Graduate and Postdoctoral

2020 Date TBD - 10am-4pm, Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

This workshop is for doctoral students applying for SSHRC funding (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada). Drawing on evidence-based research about successful SSHRC proposals, and with reference to SSHRC selection criteria, facilitators discuss particular elements of this written academic genre: audience, purpose, competence claim, and more.

The workshop includes opportunities for one-on-one writing consultations with staff from the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication, and extensive dedicated writing time in the beautiful historic core of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

Come prepared to revise a draft proposal. Coffee and snacks provided.

Facilitators: Dr. Patty Kelly, CWSC Program Manager, and Eury Chang, PhD Candidate and CWSC Project Coordinator.

After registering, please contact Liam Monaghan, Program Coordinator (liam.monaghan@ubc.ca) to request a one-on-one half-hour Writing Consultation for the afternoon of the workshop.

Coming soon

January 17th, 2020, 10am to 12pm - Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Thesis, dissertation, and research article abstracts play a vital role in the communication of research. Studies show that abstracts are the most frequently read part of a research article, and that abstracts help researchers determine whether or not to read the entire study. But how do writers communicate the relevance and legitimacy of their research to members of the discipline?

This workshop introduces researchers to the typical structure of the abstract, while accounting for disciplinary differences. Participants will write or revise an abstract (thesis, dissertation, research article), and receive feedback from the workshop facilitators and other participants. Therefore, this workshop is most useful for those with a research project underway.

Facilitators: Dr. Patty Kelly, CWSC Program Manager, and Eury Chang, PhD Candidate and CWSC Project Coordinator.

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January 31st, 2020, 10am to 12pm - Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

In 2017, UBC added a lay summary requirement to all theses and dissertations, and more and more academic journals, public policy institutes, and granting agencies require researchers to provide summaries of their studies for non-specialists. But how do experts communicate specialized research to non-specialist audiences?

This workshop helps researchers understand how lay summaries differ from abstracts, the multiple purposes of lay summaries, and how lay summaries enhance science communication and increase research visibility. Participants will write or revise a lay summary (thesis, dissertation, research article), and receive feedback from the workshop facilitators and other participants. Therefore, this workshop is most useful for those with a research project underway.

Facilitators: Dr. Patty Kelly, CWSC Program Manager, and Eury Chang, PhD Candidate and CWSC Project Coordinator.

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January 24th or March 27th, 2020, 10am to 12pm - Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Thesis and research article literature reviews accomplish several purposes for scholars. In the introduction, for example, writers review relevant research in order to establish a research gap or knowledge deficit that the current study addresses. But how do writers summarize the scholarly conversation already underway and, then, join that conversation?

This workshop introduces researchers to the typical structure of the literature review in thesis and research article introductions, while accounting for variation in communicative purposes and disciplinary differences. Participants will write or revise a literature review (thesis, dissertation, research article), and receive feedback from the workshop facilitators and other participants. Therefore, this workshop is most useful for those with a research project underway.

Facilitators: Dr. Patty Kelly, CWSC Program Manager, and Eury Chang, PhD Candidate and CWSC Project Coordinator.

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January 24

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March 27

February 14th, 2020, 10am to 12pm - Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

This workshop introduces researchers to the typical structure of an annotated bibliography, while accounting for variations in purpose. Typically, the annotations synthesize multiple studies, help develop a discussion of the current field, and help identify a potential knowledge contribution. Research shows that annotated bibliographies across disciplines typically consist of 3 parts: the full bibliographic citation; a relevant academic summary; a critical evaluation. But how do authors determine relevance? What does it mean to write critical annotations?
Workshop facilitators draw on research to address these questions, while discussing this text as a type of literature survey with its own distinct patterns of organization. Participants will write or revise an annotated bibliography and receive feedback from the workshop facilitators and other participants. Therefore, this workshop is most useful for those with an annotated bibliography underway.

Workshop Facilitators: Dr. Patty Kelly, Liam Monaghan & Eury Chang (Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication)

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March 20th, 2020, 10am to 12pm - Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

The personal statement is written for admission to graduate and professional programs at academic institutions like UBC. But what does personal mean in an academic context? How do writers construct an appropriate professional identity? Research shows that personal statements must reflect the values of the profession, and that the personal self you construct in the statement must be a relevant self. That is, relevant to the chosen profession.
This workshop draws on research to introduce participants to some of the typical stylistic features of the personal statement, such as personal narrative, identity construction, and self-promotion, and includes dedicated time for participants to revise a statement and receive feedback from the facilitators and other participants. Therefore, this workshop is most useful for those with a draft of a personal statement underway.

Workshop Facilitators: Dr. Patty Kelly (Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication);
Liam Monaghan (Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication); Yilin Wang (Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication)

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March 13th, 2020, 10am to 12pm - Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Increasingly, faculty positions in both research and teaching streams require a statement of teaching philosophy as one component of a teaching portfolio or dossier. Teaching statements reflect personal beliefs about teaching and learning, but also reflect disciplinary cultures and institutional structures in a particular context. Research shows that the central question the statement of teaching philosophy must address for readers is: Why do I teach? Furthermore, the statement of teaching philosophy must demonstrate how the pedagogical approaches are actualized in practice; that is, how concepts about teaching and learning are translated into action.
This workshop draws on research to introduce participants to some of the typical stylistic features of the teaching statement. As well, the workshop includes dedicated time for participants to revise a statement of teaching philosophy and receive feedback from the workshop facilitators and other participants. Therefore, the workshop is most useful for those with a draft of a teaching statement underway.

Workshop Facilitators: Dr. Patty Kelly & Margaret O’Sullivan (Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication)

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April 3rd, 2020, 10am to 1pm - Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

This workshop introduces researchers to the typical organizational structure of a research article in the STEM disciplines, while accounting for variation in disciplinary differences. That is, some conventions and features of academic writing remain constant across STEM disciplines, while others vary to account for discipline-specific norms and expectations of community members. The workshop facilitators draw on evidence-based research to identify some of the similarities and differences in style at both the macro- and micro-levels of the text.
The workshop includes dedicated time for participants to revise a section of a research article. Workshop facilitators and writing consultants from the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication are available for peer feedback on a draft. Therefore, this workshop is most useful for those with a research article underway.

Workshop Facilitators: Dr. Patty Kelly (PhD), Dr. Reena Titoria (MD), Kwesi Yaro (PhD Candidate)

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February 7th, 2020, 10am-4pm, Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Master’s students from across the disciplines are invited to participate in a daylong writing retreat in the beautiful historic core of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The retreat will feature an opening panel discussion between graduate students, CWSC staff, and faculty, as well as one-on-one writing consultations with CWSC staff and dedicated writing time. Lunch, coffee, and snacks will be provided courtesy of the CWSC and the Graduate Student Society.

After registering, please contact Liam Monaghan, Program Coordinator (liam.monaghan@ubc.ca) to request a one-on-one half-hour Writing Consultation during the workshop. Specify your full name and field of study.

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March 6th, 2020, 10am-4pm, Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Doctoral students from across the disciplines are invited to participate in a daylong writing retreat in the beautiful historic core of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The retreat will feature an opening panel discussion between graduate students, CWSC staff, and faculty, as well as one-on-one writing consultations with CWSC staff and dedicated writing time. Lunch, coffee, and snacks will be provided courtesy of the CWSC and the Graduate Student Society.

After registering, please contact Liam Monaghan, Program Coordinator (liam.monaghan@ubc.ca) to request a one-on-one half-hour Writing Consultation during the workshop. Specify your full name and field of study.

Register here

The Graduate Writing Retreat, a three-day event held in the beautiful historic core of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, will return June 9-11, 2020.

Lillooet Room

Lillooet Room

All graduate writers enrolled at UBC are welcome to register free of charge, whether they plan to work on a research article, a master’s thesis, a doctoral dissertation, or any other piece of writing relevant to their studies.

In addition to catered lunch, coffee, and snacks, the GWR will feature a number of pedagogical supports, including an opening panel discussion between faculty, staff, and graduate students across the disciplines; writing consultations with CWSC staff and trained doctoral-student consultants; and self-reflexive writing practices such as goal-setting and reflection. Most of all, the event offers a chance to write extensively in a relaxing, contemplative, and collegial setting.

Please check back for registration details towards the end of Term 2.