Intensive Course in Research Writing

2022 Course

We are pleased to announce the 15th annual Texas A&M University Intensive Course in Research Writing. This course will be available remotely, via Zoom. Whereas previous versions of the course met in the summer, the 2022 course will meet in the fall.

The course will run about 15 weeks, with one approximately 3-hour session per week. The sessions will be on Mondays from 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. US central time. The first class session will be on August 29, and the last session will be in early December.

This course is designed mainly to help researchers to increase their proficiency in writing and publishing scientific papers. It also includes instruction on related topics, such as giving oral presentations, preparing poster presentations, and writing grant proposals.

In the main version of the course, each participant drafts a scientific paper and then revises it based on feedback from a mentor. Thus, participants should have research that is fully analyzed and ready to write up. Participants should plan to spend at least several hours per week on homework.

This year, a “light” version of the course also is available. In it, participants do a series of exercises instead of writing and revising a scientific paper.

The main instructor for the course is Barbara Gastel, MD, MPH. Dr. Gastel is a professor at Texas A&M University and lead author of How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper, 9th edition. The course also includes guest presentations.

This course is open to both US and international participants. To enroll, international participants must provide evidence of English proficiency. As in past years, the fee to attend the main version of the course is $1,500 (US). The fee to attend the “light” version is $750 (US).

The course is intended largely for early-career researchers, including postdoctoral fellows and new faculty members. It also can aid science editors. Experienced faculty members sometimes attend in preparation to give similar instruction to their own students.

The main application deadline for the course is July 1, 2022. However, if space still exists, applications will be accepted through July 22, 2022.

We welcome requests for further information about the course.

Prospective participants should contact:
Barbara Gastel, MD, MPH | Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences
Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences |

Information also is available from:
Roberto Tuda Rivas, PhD | Facultad de Contaduría y Administración | Unidad Torreón
Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila | México |