2019 NISS Writing Workshop for Junior Researchers (at JSM)

July 28 & 30, 2019

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Course Objective

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 an early version of a grant proposal. Senior mentors will be former journal editors and program officers, who will critique the submitted material and provide individual feedback. Participants will be expected to initiate a revision in response with additional feedback from their mentors. Deadline for the Writing Workshop application submission is June 1, with notification of acceptances on a rolling basis no later than June 20.

Course Content

The workshop consists of two sessions plus a final meeting with the mentor. The Sunday tutorial is an all-day session that covers scientific writing, as well as how to organize a paper. It also discusses ethical issues, writing grant proposals and issues of journal choice and understanding and responding to reviewers’ comments. At the end of this session, each participant meets with the mentor who analyzed a paper the participant submitted prior to JSM. The Tuesday session focuses on the specific issues covering the writing process and details of grammar, sentence structure and word choice, especially helpful for participants whose native language is not English. A panel of senior researchers will discuss their experiences with technical writing in English.

Target Audience 

The workshop is designed for researchers with a Ph.D. awarded or anticipated during 2013-2019 in statistics, biostatistics or related field. Attendance at the Writing Workshop will be limited and applicants within 0-6 years’ post-PhD and members of the participating societies will receive preference.  See testimonials from the evaluation at last year's event.

How to Register

You can register by clicking on the link just ahead, but, please note that you will need to submit a copy of your writing sample during this online registration.  To register, click on the Pre-Registration Information Webform.  Please answer all questions!  All submitted material will be handled confidentially!   If you have trouble with the submission of your paper on the registration form, please send a PDF or Word version to officeadmin@niss.org after you have completed the entire registration form. Thank you!

Course Schedule

Date Time  Location
Part I: Sunday, July 28, 2019 7:30 am-3:30 pm

Convention Center, Denver Colorado

Part II: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 7:30 am-10:30 am

Convention Center, Denver Colorado

Course Fees

Workshop applicants are asked to register online, submit their writing sample, and if your submission is accepted, to confirm your interest in participation by paying the $100 registration fee.  Depending on the availability of funds, travel and housing costs may be partially reimbursed to those accepted. We strongly encourage workshop participants to also seek additional funding on their own.


Here is the list of the confirmed speakers and mentors for 2019 Writing Workshop!

  • Naomi S. Altman (Professor of Statistics, Pennsylvania State University) ​
  • Keith Crank (Program Officer at the National Science Foundation, retired)
  • Cheryl Eavey (Program Director for Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics​ at SBE, National Science Foundation)
  • Susan S. Ellenberg (Professor of Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine)
  • Daniel L. Gillen (NIH BMRD Study Section Chair, Chair and Professor of Statistics, University of California, Irvine) 
  • Xuming He (Chair and H.C. Carver Professor of Statistics, University of Michigan) 
  • Tim Hesterberg (Senior Statistician, Google)
  • Peter Imrey (Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic) 
  • Nicholas P. Jewell (Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) 
  • Nicole Lazar (Professor of Statistics, University of Georgia) 
  • Edsel A. Pena (Professor of Statistics, University of South Carolina) 
  • David M. Rocke (Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics, University of California, Davis)  
  • Ali Shojaie (Associate Professor of Biostatistics, University of Washington)
  • Aleksandra Slavković (Professor of Statistics and Associate Dean, Pennsylvania State University)
  • Hal S. Stern (Chancellor's Professor of Statistics, University of California, Irvine)
  • Branislav Vidakovic (Program Director for Statistics at MPS/DMS, National Science Foundation; Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology) 
  • Leland Wilkinson (Chief Scientist, H2O.ai and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Chicago) 
  • Tian Zheng (Professor of Statistics and Associate Director for Education​​ of the Data Science Institute, Columbia University)
Registration is not available.

Event Type


National Institute of Statistical Sciences


American Statistical Association (ASA)
Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS)
Eastern North American Region - International Biometric Society (ENAR)
Western North American Region - International Biometric Society (WNAR)
Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI)
International Chinese Statistical Association (ISCA)
Korean International Statistical Society (KISS)
International Indian Statistical Association (IISA)




Denver Convention Center
United States