Résumés and Cover Letters for Graduate Students and Returning Adults

If you have completed your Bachelor’s degree or you have several years of work experience under your belt, then this resume and cover letter workshop is for you. We’ll review résumé content and design, discuss the best ways to align your qualifications with the position description, and learn how to build an effective argument in…

Résumés and Cover Letters for Undergrads

When applying for internships, leadership opportunities, on-campus employment, and your first job out of college, make your credentials stand out above the crowd. Come to this workshop to learn how your résumé and cover letter can help you show employers your best self. We’ll discuss résumé content and design, as well as what cover letters…

Composing the All-Important Cover Letter

This workshop is an introduction to composing a cover letter that effectively communicates your qualifications and particular strengths as a candidate for an academic position. Sec. 1 Wednesday 9/19 3:00-4:30 Sec. 2 Monday 10/1 2:00-3:30 Sec. 3 Tuesday 10/30 1:00-2:30

Writing Cover Letters

What is a cover letter? To be considered for almost any position, you will need to write a letter of application. Such a letter introduces you, explains your purpose for writing, highlights a few of your experiences or skills, and requests an opportunity to meet personally with the potential employer. Precisely because this letter is…

Examples of business letter format.

In this section, you will find many instructional materials we’ve developed for our Writing Center teaching. However, there are limitations to these materials. Assignments vary, and different instructors want different things from student writers. Therefore, the advice here may or may not apply to your writing situation. Finally, handouts can give only a fraction of…

Write-On! Scavenger Hunt

Write-On Scavenger Hunt! The scavenger hunt begins on October 25. Between October 25 and November 8, students will need to do three of the following Writing Center activities: Attend 1 Writing Center workshop and take a selfie. Go to one of the satellite locations and take a selfie. Go to the main Writing Center location…

Writing for Social Media: A Guide for Academics

What blog posts can do Blogging, or writing short entries on a website, can allow you to offer opinions, share ideas, or do independent reporting, but most importantly blogging can help writers have conversations with readers. What makes blogs so different from journalism, as the authors of The Elements of Blogging: Expanding the Conversation of…

Advice for Students Writing Thank-You Notes to Donors

Grant Proposal Writing is Exciting, Imaginative Work So, you want to write a grant proposal? This is exciting! This means that you have valuable research to do or a particular nonprofit to build or a community resource you’re passionate about developing. You have a distinct vision for how something could be improved or advanced, and…

Writing an Abstract for Your Research Paper

Definition and Purpose of Abstracts An abstract is a short summary of your (published or unpublished) research paper, usually about a paragraph (c. 6-7 sentences, 150-250 words) long. A well-written abstract serves multiple purposes: an abstract lets readers get the gist or essence of your paper or article quickly, in order to decide whether to…

Writing Personal Statements for Ph.D. Programs

Introduction So you’ve decided to apply to a Ph.D. program—how exciting! While the application process can be harrowing at times, being accepted to a graduate school that is a good fit for your interests and skills is a privilege that will be well worth your efforts. Before we get too wrapped up in the future,…