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Writing and Research

Writing and research skills are crucial components of completing a graduate degree and becoming a successful professional. Through our professional development workshops and writing programs, the Graduate Academy offers guidance, structure, and mentoring to help students improve these skills.


Dissertation Boot Camp (Summer)

This one-week boot camp combines workshops, peer review, individual consultations, and dedicated writing time to support graduate students’ progress in their dissertations. The goal of the Boot Camp is to provide both personal help and a supportive group setting for doctoral students that have passed their qualifying exams. There is no fee for those attending the Boot Camp, but students must attend the entire week of May 9 - May 13, 2016. This program is offered through collaboration with the Eberly Writing Studio. To register contact Space is limited, so sign up now!

Grant Writing Workshop (Summer)

This one-day workshop, the Write Winning Grants seminar, teaches the essentials of grant writing to graduate students and faculty at WVU. Application information is generally available in April in preparation for a June workshop date.

Professional Development Workshops

These workshops provide training in skills such as creating a scientific poster, writing a dissertation prospectus, conducting a literature review, and preparing a successful grant application. For a list of current workshops, go to

Writing Consultations at The Writing Studio

Graduate peer consultants are available to help fellow graduate students with seminar papers, Masters’ theses, dissertations, conference proposals and papers, job-search materials, or any other writing-related project. For more information, go to


Research Integrity and Compliance

The  Office of Research Integrity and Compliance is committed to helping faculty, staff, and students comply with all applicable federal, state, and institutional requirements and policies.

Research Training

All research proposals must be submitted to the The Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) at West Virginia University. The CITI training program must be completed by all individuals involved in human subject research.

WVU Research Fellowships for Graduate Students

The Office of Graduate Education and Life has information about fellowships and scholarships that are available to incoming Ph.D. students, continuing Ph.D. students, and master’s students. For more information, go to