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2023 NISS Writing Workshop for Junior Researchers on July 29, August 5 and 7

  • 1.  2023 NISS Writing Workshop for Junior Researchers on July 29, August 5 and 7

    Posted 14 days ago

    Once again, this very popular workshop for junior researchers will be hosted by NISS. This year the 2023 NISS Writing Workshop will be hybrid with virtual lectures and meetings with your mentor before the JSM on Friday, 7/21 and 7/28, and an optional wrap-up networking meeting on Sunday morning, 8/6 at JSM in Toronto, Canada. NSF, ASA, CANSSI, IMS, and WNAR also provide support.

    If you are a recent graduate of a doctoral program and want to improve your communication skills, 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."


    The workshop is designed for researchers with a Ph.D. awarded or anticipated during 2017-2023 in statistics, biostatistics, or related field. Attendance in the Writing Workshop will be limited, and applicants within 6 years' post-PhD and members of the participating societies will receive preference.


    The workshop aims 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 critique the submitted material and provide individual feedback. Participants will be expected to initiate a revision in response to additional feedback from their mentors. The 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."


    The workshop covers the principle and advice for scientific writing in statistics and data science, as well as how to organize a paper and how to write a collaborative 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. 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."


    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 submitting your paper on the registration form, please send a PDF or Word version to after completing the registration form. Thank you!

    Pre-Registration Deadline: June 30, 2023


    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 be asked to pay the $250 registration fee after being accepted. You will be notified a few days after the deadline. Funds have been secured for eligible participants without their funding, and registration (and travel and housing costs if in-person) can be reimbursed for those who complete the program.


    Naomi Altman (Professor Emeritus of Statistics, Pennsylvania 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)
    Nicholas Jewell (Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
    Galin Jones (Professor and Director of the School of Statistics, University of Minnesota; Co-Editor for Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics)
    Nicole Lazar (Professor of Statistics, The Pennsylvania State University; Past Editor-in-Chief of The American Statistician)
    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)
    James Rosenberger (Director, National Institute of Statistical Sciences)
    William Rosenberger (University Professor of Statistics, George Mason University; North American Editor of Biometrics)

    More mentors and speakers will be added to this list after they confirm their participation! 

    Lingzhou Xue
    Penn State University