Science Communication


Now more than ever, scientists must be able to explain research and present facts that promote their professions and support valid beliefs and effective public policy. Communication skills also are critical to an effective career in science, research, administration, and leadership. Grant Writing Mentors provides training, editing, and workshop practice in the following skills:

  • Scientific Writing: Peer-reviewed research reports, journal articles, letters to the editor, commentaries, mini-reports / summaries.

  • Public Communication: Op-eds, columns, letters, commentaries, journalism, news releases.

  • Presentations: Public speaking, lectures, PowerPoints, scientific posters, panel/conference presentations.

  • Grant Writing / Funding Applications: See our page on Grant Writing.

Sample Seminars

  • How to Avoid Crappy PowerPoints (Warning: You may never have seen a good one.)

  • How to Become Your Conference Panel’s Most Effective Presenter

  • 10 Writing Rules to Increase Your Chances for Funding

  • Joining Public Debate in Science and Medicine

  • TV Interviews and Other Media Challenges

  • Effective Posters and Poster Presentations

  • Social Media for Scientists: Joining the Online Conversation

Individual Help

In addition to group seminars, Grant Writing Mentors offers one-on-one training and editing in most of the areas above. We also create or revise speeches, public commentaries, and other work, and we regularly edit or comment on grant applications.

GWM Specialist

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David Everett has more than 40 years of experience in writing, editing, teaching, journalism, science writing, and public communication. A first career in journalism took him across the nation and around the world, resulting in awards from the National Press Club, Society of Professional Journalists, and Overseas Press Club. In a second career as a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University, David directed a graduate program in creative writing, started another program in science writing, and founded an international writing conference featuring prominent authors. David now writes, edits, teaches, and consults with scientists and researchers. In addition to a range of book authors, his clients include AARP, AAAS, Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, and the American Research Center in Egypt, where he serves as associate editor of Scribe magazine. David has edited hundreds of science reports, articles, speeches, presentations, and grant applications.

Assisting in the area of Science Communication:

David Armstrong, Ph.D.

Professor; Successful grantee (NIH, private foundations); Frequent review service for grants and journals; Published numerous peer review articles, book chapters, abstracts; Frequent invited lecturer related to peer review and navigating the NIH grant process. Learn More.

Sherry Mills, M.D., MPH

Physician; Medical Epidemiologist; Served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy Director for Extramural Research, NIH and Director, Office of Extramural Programs, NIH. Learn More.