SGPS 9103U: Writing in Graduate School I

This online course will introduce you to the fundamentals of English grammar and provide you with the tools to write clear, correct, and accessible academic prose. Emphasis will be placed on the basic principles of effective academic writing and on establishing a foundation that will allow you to develop into a confident academic writer. You will complete a series of short assignments modeled on the lay abstracts typically required for grant applications, and give one short presentation.

The course is open to graduate students across all disciplines. It is ideal for students who need to acquire a basic understanding of English grammar, who need to improve their foundational writing skills, and who would like to polish their grant writing skills. By the end of the course, you will have learned the basics of English grammar, improved your editing/proofreading skills, improved your writing skills, practiced your presentation skills, learned how to present your research to a general audience, and completed a lay abstract suitable for inclusion in a scholarship or grant application.

Hosted by:

  • Dr. Aaron Schneider,

Dates Offered:

  • Six-week course from May 4, 2020 - June 8, 2020

Recommended Audience:

  • Students completing a thesis-based degree, at both the doctoral and master's level

What to Expect:

  • This 0.25 credit course will appear on the transcripts of enrolled students with a Pass/Fail notation but will not affect the student's academic average
  • The course may count towards degree program course requirements with permission from the student's department

View the 2019 Course Syllabus (this course will be offered online in summer 2020)


  • Self-enroll via Student Center