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Kenyon - IITM Technical & Science Writing Workshop
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
(July 11 - 15, 2022)

A collaborative endeavour between
Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, USA & IIT Madras, Chennai, India

A five day intensive Technical & Science Writing Workshop will be conducted by faculty  who teach writing at the  Kenyon Review Writers Workshop conducted at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, USA. The workshop is offered specifically for PhD Scholars who have completed comprehensive examination and Prime Minister’s Research Fellows (PMRF) at IIT Madras.

Date: July 11 - 15, 2022 (Inauguration and Introductory Session on July 10, 2022)

Genre: Technical & Science Writing – 32 seats (2 Groups of 16 each) 

Who can apply:  Research Scholars (PMRF) from Engineering and Science disciplines

Application: Click here for applicationand more information about the workshop (https://hss.iitm.ac.in/kenyon-iitm/)

Venue: Zoom

Submission of application - June 10, 2022
Intimation of acceptance – June 20, 2022

Prior to the workshop, participants will be expected to prepare and submit a brief proposal after reading about six key research articles on their topic of interest. The proposal should contain the following:
1.Title of the proposal (in 20 words or less)
2. Abstract of the proposal (in 200 words or less)
3. Objectives of the proposal (in six or less number of bullet points, with each containing at most 30 words)
4. Expected outcome of the proposal (in four or less number of bullet points, each containing at most 20 words)
5. Origin of the proposal and current state of understanding (in 500 words)
During the workshop, participants will learn strategies for structuring their technical and scientific writing into compelling narratives and for revising their writing to be both precise and concise. Participants will examine and evaluate examples of technical and scientific writing, write about their research with different audiences in mind, share their writing with the workshop group, and revise their writing according to principles and techniques we discuss in the sessions.

Coordinators from Kenyon College: 
Dr. Chris Gillen
Professor of Biology
Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, USA
Email: gillenc@kenyon.edu

Dr. Wendy Singer
Roy T Wortman Professor of History and South Asian Studies
Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, USA
Email: singerw@kenyon.edu

Coordinators from IIT Madras: 
Dr. L. Sriramkumar,
Department of Physics
IIT Madras, Chennai, India
Email: sriramkumar@iitm.ac.in

Dr. Sudarsan Padmanabhan
Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
IIT Madras, Chennai, India
Email: sudarsanp@iitm.ac.in

Course Fee:   ₹ 5000/- (Course fee covers Registration, Study Materials and Faculty Lectures for all five days.)

Last Date of payment: 30th June 2022 (Fee should be paid only by the selected candidates.)

Payment information: 
Details of the Account
Account Name : CCE IIT Madras
Account Number : 36401111110
Bank Name : State Bank of India (SBI), IIT Madras branch, Chennai, India
Bank IFSC Code : SBIN0001055
TAN Number : CHE304464F
PAN Number : AAAAI3615G
GST Registration Number : 33AAAAI3615G1Z6

Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, USA
Kenyon Review, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, USA
Office of Alumni & Corporate Relations, IIT Madras, Chennai, India
Office of Global Engagement, IIT Madras, Chennai, India
Office of Academic Research, IIT Madras, Chennai, India
Office of Academic Courses, IIT Madras, Chennai, India
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras, Chennai, India
Department of Physics, IIT Madras, Chennai, India
Office of Dean Students, IIT Madras, Chennai, India

Faculty Coordinators:

Chris Gillen

Chris Gillen studies the molecular physiology of ion transport proteins in insect models systems including fruit flies and mosquitoes. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Gillen is director of Kenyon’s creative Science Writing program. He has co-directed and taught writing workshops including the Kenyon Review Young Science Writers and the Kenyon College – Indian Institute of Technology Madras Scientific Writing Workshop.

Paula Turner

Astronomy and astrophysics are complementary approaches to understanding the night sky. Astronomers have worked for centuries observing the stars and planets, recording their motions, estimating their brightnesses and developing explanations for the cycles they follow.

Andrew Kerkhoff

Drew Kerkhoff joined Kenyon’s faculty in 2005 after earning a Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico and completing a postdoc at the University of Arizona. He is a quantitative ecologist whose research is motivated by two key environmental challenges: global change (including climate and land use) and biodiversity conservation. He leads the Kenyon Macroecology Lab, where students use computational and field-based approaches to analyze the distribution and evolution of plant biodiversity and the functional role of Earth’s vegetation in the global carbon cycle.

Yutan Getzler

Yutan D. Y. L. Getzler has always liked working with his hands and taking things apart so he can put them back together. Since arriving at Kenyon in 2004, his scholarship has focused on sustainability in materials science. In collaboration with Kenyon undergraduates, he developed one of the first catalysts to make a new topology of poly(lactic acid), a biodegradable plastic derived from annually renewable feedstocks. Another project seeks to understand the design of bespoke degradable polymers for specialty applications. Recent work has built a theoretical framework for an ideal circular polymer economy. His work has been extramurally funded and publications at Kenyon include manuscripts in Macromolecules and Nature Reviews Materials.