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2018-Spring-Writing-Course - Application

Course Application: Skills & Careers in Science Writing (Spring 2018)

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. If you would like to apply in a later quarter, check back on the course homepage.

Applications for fall usually open in early August.

Thank you for your interest in the Skills and Careers in Science Writing course, offered by Science in Society, in partnership with The Graduate School and in association with faculty from Medill School of Journalism.

Course Credit:
Offered for zero credit, graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory

This course is underwritten by The Graduate School as an opportunity for professional development. Accepted Northwestern students will attend free of charge.

Classes run from 2-5pm on Mondays in spring quarter (beginning Monday 4/9/18) . Most weeks will include a core writing assignment/exercise, assigned readings and a guest speaker from a related profession. Students will need to bring a laptop to complete in-class writing exercises.

All classes take place on the Evanston campus.

Find out more on the course information page:

The application form includes a short essay and personal statement.
Please complete and save your essays in another file format (eg MS Word). YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SAVE A PARTIAL APPLICATION.

  • In around 800 words, describe your research and why it matters for a general, high-school-educated audience.
  • Tell us what you hope to gain from this course. (Maximum 200 words)

Applicants must be full-time, PhD-track STEM+ graduate students at Northwestern. Relevant fields of study include but are not limited to Anthropology, Chemistry, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Computer Science, Engineering, Life Sciences, Math, Physics and Psychology.

Usually 3rd and 4th year PhD students (as of September 2017) make up about 70% of accepted applicants, but others may apply.
At this time we are not considering applications from postdoctoral fellows or Master's degree students.


Click the "Next" button to begin your application.