Scholarly Writing Workshops

Introduction

STEM Fellowship has developed and hosted multiple scholarly writing workshops all over Canada, through university branches. We can also create informational research based videos for your conference or event by request only. 

Our workshops are aimed at university students – particularly young researchers. These workshops are not meant to be generic discussions. Our workshops emphasize the basics and ensure that workshop attendees develop a strong understanding of the topic – and then go a step further, and complement the learning experience with relevant digital tools and hands-on exercises.

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Workshop Topics

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Introduction to Research

The Introduction to Research workshop provides students with practical advice for beginning
their research careers. It gives students a thorough introduction to basic research terminology
while also providing them with resources for tracking down research opportunities they may be
interested in. It also outlines detailed steps for approaching relevant individuals (e.g., principal
investigators) including writing effective CVs, emails, and cover letter etiquette. The workshop also gives
brief introductions to the different groups of broad research (basic science, epidemiology, clinical.), grant
and scholarship applications, as well as tips for sharing and communicating their research.

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Editing 101: Learn To Be Your Own Editor

As the name of this workshop suggests, it will largely focus on editing. Workshop attendees will learn strategies to edit for flow, clarity, grammar, and conciseness through a series of hands-on exercises.

This workshop’s target audience is students who have already started their research careers
but need guidance on how to write papers more effectively. This workshop provides high-level
advice on how to organize, write, and edit technical writing, providing guidance on everything from how to use the semi-colon to the general structure of a research paper. It is highly interactive, with several exercises dispersed throughout the workshop that engage the students in the subject material directly. A key emphasis here is that the attending student researchers may have great content in their papers but may not know how to organize the
content in a way that delivers the highest possible impact. In this sense, the workshop goes beyond ‘Editing 101’ as it is an effective introduction to the fundamentals of technical writing.

STEM Fellowship UBC's Scholarly Writing Workshop - held on March 3rd 2017.
STEM Fellowship UBC's Scholarly Writing Workshop - held on March 3rd 2017.

Introduction to Scholarly Writing: How To Write A Paper To Be Noticed

This workshop will focus on teaching workshop attendees the features of a strong piece of scholarly writing, what should be included in each component (Title, Abstract, Introduction, Results, Discussion) and especially, how workshop attendees can apply these elements to make their own writing stronger. 

This workshop is the logical follow-up to the Editing 101 workshop, as the target audience may be well-versed in scholarly writing but may still need guidance on the ins-and-outs of
submitting papers, generating impact, and writing/organizing the specific sections of a
manuscript. Emphasis is put on the specific manuscript sections and mechanics (abstracts,
results, formatting figures, etc.) so that students leave with a thorough understanding of how
their manuscript should appear at the macro and micro levels. Further emphasis is put on the
fact that there is no standard formula for writing an effective manuscript, but mastering the
fundamental tools will allow student-researchers to put together meaningful and impactful papers.

So far, STEM Fellowship’s scholarly writing workshops have been held at the following locations: the University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, University of Calgary, McMaster University, University of Guelph, Dalhousie University, McGill University, University of Western Ontario, University of New Brunswick, University of Saskatchewan, University of Manitoba, Queen’s University, University of Alberta, and University of Waterloo. 

If you would like further information or would like to collaborate with STEM Fellowship to help deliver these scholarly writing workshops, please get in touch with the Scholarly Writing Workshop Co-leads Arman Athwal (arman.athwal@stemfellowship.org) or Philipp Maurus (philipp.maurus@stemfellowship.org).