro to Scrivener, Using captioning in Word, Editing graphs in illustrator, etc.). One or more presenters plan and lead the workshop. Presenters are encouraged to include online resources that attendees can reference on their own after the workshop.

Online resources:

You can also create an online resource we can link on the Graduate Writing Lab resources website. Currently we are looking for short 5 minute screen recordings of a presenter explaining why they like a tool for the type of work that graduate students do. We are not looking for how to demos, rather what about the software have you foudn beneficial to your work or do you think graduate students may find useful?




  • Online Resources

    The Graduate Writing Lab has compiled a selection of online resources relevant to the writing and communication needs of UVA Engineering graduate students.

    View Online Resources
  • Get Involved

    The Graduate Writing Lab provides a number of opportunities for faculty, post docs, and graduate students to get involved. Those with research or grant writing experience might considering being on a panel or leading a workshop. Future opportunities may exist for assisting with research projects, text cleaning, text analysis, qualitative coding, resource development, consultant training and more. See our current opportunities including position announcements by following the link below.

    See Current Opportunities