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Writing, presenting, discussion, and making posters can help students understand key course concepts or apply them to specific circumstances. While working with faculty in the schools of engineering and natural sciences at Rice University, instructors from the Cain Project in Engineering and Professional Communication have prepared assignments and supporting materials for communication instructions appropriate to specific fields. Some of these materials also explain techniques or situations that will be common in a specific field, such as designing legible graphics with software packaged, MATLAB, used in Chemical Engineering.

The materials listed below were designed for courses in specific departments, but they may be relevant to other courses as well. You may look for your own field in the grouped materials, but be sure to consider those labeled "general" or "professional" as well.


  • A Brief Introduction to Technical Style
  • A Guide to Writing a Recommendation Report
  • Basics of Negotiating: Based on the Harvard Negotiation Project Principles
  • Communicating Ethically
  • Displaying Data in Written Documents
  • Exercises in Evaluating Word Density in Slides
  • Giving Feedback on Students’ PowerPoints
  • Good Design in PowerPoint
  • Group Leader Handbook
  • Graphics Evaluation Form
  • How to Read a Scientific Article
  • How to Consult with a Writing Mentor: OWL-Space Scheduling
  • How to Work with Presentations Coaches
  • How to Work with Writing Mentors
  • In-House Memo Reports Reporting to Colleagues
  • Instructions for Using Calibrated Peer Review
  • Literature Review Introduction Sample
  • Managing Conflict in Teams: Switching to Successful Negotiation
  • Organizing an Analysis for a Review of Published Literature
  • Organizing an Argument for a Literature Review
  • Preparing and Delivering Oral Presentations
  • Presenting a Failure Analysis
  • Presenting a Technology Analysis
  • Recognizing and Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Rules for the Use of Numbers in Scientific Writing
  • Sample Chemical Engineering Student Team PowerPoint for Analysis
  • Seven Ways to Motivate the Audience
  • Test Whether Your Poster Can Stand Alone
  • Working in Teams: A Brief Introduction
  • Writing Mentors


  • Communicating in Non-routine Situations
  • Dealing with Routine Situations
  • Guide to Communication and Corporate Culture
  • Presenting to Managers and Other Professionals
  • The Business Climate for Engineering Communication

Science and engineering


  • An Exercise in Evaluating Photo Backgrounds in Slides
  • Course Project: The Costs and Benefits of Building “Green" (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
  • CPR Questions for Poster Module
  • Instructions for Using Calibrated Peer Review
  • Poster Draft from Bioengineering’s Capstone Design Course (1)
  • Poster Draft from Bioengineering’s Capstone Design Course (2)
  • Poster Evaluation Form (Bioengineering Poster Assignment)
  • Poster Summarizing Results from HDF Survival and Function in vitro (Poster Assignment in Bioengineering)
  • SmartWhistle Poster Draft from Bioengineering’s Capstone Design Course
  • Team Presentations in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Write an Application Letter that Lands a Bioengineering Internship

Civil and environmental engineering

  • An Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering Communication Materials
  • Evaluation Sheet for Project Presentations
  • Group Paper Assignment
  • Group Paper Proposal Assignment
  • Guide for Team Presentations
  • Literature Review Introduction Sample
  • Managing Conflict in Teams: Switching to Successful Negotiation
  • Organizing an Analysis for a Review of Published Literature
  • Organizing an Argument for a Literature Review
  • Project Proposal Evaluation Form
  • Sample Proposal #1
  • Sample Proposal #2


  • An Exercise in Evaluating Photo Backgrounds in Slides(Biosciences)
  • Assignment: Central Plant Flow Meter Report (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Project Assignment: Analysis of Algorithms and Data Structures (Computer Science)
  • Sample Chemical Engineering Student Team PowerPoint for Analysis (Chemical Engineering)
  • Writing Assignment: Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami(Earth Science)

You may also wish to consult more general resources on communication:

  • Group or Team Communication Resources
  • Speaking and Oral Presentations Resources
  • Writing Resources
  • Visual Design, Poster, and PowerPoint Resources

You may possibly wish to search for

  • Discipline- or Field-Specific Graduate Course Communication Resources
  • Communication Evaluation and Planning Forms
  • Communication Teaching Resources: Assignments and Materials to Use in Class
  • Communication Teaching Resources: Integrating Communication Instruction into Courses
  • Communication Teaching Resources: Training Materials for Student Communication Mentors, Coaches, and Discussion Leaders
  • Resources for Professional Development and Communication
  • Resources on Thesis and Dissertation Preparation for Graduate Students

The preparation of these materials was funded through a generous grant from the Gordon and Mary Cain Foundation.

Questions & Answers

Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
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how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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