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An essential part of scientific training is learning to communicate new findings in manuscripts and theses. But access to scientific writing training, mentoring, and support varies widely, and many early career scientists report a need for more intensive help in developing their skills.

As part of a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Guidance for Trainees Grant, the Genetics Society of America and BioKansas have designed a program to provide early career scientists with experience in how to navigate the process of scientific writing—specifically manuscript preparation and thesis writing, delivered using a virtual platform. This enables participation regardless of institutional barriers, geographic location, family care responsibilities, or financial limitations. 

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Who is the course for?

This program is designed to be a new model of scientific writing training for graduate students, postdocs, and newly appointed faculty. The training will be provided virtually through multiple tracks to meet the individual needs of participants. The program provides valuable training and practical experience on how to navigate the process of scientific writing, time management, goal setting, data management, data visualization and more.

Program Tracks

Graduate students often report a lack of support related to the writing of their thesis. These concerns range from poor project planning skills, insufficient prioritization, limited mentor support, to inadequate writing abilities. This track uses a community centered approach to support graduate students through the thesis writing process.

Audience: 2nd & 3rd year graduate students

Duration: multi-year

A strong publication record is essential for the attainment of grant funding and tenure track faculty positions. To successfully transition to independence from a postdoc position requires a strong foundation of skills, including manuscript writing. Through this track participants are equipped with the necessary skills to efficiently move their discoveries from the research bench to publication.

Audience: Senior graduate students & postdocs

Duration: 4 months

The challenges encountered by scientists vary over the span of their careers. One consistent challenge is often lack of time or poor time management, which impacts the ability to move research findings to publication. Through this track, participants utilize a community-based accountability network to efficiently complete manuscripts for publication.

Audience: Postdocs and early career faculty

Duration: 2.5 months

This two-part abbreviated workshop series provides early career scientists with a deeper understanding of how to create effective visualizations for their data and improve their manuscript drafts.

Audience: Graduate students and postdocs

Duration: 5 hours

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2022 BioKansas Scientific Writing Scholars

Kyle Apley

University of Kansas

Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Alice Bedois

Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Developmental Biology

Danielson Baia Amaral

Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Developmental Biology

Juliana Camargo, PhD, MPH

University of Kansas Medical Center

Urology, Dietetics, and Nutrition

Kalin Baca

University of Kansas

Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Gabriel da Silva Pescador

Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Developmental Biology

Rex W. Hafanstine

Wichita State University

Biomedical Engineering

Anika James

University of Kansas

Molecular Biosciences

Nuria Lara, PhD

University of Missouri – Kansas City

Oral and Craniofacial Sciences

Allysa McCormick

Kansas State University

Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology

Dennis Perez-Lopez

University of Missouri – Columbia

Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Soumyadev Sarkar, PhD

Kansas State University


Sharif Kiragga Tusuubira

University of Kansas

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

2021 BioKansas Scientific Writing Scholars

Diana Sofia Acevedo, MSc

University of Kansas Medical Center

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Francisca Acosta, PhD

University of Texas Health San Antonio

NIH T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Adeola Adeboje

University of Kansas

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Reb Bryant

University of Kansas

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Lennel Camuy-Velez

North Dakota State University

Molecular Pathogenesis

Kayla Clouse

University of Kansas

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Peren Coskun

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Biomedical Sciences

Megan Hamilton

University of Kansas


Rachel Neff

University of Kansas

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Laura Jimenez

University of Kansas

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Alisa Pajser

Kansas State University

Experimental Psychology

Matthew Jones

University of Kansas

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Stephanie Ramos

Oregon State University

College of Education

Amali I Stephens

Iowa State University

Interdepartmental Microbiology

Nikki Dyanne Realubit

University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Kayla Wilson

Cornell University

Genetics, Genomics, and Development

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