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OHSU provides resources to assist you in your proposal writing. The Career Resources Library holds a number of titles dedicated to scientific writing, such as Successful Scientific Writing and How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper. For a more interactive approach, enroll in the Vollum Scientific Writing Course.

Vollum Scientific Writing Program

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The Vollum Scientific Writing Course is an in-depth, 6-week professional science writing course open to OHSU graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty. The class uses short lectures, class discussion, and workshop-style writing assignments, as well as individual sessions, to help researchers learn to write better research articles and grants. The emphasis is on improving your writing style.


Topics include:

  • The basic elements of good scientific writing style, including sentence and document structure;
  • Insight into scientific conventions regarding grammar, punctuation, and usage;
  • Strategies for revising;
  • Dealing with writer's block and time management; and
  • Best practices for writing introductions, results, discussions, and grant proposals.
The course will help you improve your writing quickly by helping you understand the needs and expectations of different audiences. The course will also help you become a better editor and reviewer. Students are expected to spend time outside of class writing but only on grants and papers they are actually working on.In addition to the weekly workshop, you'll receive six individual meetings with the instructor. These meetings are tailored to your needs, with the goal of helping you finish manuscripts and grants.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this noncredit, professional development course, but you should not take the class unless you have enough data to write about.

When: Held quarterly in the winter, spring, summer, and fall. Each is a 6-week session, typically Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Individual meeting times arranged by appointment.

Location: Vollum 4M Conference Room

Register here.

Questions: E-mail