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Academic Job Search: Crafting Persuasive Research Statements (PhDs & Postdocs)

When applying to faculty positions, your research statement must convince a hiring committee that your research is timely, important, feasible and fundable. Dr. Megan Shields Formato, of the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking, will review examples of successful research statements and lead exercises to help you explain your projects in concise, non-specialist language. This document is required at research-focused, and often also at teaching-focused universities. You will learn about what makes an effective statement and have the opportunity to get started on your own.

Storytelling in Science and the Path to the Popular Press

Want to write a non-fiction book for a popular audience? Interested in reaching beyond the academic community and sharing a story from your years of research? Publishing with apopular press is a challenging process and one distinctly different from the path to creating an academic book. Join author and Stanford Ph.D. graduate Lauren E. Oakes for a workshop on navigating the popular book-writing process for scholars, from idea to execution to publication and marketing. For the highly motivated faculty member, Ph.D. student, or postdoc with a book idea in mind.

Turbocharge Your Writing

Would you like to know the secret to high-output, low-stress scholarly writing? In academia, it is often assumed that writing comes naturally. However, an overwhelming body of research shows that there are very clear and practical strategies that can greatly increase your writing productivity.

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This workshop will help you to understand:

Turbocharge Your Writing: Deadline

Hugh Kearns is one of the world’s leading experts on graduate student success. He has written ten books on this topic and had three articles published in the journal Nature. He lectures at the top universities around the world and in March he returns to Stanford to provide proven strategies for turbocharging your writing.

This workshop will help you to understand:

Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students

This workshop describes the key habits that our research and experience with thousands of students shows will make a difference to how quickly and easily you complete your research degree. Just as importantly, these habits can greatly reduce the stress and increase the pleasure involved in completing a PhD.

Open and relevant to graduate students at any stage in any discipline or degree. Space is limited.

Fellows Forum: Writing Habits and Process: Getting Your Research Out There

Do you want your work to reach beyond your immediate academic community? This Forum focuses on writing about your research in a variety of settings and contexts including media, blogs, websites, and other outlets. You’ll learn tips for optimizing your writing productivity and explore ways of communicating your scholarly work through narratives accessible to a broader public.

Lauren E. Oakes, PhD '15, Lecturer, Program in Writing and Rhetoric & School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Science

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