Graduate programs and academic advisors provide graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with foundational research skills. Below are additional resources and opportunities that can help graduate students and postdoctoral fellows develop their capacities to conduct original, ethical and reproducible research.
Northwestern University Libraries
- Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training
- Taking Responsibility for Responsible Conduct of Research(NUCATS training for early career faculty and postdoctoral fellows with NIH funding)
Digital research tools
Literacies (digital, quantitative, narrative)
- myDATA: Preparing Science PhDs for Careers in a Data-Driven World
Communication (written and oral)
Writing and presenting research are central to both creating and disseminating knowledge. Northwestern offers many opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to develop their capacities for writing, speaking and presenting.
Writing support for all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows
The Graduate Writing Place
The Graduate Writing Place provides writers with a venue to discuss aspects of writing and the writing process that are unique to advanced work in academia. The Graduate Writing Place offers many resources and educational opportunities:
- Individual Writing Consultations
- Graduate Writing Workshops
- Interdisciplinary Writing Groups
- Dissertation Bootcamp
Grant and fellowship proposal writing
- The Office of Fellowships supports students applying for external funding through workshops and one-on-one consultations
- The Graduate School Proposal Writing Workshops
- HELIX Magazine offers opportunities for Northwestern graduate and postdoctoral researchers to write and publish for a general audience
- Skills and Careers in Science Writing Course: In this 10-week seminar, PhD students in science and engineering fields hone their writing skills through authentic writing assignments for general readers.
Oral communication and presentation skills
- Ready Set Go: Research Communication Seminar: This seminar taught by communication experts trains graduate students to present their research to interdisciplinary audiences
English language learners
- English Language Programs provides English language training, orientation, and testing for international graduate students and scholars, in order to help them improve their ability to communicate in the classroom and beyond.