Below you'll find a constitutively updated list of useful resources. These include guides for for writing papers or grants and other various articles of interest to the burgeoning graduate student. 


  • "Whitesides' Group: Writing a Paper" -  George Whiteside is one of the best scientific writers Tosh has encountered during his (long!) career. Follow his advice and you will not go wrong in writing your papers! A main takeaway: "realize that your objective in research is to formulate and test hypotheses, to draw conclusions from these tests, and to teach these conclusions to others. Your objective is not to 'collect data'". (Free Access, PDF below)
  • "5 Steps to Writing a Scientific Paper" - Most scientific manuscripts do not pass the journal’s initial editorial process. In this article, the editorial process is reviewed and RayBiotech provides 5 steps for writing a scientific paper that will improve its chances of being published.

  • "Write Accessibly - It's not easy" - Writing in a way that is informative, clear, and accessible is a skill that needs practicing but pays many dividends over the long run. Scientific papers are often dense and difficult to decode; even experts want to read papers that flow easily and effectively communicate the point. This Nature Biomedical Engineering editorial provides lots of tips on how to write in a way that makes your writing stand out by being easy on the brain. (PDF below)


  • "What the F? An Introduction to the NRSA Fellowship" -  NRSA fellowships support the unique training pathway of an individual trainee. Unlike R01s or similar research grants awarded based on scientific merit, fellowship awards value the training plan as much as, if not more than, the scientific merit of a trainee’s research project. Good science needs to be presented, but a thoughtful and intentional training proposal that highlights your plans to engage in educational, professional, and scientific training activities is essential. A commitment from your mentor and institution stating how they will support your training is also required.

  • "Judging a manuscript by its cover (letter)" - An excellent guide on how to write a good cover letter. (PDF below)