Summer Research Writing Program

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The Summer Research Writing Program helps graduate students at Illinois Institute of Technology cultivate their writing skills and achieve their research goals. Geared toward students who are ready to start writing about their research, every participant who completes the program will have a finished dissertation chapter or publishable journal/conference article prepared for submission by the end of the program.

Students will begin the workshop by formulating and scheduling specific writing goals, and will intensely plan and write throughout the sessions. Working with writing expert Hannah Ringler, assistant teaching professor of humanities at Illinois Tech, students will master the mechanics and conventions of academic writing, understand and adhere to submission guidelines and publication standards, and write excellent thesis-driven research papers in a hands-on workshop environment. The cohort is capped at 12 students to ensure that every student gets the attention and support to succeed.

Summer Research Writing Program Student Testimonials

Student Testimonials

Hear what past Summer Research Writing Program participants have to say!

"This is different from what I learn in MMAE. However, as I have a lot of writing to do as a graduate student, this was very helpful in understanding the academic writing process, which I would not have gotten exposed to in graduate school otherwise.”

"I learned about catering my writing toward different technical audiences, methods of outlining, responding to paper corrections, and a number of other things.”

"I felt I learned a lot of behind-the-scenes of writing a paper.”

"I learned not only the way to write professionally, but culturally. I have learned a lot about the English culture while joining this program.”

"I learned the way to finish a professional thesis. It is so useful."

Program Dates

The Summer Research Writing Program is a non-credit, four-week academic writing program for graduate students in any discipline. Students will meet in person from 10 a.m.–noon on Monday to Friday, which includes a writing lab session to work one-on-one with the instructor to integrate feedback. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Registration is closed for Summer 2023. Stay tuned for Summer 2024 program dates!

Program Fees

The program fee is $2,000. Advisers or departments may pay this fee on behalf of their students, if allowable by their funding guidelines.

Program Instructor

Hannah Ringler

The Summer Research Writing Program is taught by Hannah Ringler, an assistant teaching professor and director of writing in Illinois Tech’s Department of Humanities. Ringler has extensive experience in academic writing and publication, having taught and tutored students in academic writing for more than six years. She is an expert in writing across disciplines, including areas such as computer science, engineering, the natural sciences, and humanities.


Questions can be directed to instructor Hannah Ringler at