ASPIRE Module: Practical Strategies for Strong Writing

Kate Stuart
December 4, 2015

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The ASPIRE Modules are short, non-credit bearing electives that broaden the training experiences of biomedical sciences trainees. These elective modules provide efficient exposure to topics in three theme areas: Business/Entrepreneurship, Communication, and Clinical research.The ASPIRE Modules are optional and open to any biomedical sciences PhD student or postdoctoral fellow who wishes to take them to supplement their research training. Class size may be limited, however, and will vary by module. 

Module Title: Practical Strategies for Strong Writing

Directors: Gary Jaeger, Ph.D, Director and Jeffrey Shenton, Ph.D., Asst Dir. of the Writing Studio at Vanderbilt University

Time: 2 sessions, 1:30-3pm

  • Jan 19: Making the Argumentative Moves that Matter in Scientific Writing
  • Feb 2: Making the Moves that Matter one Sentence at a Time

Class size: 24 students

Registration requirement: 2-3 sentence interest statement

Registration deadline: December 23, 2015


In this module, experts from the Vanderbilt Writing Studio will teach scientists to become more effective writers. Sessions will focus on understanding reader expectations, foundational principles of argumentative structure, and writing cohesive paragraphs and sentences. Participants will write or edit an abstract of their own as an exercise. The practical strategies taught in this module can be applied to all types of documents, from grant applications to peer-reviewed manuscripts. Attendance is limited to 24 participants who can attend both sessions.