2022 NISS Writing Workshop for Junior Researchers

July 29, August 5 and 7, 2022

Once again this very popular short course will be hosted by NISS. This year it will be hybrid with virtual lectures and meetings with your mentor prior to the JSM on Friday 7/29 and 8/5, and a wrap-up in-person meeting on Sunday 8/7 at JSM.  Support is also provided by the ASA and other sponsoring statistical organizations.  If you are a recent graduate of a doctoral program and want to improve your communication skills - then this event is for you!

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. This submission should be much more than simply an abstract. To register, click on the (Pre-Registration Information Webform) and 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!

NEW Pre-Registration Deadline: July 10, 2022

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.

Course Objective

The goal of the workshop is to provide instruction for junior researchers 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 20, with notification of acceptance soon thereafter.

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 first day 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. During this session, each participant meets with the mentor who analyzed a paper the participant submitted prior to JSM. The second 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 2016-2022 in statistics, biostatistics or related field. Attendance at the Writing Workshop will be limited and applicants within 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.  This submission should be much more than simply an abstractTo register, click on the (Pre-Registration Information Webform) and 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!

NEW Pre-Registration Deadline: July 10, 2022

Course Fees

Workshop applicants are asked to first register online by submitting their writing sample using the form above. If your submission is accepted, to confirm your interest in participation you will then be asked to pay the $150 registration fee after you have been accepted. You will be notified a few days after the deadline. Funds have been secured for eligible participants without their own funding and registration (and travel and housing costs if in-person) can be reimbursed for those who complete the program.

Accepted Applicants: Will need to pay the $150 Registration Fee


Agenda

 

Writing Workshop Schedule

Friday, July 29th, 2022

10:00 am Eastern Time    Zoom Room will be open

10:15 – 10:30 am        Opening Remarks and Introductions

10:30 – 11:20 am        Tutorial 1: Writing Well as an Act of Kindness for Our Students and Colleagues

Donald Richards (Penn State University)

11:20 – 11:25 am        Coffee Break

11:25 am – 12:15 pm        Tutorial 2: Choosing Where to Publish

Nicholas Jewell (University of California, Berkeley & London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)

12:15 – 1:15 pm        Virtual Lunch (Mentor & Mentee Meetings in Breakout rooms) - Mentors meet mentee(s) and agree to use the 3:30 time if needed.

1:15 – 2:45 pm         Panel 1: Statistics and Data Science Journals

Xuming He (University of Michigan, JASA Past Co-Editor) 
Karen Kafadar (University of Virginia, AoAS Past Editor-in-Chief)
Galin Jones (University of Minnesota, JCGS Co-Editor)
Nicole Lazar (Penn State University, TAS Past Editor-in-Chief)
William Rosenberger (George Mason University, Biometrics Co-Editor) 
Moderator: Lingzhou Xue

2:45 – 3:30 pm         Tutorial 3: Reviewing and Revising 

Naomi Altman (Penn State University)

3:30 – 4:15 pm     Optional Mentor and Mentee follow-up meetings in Breakout rooms 


Friday, August 5th, 2022

10:00 am Eastern Time    Zoom Room will be open

10:15 – 10:45 am        Tutorial 4: How to Write a Collaborative Paper

Susan Ellenberg (University of Pennsylvania)

10:45 am – 12:15 pm         Panel 2: Grant Writing

Cheryl Eavey (NSF SBE Program Director)
Shuangge Ma (NIH BMRD Study Section Chair & Yale University) 
Edsel Peña (NSF DMS Statistics Program Director & University of South Carolina)
Moderator: Keith Crank 

12:15 – 1:15 pm        Virtual Lunch (Mentor & Mentee Meetings in Breakout rooms)

1:15 – 1:25 pm        Coffee Break

1:25 – 2:15 pm         Tutorial 5: Ethical Issues and Reproducibility 

Peter Imrey (Cleveland Clinic)

2:15 – 3:30 pm    Happy Hour (BYOB) and hang out in the Classroom to swap email and contact information.


Sunday, August 7th, 2022  (AT JSM: Marriott Marquis, Supreme Court Room and same Zoom link)

8:00 – 8:15 am        Coffee

8:15 – 8:45 am        Tutorial 6: How to Get Started and Avoid Writer’s Block

Regina Nuzzo (Gallaudet University)

8:45 – 10:15 am        Panel 3: Speaking from Experiences and Career Development

Ali Shojaie (University of Washington) 
Judy Wang (NSF DMS Statistics Program Director & George Washington University)
Edsel Pena (NSF DMS  Statistics Program Director & University of South Carolina)
Susan Ellenberg (University of Pennsylvania)
Moderator: Jim Rosenberger

10:15 – 10:30 am        Discussion, Evaluation and Certificates

10:30 - 12 noon  Brunch

Networking Event Including Previous Virtual Writing Workshop Attendees from 2020 & 2021!


List of Session Speakers / Mentors confirmed for 2022!

Jim Albert (Emeritus Distinguished University Professor of Statistics, Bowling Green State University)
Naomi Altman (Penn State University)
Angela Dean (Professor Emeritus of Statistics, The Ohio State University)
Cheryl Eavey (Program Director at SBE/MMS, National Science Foundation)
Susan Ellenberg (Emerita Professor of Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine)
Xuming He (Chair and H.C. Carver Professor of Statistics, University of Michigan; Past Co-Editor of Journal of the American Statistical Association)
Gabriel Huerta (Statistician, Sandia National Laboratories)
Peter Imrey (Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic)
Nicholas Jewell (Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
Jiming Jiang (Professor of Statistics, University of California, Davis)
Galin Jones (Professor and Director of the School of Statistics, University of Minnesota; Co-Editor for Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics)
Karen Kafadar (Commonwealth Professor and Chair of Statistics, University of Virginia; Past Editor-in-Chief of The Annals of Applied Statistics)
Nicole Lazar (Professor of Statistics, The Pennsylvania State University; Past Editor-in-Chief of The American Statistician)
Shuangge Steven Ma (NIH BMRD Study Section Chair; Interim Department Chair and Professor of Biostatistics, Yale School of Public Health)
Regina Nuzzo (Gallaudet University)
Edsel Pena (Program Director for Statistics at MPS/DMS, National Science Foundation; Professor of Statistics, University of South Carolina)
Donald Richards (Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Statistics, The Pennsylvania State University)
David Rocke (Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics, University of California, Davis)
James Rosenberger (Director, National Institute of Statistical Sciences)
William Rosenberger (University Professor of Statistics, George Mason University; North American Editor of Biometrics)
Ali Shojaie (University of Washington) 
Lingzhou Xue (Associate Professor of Statistics, The Pennsylvania State University; Associate Director, NISS)
Judy Wang (NSF DMS Statistics Program Director & George Washington University)

 

Event Type

Host

National Institute of Statistical Sciences

Sponsor

American Statistical Association (ASA)
Caucus for Women in Statistics (CWStat)
Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI)

Cost

$150 registration fee - after you have been accepted

Location

Online Webinars and Workshops