Seminars, workshops, webinars, and courses:

SERCC staff have developed sessions covering the topics listed below and presented them to a variety of audiences.


  • Addressing Rigor and Reproducibility at NIH: Does your Grant have to Change Radically?  Seminar
  • Writing a Specific Aims Page, Seminar
  • Keeping up with the Evolution of the NIH Biosketch, Seminar
  • Writing a Fellowship Proposal, Course Lecture
  • Grant Writing 101, Course

Research Articles

  • How to Write an Effective Research Article: Perspectives from a Former Journal Editor, Seminar
  • Paper Writing in Practice, Course
  • Scientific Writing from an Editor’s Perspective: Maximizing the Chances of Success with your Research Article Submission, Seminar

Scientific writing generally

  • Achieving Clarity in scientific Writing, Seminar, Course Lecture
  • Scientist Writers’ Workshop, Workshop Series
  • Scientific Writing: the Things that Matter Most in Writing, Seminar
  • Literature Review Methods, Course Lectures
  • Scientific Writing from an Editor’s Perspective, Webinar
  • How to (Peer) Review a Manuscript, Seminar


  • Approaches to Editing, Seminar
  • Editing as a Research Administrator: What are the Possibilities? Workshop
  • Editing as a Career Alternative for Scientists, Seminar

In addition to presenting these at the University of Iowa, core staff have been invited to do so at:

  • Iowa State University
  • Bayer GmbH, Leverkusen Germany
  • International Conference and Workshop on Trauma and Injury Prevention, Vlasic, Bosnia and Herzogovina
  • Clinical Center University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzogovina
  • Cluj School of Public Health, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania


Scientific Editing Internships:

This program is designed to expand the pool of professionals who are skilled in grantsmanship, more general scientific writing, and editing. Interns will receive on-the-job training in substantive editing from an experienced editor. They will also be trained to improve a range of issues, from mechanics to clarity and scientific logic, with greatest focus on the latter. Documents to be edited will primarily be drafts of manuscripts and grant applications. View our current and past interns.