Writing Workshop Planned for JSM 2014

The ASA, National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS), and Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) will hold a writing workshop for junior researchers (subject to the availability of funds) August 3 and 6 during JSM in Boston.

The goal of the workshop is to provide instruction for writing journal articles and grant proposals. Participants will be required to provide a recent sample of their writing, which will be reviewed by a senior mentor. The sample could be a current draft of an article to be submitted for publication, or it could be an early version of a grant proposal. Submission of the manuscript will be required as part of the registration process. Prior experience suggests the best results come from submitting an early draft of something written solely or primarily by the participant.

Mentors will be former journal editors and program officers, who will critique (a portion of) the submitted material. Individual feedback will be provided as part of the opening session, and participants will be expected to prepare a revision in response. The workshop will open with a one-day session of general instruction in effective writing techniques and close with discussion and debriefing at a follow-up lunch.

The full-day session is scheduled for August 3. At the close of the formal activities, mentors will meet individually with participants to go over the writing samples they submitted. Each participant will then prepare a revision of a critiqued portion of the paper and return this to the mentor by the evening of August 5. Mentors and participants will meet again in conjunction with a lunch on August 6 to discuss the success of the revisions. The lunch program also will include general feedback to participants, mentors, and organizers.

Attendance will be limited and depend on the number of mentors available. To apply, go to the registration page. Applications are due by June 1, and successful applicants will be notified by June 30. Applications received after June 1 will be considered if space is available. There is no fee for participation. Participants will receive lunch on August 3 and 6. Participants must agree to attend both the full-day session on August 3 and the lunch on August 6. Partial travel support also may be available.

This workshop is designed for researchers with a recent PhD in either statistics or biostatistics. Top priority will go to those who have held a PhD for fewer than three years. The limited available funding will be used to support attendance by researchers at U.S. institutions. Current PhD students who are completing their degree before the end of the summer and who will be at U.S. institutions in the fall will be considered. If space is available, researchers at institutions outside the United States will be admitted to the workshop, but will not be provided with travel support.

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