IND 414/415: Scientific Writing for Mentors and their Protégés


The Office of Graduate Education and the CTSI are pleased to offer a unique course designed to teach mentors to effectively and efficiently develop their protégés as scientific writers and to teach protégés the basics of scientific writing.  This course is taught by Constance D. Baldwin, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics. She has doctoral training in English and has taught scientific writing courses here at URMC and at many other universities around the country.


We are seeking mentors and their protégés engaged in clinical or translational research. Protégés may be junior faculty, clinical or post-doctoral fellows, or graduate students. All must be working on a grant application (including a K or F training grant), or a research article. A maximum of 12 mentor/protégé pairs will be accepted. Participants must apply for acceptance into the course, but need not be formally affiliated with a graduate program or the CTSI. Course sponsors are working towards arranging for CME credit for this course. Faculty participants may apply for tuition benefits to take the course.


Mentors and their trainees will start with a series of classes on the fundamentals of good writing, and the strategies and structures of research articles and grant proposals. It is expected that by the end of the course, they will have completed at least one grant application or manuscript. The course goals, learning objectives and curriculum are described below.


All classes will be on Tuesdays, 4-6pm, scheduled from September through April. Classes are weekly in September and October, then approximately bi-weekly thereafter.

Application process

Interested protégés should write a one-paragraph description of their proposed writing project (either article or proposal) to be completed over the coming year, and one paragraph on why they want to take this course. (These documents will also be used to assess the writing skills of participants.) As part of the application, mentors should write a paragraph about their skills in mentoring a trainee about writing; why they want to take the course, and whether they expect to attend the class meetings regularly. The deadline for receipt of applications is Tuesday, September 2, 2014.  Submit all abstracts electronically to Katie Libby at


NIH Funding Acknowledgement ** Important ** All publications resulting from the utilization of CTSI resources are required to credit the CTSI grant by including the NIH FUNDING ACKNOWLEDGEMENT and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.