Events to develop graduate engineering writing and presentation skills

The Graduate Writing Lab offers workshops, showcases and other events on communication topics relevant to UVA Engineering graduate students and postdocs.


see Graduate Writing Lab Events for UVA ENGR Grad Students on a Google Calendar and library, PhD Plus & other UVA events here . Note that WriteHere! has its own calendar due to the frequency & nature of the offering. Also see the library data services workshops for series on R, python, writing tools, data visualization, survey design, and more.

Upcoming Events

  • WriteHere!

    focused writing sessions | show up every week or every once in a while


    Join us for focused writing sessions Monday-Thursday afternoons to develop a writing habit and make progress toward your writing goals through cycles of 25 minutes writing & 5 minute breaks. No registration required; come every week or every once in a while. Fill your punchcard and earn a prize. For engineering grad students & postdocs. Engineering faculty & staff welcome to attend if space allows.

    more info & full schedule
  • Midday Games- Snack & Play

    Midday Games- Snack & Play

    12:30-2:30pm Thurs. Dec. 5 | Rodman Room (Thornton A207)


    Join us for snacks, language-based board games, and scicomm games. You may even learn about GWL spring offerings. We will have some games, but you are welcome to bring more.

Past Events

  • GRFP Editing Swap- GWL GRFP Series

    4pm Thurs. Oct. 10 | Brown Science & Engineering Library 133


    Bring your NSF GRFP application essay drafts to this editing swap to give and receive surface level editing feedback and notes. Attendees should bring 2 paper copies of their application essays and pen/pencil to the event. Attendees will exchange papers and given written corrections and notes on one another's drafts before having brief explanatory conversations. The event is expected to focus on late stage editing, minor corrections, formatting improvements, and targeted feedback suggestions in preparation for the midOctober deadline.

    All attendees will be expected to bring drafts and to give corrections and feedback on the drafts of others. GRFP Mentors will be on hand for questions.

    Details & Registration
  • Writing Management Tools Showcase

    Thurs. Sept. 19, 1-2pm | Rodman Room (Thornton A 207)


    Need a way to keep track of all those pdfs? Wish you had software that made dissertation writing easier? Tired of struggling with Word? Then stop by this software showcase and explore your options. See software first hand and talk to people who actually use it and find out about upcoming how to trainings and resources.

    organizer: Natalie Thompson, Graduate Writing Lab

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  • Intro to the NSF GRFP and Grad Fellowships- GWL GRFP Series

    3pm Tues. Sept. 10 | Rodman Room (Thornton A207)


    This presentation will introduce students to the basics of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program & its application process. Additional fellowships and search, resources, and basic tips for grad fellowships relevant to early grad engineering students will also be touched on. If you are a new domestic UVA engineering graduate student in a research degree (MS/PhD), consider attending this workshop to see how you might be able to apply for this or other prestigious fellowships. Primarily for 1st & 2nd yr UVA Engineering grad students, but advanced engineering graduate students, engineering faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Grad students outside of engineering can attend if space permits.

    Details & Registration
  • Optimizing Feedback- WriteOn! Summer Series

    Thurs. May 30, 10am-11am | Wilsdorf 200


    Feedback on your work is a critical part of academia, engineering and science. Join us as we go over types, sources, and stages of feedback and some practical ways to make it work for you. This work shop focus most on feedback for writing, presentations and posters but principals can be applied to other areas as well. Register online

    Details & registration
  • Planning for Productivity- WriteOn! Summer Series

    Tues. May 21, 2-3pm | Wilsdorf 200


    Planning to get some work done this summer? Join us for tips on planning your summer writing, presentations and posters. This hands on workshop includes goal setting, analogue and digital tracking, accountability, motivators, ways to break down large projects into scheduled manageable goals, keeping track of all those papers you should be writing, and more. Get your card stamped at this event. Register online

    details & registration
  • Word Choice in Research Writing

    2-3:30pm Wed. Apr. 3 | Rodman Room (Thornton A207)


    An interactive workshop about word choice in graduate academic writing. The workshop was designed for students whose first language is not English but aspects may be helpful for all. Register online

    Learn more & register
  • Clarity - Strategies for Revising Scientific Writing

    with Nathan Sheffield, PhD | 2-3:30pm Mon. March 4 | Eichenthal Room (Thornton B228A)


    Come learn strategies for improving clarity in your scientific writing. The workshop offers an intro to the strategies through a presentation with examples from published writing and an opportunity to apply these strategies to revising your own work or working in peer review.

    Monday March 4th, 2pm-3:30pm, Thornton B228A (Eichenthal Room) | A Graduate Wriiting Lab Workshop

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  • Sentence Structure and Punctuation Refresher

    2-3:30pm Thur. Feb 28 | Rodman Room (Thornton A207)


    A hands-on workshop that sorts out common sentence level issues. Is it that or which? Do I need a comma here? When can I use a semicolon? What’s a comma splice? A dangling what? Clear up your writing by editing for sentence level issues. You can bring work to edit during the workshop. Register online

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  • PhD+: The Role of Stories in Research Communication (Part 4)

    3-4:30pm Thurs. Nov. 29 | New Cabell 504


    Part 4 of a 4-part workshop series offering exposure to specific strategies and skills for effectively communication of research with audiences outside your immediate discipline. Increase awareness of different audiences, Learn specific techniques to communicate research, Work with students from other disciplines, & Prepare to engage with future employers or investors - more about PHD+

     

    Register Online
  • PhD+: Presence and Presentation (Part 3)

    3-4:30pm Thurs. Nov.15 | New Cabell 504


    Part 3 of a 4-part workshop series offering exposure to specific strategies and skills for effectively communication of research with audiences outside your immediate discipline. Increase awareness of different audiences, Learn specific techniques to communicate research, Work with students from other disciplines, & Prepare to engage with future employers or investors - more about PHD+

     

    Register Online
  • Clarity - 4 Strategies for Revising Scientific Writing

    with Nathan Sheffield, PhD | 2-3:30pm Thurs. Nov. 15 | Rodman Room (Thornton A207)


    Come learn 4 strategies for improving clarity in your scientific writing. The workshop offers an intro to the strategies through a presentation with examples from published writing and an opportunity to apply these strategies to revising your own work or working in peer review.

    Thursday November 15 2pm-3:30pm, Thornton A 207 | A Graduate Wriiting Lab Workshop

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  • PhD+: PowerPoint Strategies for Communicating Research (Part 2)

    3-4:30pm Thurs. Nov.8 | New Cabell 504


    Part 2 of a 4-part workshop series offering exposure to specific strategies and skills for effectively communication of research with audiences outside your immediate discipline. Increase awareness of different audiences, Learn specific techniques to communicate research, Work with students from other disciplines, & Prepare to engage with future employers or investors - more about PHD+

     

    Register Online
  • PhD+: Building Analogies to Explain your Research (Part 1)

    3-4:30pm Thurs. Nov.1 | New Cabell 504


    Part 1 of a 4-part workshop series offering exposure to specific strategies and skills for effectively communication of research with audiences outside your immediate discipline. Increase awareness of different audiences, Learn specific techniques to communicate research, Work with students from other disciplines, & Prepare to engage with future employers or investors - more about PHD+

    Register Online
  • NSF Workshop Series: Session 3- Complete Application Review

    organized by Keisha John, PhD | 12-5pm (10 minute appointments) Fri. Oct 12 | New Cabell Hall (various rooms)


    Discuss the review of your complete application by faculty members and current NSF Graduate Research Fellows. Each participant will be assigned a 10-minute appointment to receive verbal and written feedback on their application. Note: You need to have participated in session 2 and have sent your complete draft and a CV/resume, to keishajohn@virginia.edu by 5pm on Thursday, October 4 to attend this session. Each application is reviewed by faculty members and experienced NSF GRF recipients in preparation for this final session. 

     

    A National Science Foundation Series Workshop

    This workshop series includes three sessions intended to help eligible applicants learn about the fellowship and craft competitive applications, with individual feedback offered by experienced faculty and NSF GRFP recipients.  The goal of the series is for applicants to have a completed application by mid-October, with time before the final deadline to make additional edits (See here for the list of deadlines and eligibility information:  https://www.nsfgrfp.org/applicants/important_dates).   

    Organizer: Keisha John, PhD  | Director of Diversity Programs, Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

    10 minute appointments between noon and 5:00pm | Oct. 12 | New Cabell Hall (various rooms)

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  • Graduate Fellowship Student Panel: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP)

    with past award winners | 2:30-3:30pm Mon. Sept. 24 | Wilsdorf 200


    Hear from engineering graduate students who have applied for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) and won or recieved honorable mention. Learn from their experiences, get advice and ask questions. Discussion may be applicable to other fellowships as well. Questions may be submitted in advance here or asked at the panel. No registration required but attendees are asked to sign in at the event.

    2:30-3:30pm Mon. Sept. 24 | presenters: NSF Graduate Research Fellows from Engineering | Wilsdorf 200

  • Intro to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

    with Professor John R. Scully | Thur., Sept. 20, 1:30pm-2:30pm | Wilsdorf 200


    Come learn about the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) and how to apply. This opportunity to increase your stipend to $34,000/year and earn a pretigious fellowship is open 1st and 2nd year engineering graduate students who are US citizens, nationals or permanent residents. 

    Wilsdorf 200, Thursday. Sept. 20, 1:30-2:30pm | presenter: Professor John R. Scully, MSE

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  • Writing Management Tools Showcase

    Wed. Sept. 19, 3-4pm | Rice 011


    Need a way to keep track of all those pdfs? Wish you had software that made dissertation writing easier? Tired of struggling with Word? Then stop by this software showcase and explore your options. See software first hand and talk to people who actually use it and find out about upcoming how to trainings and resources.

    Rice 011, Wed. Sept. 19, 3-4pm. |. organizer: Christian Howard, Graduate Writing Lab

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  • NSF Workshop Series: Session 2- Draft Writing Workshop

    with Keisha John, PhD | 4pm Thur. Sept 13 | Robertson Hall 221 (McIntire School)


    Attend this session to learn everything you need to know to draft a full application. Over the course of the meeting, we will go over each section of the application in detail (the information form, the personal statement, and the proposal), and will provide tips for how to make each section resonate with reviewers. We will focus on strategies for persuading reviewers to fund your proposal through your stated broader impacts, intellectual merits, and the personal statement. Although the application does not explicitly ask for a CV or resume, the session will also help you think strategically about how to incorporate information from these documents into your proposal. 

    Following session 2, prospective applicants should draft their applications and send the complete draft and a CV/resume, to keishajohn@virginia.edu by 5pm on Thursday, October 4.  Each application will then be reviewed by faculty members and experienced NSF GRF recipients in preparation for the final session. 

     

    A National Science Foundation Series Workshop

    This workshop series includes three sessions intended to help eligible applicants learn about the fellowship and craft competitive applications, with individual feedback offered by experienced faculty and NSF GRFP recipients.  The goal of the series is for applicants to have a completed application by mid-October, with time before the final deadline to make additional edits (See here for the list of deadlines and eligibility information:  https://www.nsfgrfp.org/applicants/important_dates).   

    Presenter: Keisha John, PhD | Director of Diversity Programs, Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

    4:00-5:00pm | Sept. 13 | Robertson Hall 221 (McIntire School)

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  • Writing an Effective NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Proposal (Webinar)

    3:30-5:30pm, Thurs. Sept. 13 | Online, register by Sept. 11


    This national workshop includes two recorded videos and a live interactive webinar. After registering, participants are given access to a video introduction to the GRFP to watch prior to the Sept. 13th webinar. After the webinar led by past award winners, participants are provided with a video on addressing broader impacts. Register by Sept. 11th through CIRTL.

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  • NSF Workshop Series: Session 1- Introduction

    with Keisha John, PhD | 4pm Wed. Sept 5 | Robertson Hall 221 (McIntire School)


    This session will include an overview of the fellowship as well as an informational panel with current UVA NSF GRF recipients. 

    An National Science Foundation Series Workshop

    This workshop series includes three sessions intended to help eligible applicants learn about the fellowship and craft competitive applications, with individual feedback offered by experienced faculty and NSF GRFP recipients.  The goal of the series is for applicants to have a completed application by mid-October, with time before the final deadline to make additional edits (See here for the list of deadlines and eligibility information:  https://www.nsfgrfp.org/applicants/important_dates).   

    Presenter: Keisha John, PhD | Director of Diversity Programs, Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

    4:00-5:00pm | Sept. 5 | Robertson Hall 221 (McIntire School)

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  • June Jump Start

    Write Here! Tues. afternoons & Thurs. morning/midday in June


    Need to get that paper out? Make progress on your thesis or dissertation? Prepare that fellowship app? Join us for the June Jump Start, a series of structured writing sessions to help you make progress on your summer writing goals. Each Tuesday & Thursday join us for goal setting & writing sessions in person or online.

    Tuesdays: June 5, 19 1:30-3:30pm (2 hour sessions); June 12, 26 12:30-3pm (2.5 hour sessions)

    Thursdays: June 7, 14 10am-12pm (2 hour sessions); June 21-28 9:30am-12pm (2.5 hour sessions)

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  • Writing and Reference Management Software Showcase

    Th. May 31, 11am-1pm | Rice 011


    Need a way to keep track of all those pdfs? Wish you had software that made dissertation writing easier? Tired of struggling with Word? Then stop by this software showcase and explore your options. See software first hand and talk to people who actually use it.

    Rice 011, Thurs. May 31, 11am-1pm

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  • Data Visualization Workshop for Graduate Students

    w/Aaron Williams, Tues. April 10, 2018 | 3:30-5pm | Rodman Room, Thornton Hall


    Good data visualization doesn’t just mean pretty pictures, it’s an essential step in turning your research into a compelling message. Just like the text content of a poster or paper, visualizations should be tailored based on the audience and what you want to communicate. In this session we will have a crash course on the history of data visualization, the science behind it, and some practical examples of how to make your visualizations better. Bring your own data or use ours!

    3:30-5pm Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Rodman Room (Thornton Hall)

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  • Clarity - 4 Strategies for Revising Scientific Writing

    A Graduate Writing Lab Workshop with Nathan Sheffield, PhD | Mon. March 26, 1-3pm, Rice 011


    Join us for our first Graduate Writing Lab workshop. Come learn 4 strategies for improving clarity in your scientific writing. The first hour offers an intro to the strategies through a presentation with examples from published writing. During the second hour, attendees will apply these strategies to revising their own work.

    Monday March 26th 1pm-3pm, Rice 011

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  • 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.

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  • 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