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Mentoring Science Writers

Friday, November 15 2013
@ 12:00 PM- 1:30 AM
Writing and publication are central to science research, but making the transition to becoming writers of science is a challenge for most research science students. Many science students have no venue in which to discuss scientific writing. This workshop explores the difficulties students face, and discusses what advisors and other mentors can do to help their students become proficient writers of science. It draws on the presenter's research into the writing lives of senior scientists, early career scientists, and graduate students in the US, England, and New Zealand. This workshop will be interactive; participants should leave with a better understanding of strategies they might use to mentor students.

Lunch will be provided. Please send dietary restriction to
Note: This event is for faculty only.

Dr. Emerson, an Associate Professor in the School of English and Media Studies at Massey University, New Zealand, is visiting as a Fulbright Senior Scholar, hosted by the WID program at the University of Vermont. She teaches science writing at undergraduate and graduate level, as well as publishing in the fields of science writing, writing in the disciplines, plagiarism, and New Zealand writing programs. She is an award winning teacher, and won the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary teaching in 2008.

Event details:

  • Contact: Kristen Cameron,, 802-656-1958
  • Facilitated By: Susanmarie Harrington, English; Writing in the Disciplines
  • Location: CTL Commons, 303 Bailey/Howe Library
  • Refreshments will be served. 1
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