Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication

 

 Events

Title Description Date Theme
Academic Oral Presentations: Presenting as a Scholar

How does one give a successful oral presentation? “Make eye contact,” “be confident,” “dress professionally”… The advice that we often receive tends to focus on the performance aspect of presenting, rather than viewing it as an opportunity to communicate and further our research.

6 October 2022 - 11:00am Academic, Writing and Communication
Writing with Integrity: Fundamentals for Emerging Scholars

How do I avoid plagiarizing? “Paraphrase,” “cite everything,” “stick to the style guide”… These answers, and perhaps the question itself, neglect the fact that academic writing involves a complicated process of text integration, rather than mechanically following the rules to avoid being accused of plagiarizing.

18 October 2022 - 10:30am Writing and Communication
Writing With Integrity: Citing Like an Insider

In this workshop, we focus on the interrelations between writers (academic and professional), their source materials (cited works), and their readers (intended audience).

19 October 2022 - 10:30am Academic, Writing and Communication
Writing in STEM: Writing to Weave Your Findings Into the Scholarly Conversation

Writing at the graduate level involves bringing findings into conversation with explanatory and methodological frameworks, and theoretical ideas and concepts. Presenting your specific study requires waves of meaning-making, articulating how your findings can be explained or how ideas are exemplified or illustrated by your evidence.

25 October 2022 - 10:00am Academic, Writing and Communication
CGS-Master’s Proposal: Crafting a Compelling Research Story

This workshop is designed for undergraduate and master’s students applying for funding from the Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s (CGS-M) Program. Drawing on evidence-based research about successful grant proposals, facilitators discuss particular elements of this written academic genre: audience, purpose, knowledge gap, competence claim, structure, style, and more.

10 November 2022 - 10:00am Academic, Writing and Communication
Writing in STEM: Writing for Clarity in Complexity

Writing at the graduate level involves bringing complex and technical ideas together, through description and interpretations of causation, correlation and more. Building this complexity in long texts is itself a complex process, requiring the simultaneous management of individual technical words, phrasing, and whole sentences and paragraphs to layer meanings together.

15 November 2022 - 10:00am Academic, Writing and Communication
Writing Personal Statements: Crafting Your Professional Identity

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?

17 November 2022 - 10:00am Writing and Communication
Research Article Introductions: Mind the Gap

Research shows that academic writers of research article Introductions typically establish a research space by pointing out a research gap that the current study addresses. The Introduction offers an opportunity for writers to begin to tell the research story by articulating the gap and, then, taking their own conversational turn.

23 November 2022 - 10:00am Writing and Communication
Writing in STEM: Common Academic Expressions in English

Writing in the STEM disciplines can be an especially challenging task for multilingual writers who speak English as an additional language, as it requires a high level of language proficiency to effectively use the English language with the appropriate level of accuracy, precision, and conciseness.

24 November 2022 - 10:00am Writing and Communication
Research Article Conclusions: Wrapping Up and Looking Forward

The research article is the most privileged form of publication in which academics present their intellectual contributions. As such, conclusions offer writers several final opportunities to engage with readers in this high-stakes writing situation.

30 November 2022 - 10:00am Writing and Communication

 Services

Title Description Theme
Writing Consultations

The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication supports a diverse community of writers at UBC, at various levels of proficiency, across many types of graduate student writing situations: academic, creative, professional, and technical. Consider booking a one-on-one appointment (in-person or written feedback) with a peer writing consultant to support your writing projects.  

Visit their website to learn more about hours, how to prepare for, and to book, a writing consultation.

Academic, Writing and Communication

 Resources

Title Description Theme
Annotated Research Articles

A series of 8 annotated research articles from across the disciplines (listed under "Academic Writing Resources" here) . The annotations point out standard features of research articles, while accounting for disciplinary difference. Technical vocabulary appears in blue italicized text with relevant definitions in floating text.

Academic, Writing and Communication
Writing with Integrity

A short video in which Drs Susan Porter and Beth Haverkamp discuss the importance of writing with integrity (the importance of writing and contributing new knowledge and scholarship with integrity; avoiding plagiarism)

Academic, Writing and Communication
Video Guides to Writing and Research

A series of videos to introduce students to the fundamentals of academic writing and research: “Writing in Situations”, An interview with Dr. Anthony Paré plus
5 videos (“The Writing Process”, “The Prewriting Stage”, “The Writing Stage”, “The Revision Stage”, and “Managing Time to Write”) featuring conversations with 4 graduate students from Chemistry, Civil Engineering, English Literature, and Linguistics.  (Playlist)

Academic, Writing and Communication
Annotated Abstracts

The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication developed this series of annotated abstracts from across the disciplines as a student resource. The annotations point out standard features of abstracts, while accounting for disciplinary difference. Technical vocabulary appears in blue italicized text with relevant definitions in floating text.

Writing and Communication
Guides to Writing and Research

The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication developed these resources to assist students across the disciplines and professions. These evidence-based resources describe some of the typical practices that occur in high-stakes writing situations, with a focus on academic genres: abstracts, lay summaries, literature reviews, research article introductions, and so on.

Writing and Communication
Academic Integrity, Introduction to

The “Introduction to Academic Integrity” Canvas module discusses academic integrity in the context of why it matters — as a core element of how we as scholars and professionals do our work (and live our professional lives) at UBC and beyond. The module features 4 videos with UBC faculty, librarians, and students (see 1 example below), as well as pre- and post-reflection questions for students, and takes no more than 30 minutes to complete. Once they submit their responses, students can download a certificate of completion.

Academic, Writing and Communication