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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Upcoming Workshop

Blueprint to a Narrative (Literature) Review

Narrative (literature) reviews are one of the most useful and common review article formats for obtaining a broad perspective on a topic, yet they are commonly misunderstood by young researchers. This webinar will teach high school and university students the differences between review articles and how to write their own narrative (literature) review articles. This is ideal for young student researchers just beginning their research careers – it also just happens to be one of the paper formats accepted by the STEM Fellowship Journal!

How to join: The webinar will take place on Sunday Aug 16th at 1 PM PST/4 PM EST. 

Meeting link: Soon to be posted

 

Workshop Topics

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.

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.

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.

Final Words

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 or Philipp Maurus.

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