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Elaine Cencak Memorial Scholarship

Filed in Student Opportunities by on February 21, 2019

PW majors, The Communicators Club is offering a $1000 scholarship to a sophomore or junior majoring in a communications field at a Worcester County college (this means PW majors at WPI). Also qualified are seniors continuing on to graduate school to pursue a higher degree in a communications. The Communicators Club offers this scholarship each year, […]

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Professional Writing and social responsibility

Filed in Student Experience by on January 18, 2019

Those of us who chose to major in Professional Writing are aware of how important writing well is for our future. But are we aware of the societal impact our work can have? I’ve been learning a lot about writing professionally this year, both at school and at work. One of the most interesting things […]

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Technical Writing Internship at Google

Filed in Student Opportunities by on January 11, 2019

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to intern as a tech writer at Google. Students are encouraged to apply for this 12 to 14-week technical writing internship with Google. They’re looking for students with strong written communication skills who enjoy learning about software technology, especially those who have some experience with reading and writing […]

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Summer Fellowship with Haas Institute

Filed in Student Opportunities by on January 7, 2019

PW majors and minors, are you interested in a three-month, part-time (20 hour per week), paid internship at UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society? If so, contact Professor Yunus Doğan Telliel, Assistant Teaching Professor of Religion and Philosophy, who can tell you more about the Institute and its programs and help with your cover letter. You can also […]

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What’s It Like to Double Major with Professional Writing?

Filed in Student Experience by on October 29, 2018

At the start of my college career, I found myself having to choose between two of my great interests—chemical engineering and writing. Going to WPI, it would have been foolish to lose the opportunity to earn a reputable engineering degree in favor of my more artistic ambitions, but I wouldn’t have been true to myself […]

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WPI Writing Center’s New Home

Filed in PW Information by on October 22, 2018

Big news from WPI’s Writing Center—they’ve moved across campus from Daniels Hall to their new home on the 2nd floor of Salisbury Labs (SL 233). They still offer the same great services: peer tutoring for graduate and undergraduate students in all departments and working on all kinds of communication projects. But now the WrC can […]

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Google Recruiting Humanities at WPI!

Filed in Student Opportunities by on March 12, 2018 0 Comments

This Information Session is scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 15th 5:30-6:30pm Goddard Hall Room 227 Below is an overview of the information session as provided by the Google rep: During the info session, we’ll spend some time talking about the technical writing discipline to further educate students on the skills, responsibilities, and career paths that […]

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Creation of a Regional Report

Filed in PW MQPs by on February 25, 2018

 With the recent reorganization of the American Red Cross, the Central and Western Massachusetts region now produces one annual report instead of four, smaller reports. The goal of this MQP was to design an annual report with the help of American Red Cross representatives. Identifying stakeholders, the rhetorical situation of the annual report, and common […]

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The Rhetoric of Trade Journals — An Analysis of Chemical Engineering Professionalization in Print

Filed in PW MQPs by on February 25, 2018

In this MQP, I conducted a full genre study of chemical engineering trade journals in order to write an article about rare earth elements for Chemical Engineering Progress, a trade journal published by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). In order to define best practices, I conducted extensive research in the popular and academic […]

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To the Moon — Using Creative Nonfiction Techniques to Explain Space Technology

Filed in PW MQPs by on February 25, 2018

 I use creative writing to translate highly technical aerospace information to non-specialist audiences. I analyzed scientists’ views concerning their civic responsibility to communicate scientific/technological information. Methods for writing about science and technology were investigated, these analyses were applied to technical information about the Saturn V rocket and Dr. Wernher von Braun. The result was an article written to emphasize […]

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