Professional Development and Training Resources

Writing and Publishing

Vollum Writing Program

The Vollum Writing Class is a professional science writing course open to OHSU graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty.  The class uses short lectures, class discussion and workshop-style writing assignments to help researchers learn to write better papers and grants. Topics include:  the basic elements of good scientific writing style and conventions, strategies for revising, writer’s block and time management, and best practices for writing introductions, results, discussions, and grant proposals.

The course is offered 4 times per year.  View upcoming sessions by logging into Compass and searching for "Vollum Writing".  The course carries a fee of $500 per student unless you are in a Vollum lab or a student in a School of Medicine Ph.D. program.  

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

The NCFDD is a nationally recognized, independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring resources for faculty, postdocs and graduate students.  OHSU is an institutional member of NCFDD, giving OHSU members no-cost access to a variety of virtual programs and resources.  Many address writing and publishing practices and support, including moderated writing challenges, webinars, and a dissertation success curriculum.  Use your OHSU email address to claim your free NCFDD membership.  

OHSU Library

The OHSU Library hosts workshops and consultations to help students, early career researchers and faculty understand and implement tools and strategies for sharing their work.  OHSU Librarians can consult with manuscript authors to identify potential journals for publication, navigate submission guidelines, and deposit their work to OHSU's open access institutional repository, Scholars Archive.

Upcoming workshops are posted on the Library's website and open to all, or can be scheduled by request.  Contact the Library to schedule a publishing consultation or request a workshop. 

Scientific Presentations and Talks

Scientific Presentations:  A Cheat Sheet

This Nature Jobs blogpost offers concise advice on how to prepare for and deliver a successful scientific talk.

Designing Effective Presentations

Susan McConnell, Ph.D., gives guidance in this iBiology video on presenting an effective scientific talk, including advice on choosing slide fonts, colors and slide styles. She also recommends ways to structure your talk so the audience stays awake and engaged, and emphasizes the importance of practicing.

Poster and Oral Presentations 101 Workshops

The OHSU Library leads regularly scheduled and on-demand workshops on the process of preparing for and presenting successful scientific poster and oral presentations.  The sessions cover the basic structure for presenting research in a poster or oral presentation, how to use slides and figures effectively, and public speaking tips, including how to respond effectively to audience questions.  Upcoming workshops are posted on the Library's website and open to all, or can be scheduled by request by contacting the Library

Communicating Science

Scientists as Storytellers Guide

A 3M guide designed to provide advice about how to make science stories more relatable.

Science Through Stories

A Leaky Foundation webinar on how to craft compelling, educational and entertaining stories about your research.  The techniques addressed include narrative structure, character, voice, and plot, and are designed to be used in a variety of presentation settings.

Distilling Your Message:  What's the Story

Best practices from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science about how to reflect on and use language to engage an audience and facilitate understanding.

Giving a Science Presentation to Non-Science Audiences

This guide from the Advancing Earth and Space Science (AGU) provides a helpful framing and best practices for approaching and preparing talks for non-scientific audiences.