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

Research Ethics

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 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:

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

Science Writing 

  • 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

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.

CLIMB: Collaborative Learning and Integrated Mentoring in the Biosciences