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SPH Writing Support Services: Getting Started: Writing in the Sciences

Getting started with SPH Writing Support Services

UTHealth School of Public Health Writing Resources

UTHealth School of Public Health has compiled a list of schools and online resources that provide writing instruction to enhance or improve your writing skills.

Guides for the Culminating Experience, Thesis, and Dissertation

1. The Office of Academic Affairs & Student Services at UTHealth School of Public Health provides guides and templates to help facilitate student research.

PDF versions of each guide and MS Word documents for each template are included below:

2. The Penn State Graduate Writing Center has also developed several resources related to writing conference, dissertation, and thesis proposals.

PDF and PPT versions of relevant workshops are included below:

Seminars & Workshops

The Office of Academic Affairs & Student Services at UTHealth School of Public Health hosts the following seminars to help facilitate student research.

1. IRB Basics Seminar: This seminar will help to demystify the process for obtaining IRB approval on your written culminating experience, thesis, or dissertation project. 

2. Research Proposal Development Seminar: This seminar will help you identify a research project, assemble your research committee, and prepare your research proposal.

Reading a Scientific Article

These online guides explain how to read a scientific article:

Scientific Writing

The following resources are specifically designed to help you improve your scientific writing skills.

1. Lectures/online courses/video tutorials on scientific writing:

2. Guides/handbooks/handouts on scientific writing skills:

3. Celia M. Elliot, a science writer/technical editor in the Department of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has compiled several "Resources for Proposal Writers" (e.g., "Writing Winning Proposals: The Heilmeier Catechism") and "Resources for Technical Writers and Students" (e.g., "Revising Technical Manuscripts to Improve Coherence, Clarity & Conciseness").

Science Writing

Not to be confused with scientific writing -- which is technical writing about science for scientists or other specialists -- science writing is popular writing about science for general readers. Science writers play a critical role by "translating" scientific expertise for non-scientists and non-specialists, that is, by contextualizing, interpreting, and explaining science to inform the lay public.

The following Web sites focus on science writing, and those related to awards periodically provide samples from winners and finalists:


SRs: Systematic Reviews

American Medical Writers Association (AMWA)

The American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) is "the leading professional organization for writers, editors, and other communicators of medical information." AMWA provides educational and professional resources designed to promote excellence in medical communication.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides a myriad of instructional guides on topics that will help you in graduate school including: