Writing Workshop for Junior Researchers 2024

Friday, July 19, 2024 to Sunday, August 4, 2024
Friday, July 19 & Friday, July 26 prior to JSM On-Line &
Sunday, August 4, 2024 in-person at JSM in Portland, OR!

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 Fridays 7/19 and 7/26, and an in-person session at JSM to be held on Sunday, August 4, 2024.  Support is also provided by the ASA, CANSSI, CWStat, IMS, WNAR 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 must 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! You will not be asked to pay for the course ($250 USD) until after you have been accepted. To be considered for any reimbursement, you must complete the two on-line course days (July 19 & 26). The August 4 date is optional and not required for course completion status; as we understand not everyone will be attending JSM.

Pre-Registration Deadline: June 30, 2024

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 30, 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. We are offering a tutorial on ChatGPT and how it may be adopted by statisticians to help with writing at JSM 2024. For career development, speakers will not only share their experiences with writing but also address the impact of AI on writing and our profession as they see it.

“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 2017-2024 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.

Draft Agenda

Friday, July 19, 2024

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
11:25 am – 12:15 pm
Tutorial 2: Choosing Where to Publish
Nicholas Jewell, University of California, Berkeley
12:15 – 1:15 pm
Virtual Lunch
Mentor & Mentee Meetings in Breakout rooms & agree to use the 3:30 time if needed
1:15 am – 2:45 pm
Panel 1: Grant Writing
Moderator: Toryn Schafer, Texas A&M University
Cheryl Eavey, NSF SBE Program Director
David Dunson, Duke University
Jun Zhu, University of Wisconsin, Madison
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
Zoom Breakout Rooms

Friday, July 26, 2024

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
10:15 – 12:15 pm
Panel 2: Statistics and Data Science Journals
Moderator: Daniel Kowal, Rice University
Rebecca Hubbard, University of Penn, Biostatistics Co-Editor and NEJM Statistical Editor
Bill Rosenberger, George Mason University, Biometrics Co-Editor
Michael Stein, Rutgers, JASA ACS editor
12:15 – 1:15 pm
Virtual Lunch
Mentor & Mentee Meetings in Breakout rooms
1:25 – 2:15 pm
Tutorial 5: Ethical Issues and Reproducibility
Peter Imrey, Cleveland Clinic LCM
2:15 – 3:00 pm
Break-out Group Discussion
3:00 – 3:30 pm
Happy Hour (BYOB) and hang out in the classroom to swap email and contact information. 

Sunday, August 4, 2024 (in-person at JSM)

8:00 am – 8:30 am
Coffee, and Introductions
8:30 am – 10:15 am
Tutorial 6: An Introduction to ChatGPT
Didong Li, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
10:15 am – 11:45 am
Panel 3: Speaking from Experiences and Career Development
Moderator: David S. Matteson, NISS & Cornell University
John Aston, University of Cambridge
David Banks, Duke University
Edsel Peña, University of South Carolina
Bin Yu, University of California, Berkeley
11:45 am – noon
Discussion, Evaluation and Certificates




Thank you to our Sponsors for this year's Writing Workshop 2024!



















Event Type




American Statistical Association
Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute
Caucus for Women in Statistics & Data Science
Institute of Mathematical Statistics
International Biometric Society
RTI International
National Science Foundation