is really freaking lacking in most incoming graduate students and for the most part its because the poor noobs have no experience with it. Most of these "kids" come out of undergrad having maybe written some lab or field reports and maybe a 5 page paper on some topic. A few have actually done a senior's thesis and developed some basic modicum of scientific writing skills. But universally, when it comes to writing any type of scientific proposal we have no clue.
Some universities are proactive and require students to take a class (usually during their first summer) on writing and grantsmanship where they can craft some basic scientific proposal. This is immensely helpful for those whose qualifying exams are to author some type of grant proposal. Sadly my institution puts no emphasis on this training and it is left up to the trainee and their mentor. And judging by some of the St. K3rns that I work with, they are loathe to allow you to participate in anything that takes you away from the lab.
So dear reader, what are your thoughts on formal training in scientific writing and grantsmanship, did you undergo this, and would you think this would be a practical addition to the graduate school curriculum?