Posts Tagged 'Writing'

Dissertation Peer Writing Group Workshop

Are you struggling with writing your dissertation? Feeling lost and needing a collaborative environment to offer feedback?  Would you like to join a dissertation writing group, but don’t know how?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then come join us for the first-ever Graduate Dissertation Peer Writing Group Workshop on Monday, October 15, 2012 from 5-7pm at the OpenGrounds space on the Corner.   [Corner of Main Street and 14th Street, Charlottesville, VA adjacent to the University of Virginia Grounds]
Sponsored by the Graduate Studies Office, this workshop is an opportunity to facilitate the formation of small dissertation writing groups for advanced graduate students actively writing their dissertations. The workshop will be divided into two parts. During the first part, students will be divided into groups based upon their broad discipline (humanities, social sciences, etc.) and each student will deliver a short “three minute thesis” in which they will orally present a synopsis of their dissertation project to the other group members in three minutes or less. After this exchange, each student will be asked to rank, in order, the top six people he/she would be interested in working with. Following this portion, there will be a short presentation by Ms. Deandra Little from the Teaching Resource Center and Mr. Phillip Trella from the Office of the Vice-President for Research which deals with with how to face the dissertation writing process, how to get the most out of your dissertation group, and other helpful resources.

Refreshments and snacks provided!

If you are interested in this workshop and would like to attend, please take a minute to fill out the survey below so that we may send you additional information.

If you have any questions, please email Morgan Fisher (Humanities Representative – or Juan Lopez-Ruiz (Engineering and Science Representative –

We hope to see you there!

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Tips on Publishing Your Research

Publishing Your Research 101 Video Series

The effective communication of scientific research is vital both to the scientific community and to a scientist’s career. ACS Publications (American Chemical Society) has launched the Publishing Your Research 101 video series to assist authors and reviewers in understanding and improving their experience with the processes of writing, submitting, editing, and reviewing manuscripts.

Who should listen? If you are writing your first research publication, then this series is definitely for you. If you have submitted articles in the past, but would like to improve your skills, then you would benefit from following this series. If you would like to know more about the scholarly communication process, then you will surely find some of these episodes to be of interest. If you are a faculty member or librarian, and are looking for ways to help your students become authors and reviewers, then this series will offer some useful material to build on.

Videos will be released monthly discussing topics such as selecting a journal for submission, writing a good cover letter, suggesting reviewers, responding to reviewer comments and manuscript rejections, tips for non-native English speakers, and more.

You can view the series at the ACS web site

Overcoming Test Anxiety

University Of Chicago Researchers Find Writing About Test Anxiety May Improve Grades.

The AP (1/14, Blankinship) reports that a new study by University of Chicago researchers found that “a simple writing exercise can relieve students of test anxiety and may help them get better scores than their less anxious classmates.” University of Chicago associate professor of psychology Sian L. Beilock and co-author Gerardo Ramirez, a graduate student, “found that students who were prone to test anxiety improved their test grades by nearly one grade point – from a B-minus to a B-plus, for example – if they were given 10 minutes before an exam to write about their feelings.” The two “believe worrying competes for computing power in the brain’s ‘working,’ or short-term memory.” The idea to test the theory came “from the use of writing to combat depression.”

Reposted from the 1/14/11 ASEE First Bell

LaTeX for Theses and Dissertations

Aubry Verret
Research Computing Support Specialist
Thursday, April 8, 2010, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In the Brown Science and Engineering Library Electronic Classroom

This class will cover topics useful in creating a dissertation or thesis.  It is intended for those who already have experience using LaTeX and are comfortable with using basic LaTeX commands, packages, bibliographies and mathematics.  It will be tailored to people in the sciences and engineering.  Topics will include writing multi file documents, creating and formatting tables, importing and formatting graphs and other graphics, using external reference packages with bibtex, and tips and tricks for customizing your document layout.

You can register for this course by submitting a help ticket at

This event is part of the Spring 2010 Research Computing Lab Short Course Series.

Engineering Presentations

Systems and Information Engineering Colloquium

Friday February 5th, 2009

2:00 – 3:15 pm

Olsson 005

 “The Art and Science of Reading, Writing, and Presenting “,  presented by Members of SYS7021, Fall 2009 Class,  School of Engineering and Applied Science University of Virginia

This group of eleven diverse graduate students from the Systems Engineering department discusses the lessons they have learned through critical reading and presenting of seminal research papers from a variety of disciplines. These include strategies for critical reading and writing of technical research papers and techniques for delivering effective presentations. This interactive colloquium will share personal insights and experiences and engage students to evaluate and improve their own research habits and skills.

Everyone is invited!

The Write Stuff

The following is reposted from The Scout Report for January 15, 2010.  From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2010.


Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students

Penn State University provides a great web resource for all engineering and science students with the models, exercises, and advice that it gives for over a half dozen type of documents they will likely encounter in their schooling and eventual professions.  On the left hand side of the homepage visitors will find “Student Resources”, “Instructor Resources”, and links to the “Contributors”, which include “Virginia Tech”, “University of Illinois”, and “Georgia Tech”.  The “Introduction” on the homepage, offers the following basics to consider when starting a paper: “Assessing the Audience”, “Selecting the Format”, and “Crafting the Style”.  Also on the homepage the site gives links to guidance on “Presentations”, “Correspondence”, “Formal Reports”, “Proposals”, “Instructions”, and “Journal Articles”.  The “Design of Presentation Slides”, under the “Presentations” link, demonstrates the use of the assertion-evidence structure for presentation slides, as opposed to the typical PowerPoint template, along with many resources on the left hand side of the page that tout the benefits of that structure. [KMG]

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