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CWSC MONTHLY | August 4, 2021

The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication (CWSC) is an educational support unit at UBC Vancouver. The CWSC draws on evidence-based research to design and deliver writing-focused programming for all community members.

NEWS FROM THE CENTRE

Announcing New CWSC Program Coordinator

Xuan Zhang joined the CWSC this July as the Program Coordinator. She is also in the final year of her Ph.D. at the School of Audiology & Speech Sciences at UBC. Originally from China, Xuan received her B.A. in Japanese Language & Literature from Wuhan University, and went to Japan to pursue her M.A. in Language Education at Ritsumeikan University. She is interested in bilingual

language development and second language acquisition in both children and adults. At UBC, her doctoral research focuses on the challenges that adolescent immigrants face with academic language, while navigating the Canadian high school curriculum in their second language. In her new role at the CWSC, Xuan develops and delivers writing-focused workshops and events for undergraduate students, and assists the Program Manager with graduate programming. She looks forward to supporting UBC students in developing their writing and scholarly communication skills from evidence-based pedagogical approaches.

WORK WITH US

The CWSC is hiring a Doctoral Graduate Research Assistant (GRA), from September 13 – December 17, 2021, to provide support to faculty and staff on the funded project “Writing in the STEM Disciplines: Advancing Graduate Academic Literacies.”

The project serves a diverse community of graduate student writers at UBC Vancouver, at various levels of proficiency, across many types of writing situations in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics/Medicine). The GRA collaborates with faculty and staff to support a series of STEM writing workshops (in-person; virtual; hybrid) and curricular materials (print and online). Find the full job description and where to apply here.

WRITING CONSULTATIONS

Undergraduate Consultations | Graduate Consultations
Two formats of online consultation are available: Video Consultation and Written Feedback. All students at UBC are invited to sign up for a peer-to-peer conversation about their writing.

Writing Consultations for undergraduate and graduate students conclude Friday, August 13 and resume on Monday, September 13.

Postdoctoral Fellows | Faculty and Staff
Patty Kelly, Program Manager, who holds a doctorate in Writing and Discourse Studies, is available for one-on-one writing consultations with postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff.

WORKSHOPS AND RETREATS

Undergraduate & Graduate

CGS-Master’s Scholarship Workshop: Writing the Research Proposal

Thursday, October 21, 2021, 10am – 12pm PT

This workshop is designed for undergraduate and graduate 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.
The workshop includes examples of successful UBC CGS-M research proposals from several disciplines, as well as a facilitated discussion with a UBC Master’s student about writing her successful CGS-M proposal.

Graduate

Doctoral Tri-Council Workshop: Writing the Research Proposal

Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 10am – 12pm PT

This workshop is for graduate students applying for Doctoral Tri-Council funding: CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC. Drawing on evidence-based research about what style features successful grant proposals draw on, facilitators discuss particular elements of this high-stakes written academic genre: audience, purpose, knowledge gap/problem, methodology, organizational structure, and more. The workshop includes examples of successful UBC Tri-Council research proposals.

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