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Additional Writing Support at Cornell

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In addition to writing support offered by ELSO, international graduate and professional students may take advantage of these additional writing support services available at Cornell. 

CHEC: Cornell Help for Engineering Communication

The Cornell Engineering Communications Program maintains a website with useful information pertinent to writing and presenting in engineering fields. To learn more about writing abstracts and literature reviews, including equations in your writing, formatting presentation slides, and writing captions for visuals, among other topics, click here.

Knight Graduate Writing Service

Offered by the Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines, the Graduate Writing Service offers individual face-to-face and online consultations by trained peer tutors on any type of writing – from job application materials to dissertation chapters – at any point in the writing process – from brainstorming to finalizing. To make a GWS appointment, click here.

Local Editors and Proofreaders

The Cornell Graduate School maintains a list of local editors and proofreaders available for a fee. Before you seek their services, please do remember that the tutors in the ELSO Tutoring Services and Graduate Writing Services are available (for free) to meet with you for individual consultations to discuss your writing. These tutors will not copy edit for you, but they will provide line-by-line feedback and editing strategies. However, if it really is a copy-editor you are looking for, click here.  

Proposal, Thesis, and Dissertation Writing Boot Camps

Offered by the Graduate School, these events help graduate students jumpstart their writing, develop goals and schedules for writing (and degree completion), and become more productive writers. They are held two to three times a year for up to 50 students. For more information on Proposal, Thesis, and Dissertation Writing Boot Camps, click here  or contact Jan Allen.

Resources for Writing Competitive Fellowship Applications

The Graduate School offers a series of fellowship prep workshops, consultation, peer review, and an informative website. Among other graduate “survival skills” information, this site includes a section devoted to identifying fellowships for which you are eligible, a template for preparing a first draft of a fellowship application, strategies for getting strong letters of support, pitfalls to avoid, and tips from successful applicants.


Graduate and professional students with writing goals and deadlines are invited to the Big Red Barn every Monday-Friday, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., to write. Be more productive and accountable; write with a supportive community. Quiet zone enforced; coffee and tea provided. For more information on Thesis and Dissertation Write-Ins, click here.

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