Graduate

September 6th, 2019, 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.

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September 27th or November 8th, 2019, 10am to 12pm - Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Thesis and 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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September 27

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November 8

October 11th or November 1st, 2019, 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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October 11

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November 1

October 4th or November 15th, 2019, 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 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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October 4

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November 15

October 8th, 2019, 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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Schedule

10am-11am -- Opening Panel

11am-12:30pm -- Dedicated Writing Time

12:30-1:15pm -- Lunch

1:15pm-3:45pm -- Dedicated Writing Time

1:15pm-3:45pm -- Writing Consultations in Pavilion

3:45-4pm -- Wrap-Up

Panelists

Heidi Rennert is a PhD Student and SSHRC recipient in the Department of English and the Science and Technologies Studies program. She holds an MA in English from the University of Victoria and specializes in nineteenth-century technologies and literature, with a particular interest in print and material culture.

Naseeb Bolduc is an MSc student in her second year at the School of Population and Public Health. She has an honours degree in philosophy, and her research interests include public health ethics and the philosophy of medicine. As a returning writing consultant, Naseeb looks forward to working with students from all disciplines in their development as academic writers.

Liam Monaghan (chair) is Program Coordinator of the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication at UBC. He holds a B.A. Hons. in English from the University of Lethbridge, a B.Ed. in English Language Arts Education from UBC, and an M.A. in English from Dalhousie University, where he wrote his thesis, “Queer Childishness in Oscar Wilde and Andy Warhol.” He is a writer who has published literary non-fiction and a theatre artist whose plays have been produced in cities across Canada.

October 25th, 2019, 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

10am-10:45 -- Opening Panel

10:45am-12:15pm -- Dedicated Writing Time

12:15-12:45pm -- Lunch

12:45pm-1:15 -- Talk by Dr. Nazih El-Bezre

1:15pm-3:45pm -- Dedicated Writing Time

1:15pm-3:45pm -- Writing Consultations in Pavilion

3:45-4pm -- Wrap-Up

Panelists

Heidi Rennert is a PhD Student and SSHRC recipient in the Department of English and the Science and Technologies Studies program. She holds an MA in English from the University of Victoria and specializes in nineteenth-century technologies and literature, with a particular interest in print and material culture.

Niall Mann is a PhD Candidate in the Department of French, Italian, and Hispanic Studies, specializing in French literature. He holds degrees in philosophy, music and Spanish and has worked as a translator and editor. He has a passion for purposeful prose and lifelong learning.

Kwesi Yaro is a PhD Candidate in Mathematics Education in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy. He obtained his M.A in Mathematics Education from UBC and B.Ed. (Mathematics focus) from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Kwesi teaches mathematics methodology and Inquiry seminar courses as a Sessional Lecturer in the teacher education program. Currently, he is working with researchers from multi-disciplinary STEM backgrounds to explore the possibilities and challenges confronting 21st-century teachers in teaching math in STEM for social justice.

Dr. Nazih El-Bezre is a Lecturer in Arts First-Year and Interdisciplinary Programs.

Dr. Patty Kelly (chair) is Program Manager of the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication.

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