PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Writing a Literature Review
Writing a review paper is a great way to not only become familiar with a subject but to add your own perspective and insight through having systematically combed through the published literature on a specific research topic. Through this, you will learn how to perform a literature search, learn how to effectively and efficiently read peer-review papers (a non-trivial skill that is often practiced at the graduate school level!), compare/contrast findings across different studies, and distill relevant ideas into a finalized piece that we can be submitted to a student journal.
Writing a Research Project Grant Proposal
If you want to go into research, writing an NIH-format research grant proposal is a paramount skill that takes lots of practice to perfect. Writing a grant will involve describing the comprehensive aims of a research project and convincing the reader that the project is worth funding
Science Communication Podcast
Podcasts have become an increasingly popular avenue of science communication. They can teach people about interesting topics anywhere from the history of disease treatments to fun facts about dreaming. The challenge is staying true to the accuracy of the science while engaging the audience. This project would result in a podcast episode describing and analyzing a peer-reviewed publication or a topic based on multiple publications.