Scientific Communication: Gerry Boss, M.D.

Objectives: Scholars will learn the fundamentals of clear scientific writing and oral presentation of scientific work. They will also learn how to write an NIH-style grant including all components of a grant.

Course Content

Topic Content


General principles of scientific writing and oral presentation

 Scientific Writing

Specific examples of good and bad writing; in-depth discussion of all parts of a scientific paper; scholars will be expected to write an abstract which will be reviewed in class.

Presentation Skills

Instruction in how to give oral presentations and how to prepare posters; scholars will give a 10-15 minute presentation to the class.

 Grant writing -A

Scholars will learn how to write a KO8 or K23 type NIH grant with detailed instruction in all parts of a grant.  Scholars will write a grant which will be reviewed by the instructor.

 Grant writing -B

Scholars will review a grant and will participate in a mock study section led by a faculty member.

Syllabus 2013