2020 NISS Writing Workshop for Junior Researchers (at JSM)

August 2 & 4, 2020

Please Note:  For planning purposes, this NISS hosted workshop WILL TAKE PLACE!  NISS plans to proceed virtually as JSM meetings have officially become a virtual meeting.

Also Note:  Depending on how JSM plans evolve, the days and meeting of the workshop may be adjusted.

Once again this very popular short course will be hosted by NISS.  If you are a recent graduate of a doctoral program and want to improve your communication skills - then this event is for you!

“Thanks for organizing the writing workshop! We are very glad that we attended the workshop. We learned a lot related to writing and got detailed comments on how to revise our papers. We are looking forward to other education programs provided by NISS.”  

Send in your application materials early!

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 15, with notification of acceptance on a rolling basis no later than June 30.

“The writing workshop was tremendously helpful! Thank you so much for organizing this workshop and helping us a lot. Thank you so much for sharing all the slides too. I am very grateful to take all advantages from NISS writing workshop.”

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.

“Thanks for your thorough guidance in the NISS Writing Workshop! I found that the one-to-one mentoring is very helpful for us to get insights into our shortcomings in academic writing. I really appreciate your work in organizing such a wonderful event.”

Target Audience 

The workshop is designed for researchers with a Ph.D. awarded or anticipated during 2014-2020 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

At the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Part I: Sunday, August 2, 2020   7:30 am-3:30 pm

Part II: Tuesday, August 4, 2020    7:30 am-10:30 am

Course Fees

Workshop applicants are asked to register online, submit their writing sample.  If your submission is accepted, to confirm your interest in participation by paying the $150 registration fee after you have been accepted.  Depending on the availability of funds, travel and housing costs may be partially reimbursed to those have been accepted. We strongly encourage workshop participants to also seek additional funding on their own.


Event Type


National Institute of Statistical Sciences


National Institute of Statistical Sciences
American Statistical Association
Institute for Mathematical Statistics




Pennsylvania Convention Center
Virtual Meetings
2020 NISS Writing Workshop for Junior Researchers - Sponsors
Susan Ellenberg speaking with 2019 workshop participants.
Getting comments regarding a paper in progress at the 2019 workshop.