Workshops and Retreats

CWSC evidence-based workshops are open to undergraduates from across the disciplines and professions, at any level of study (unless otherwise specified).

Upcoming Workshops

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Annotated Bibliographies: Synthesizing Multiple Studies

This evidence-based workshop introduces researchers to the typical structure of an annotated bibliography, while accounting for variations in purpose. Typically, the annotations synthesize multiple studies, help develop a discussion of the current field, and help identify a potential knowledge contribution. Research shows that annotated bibliographies across disciplines typically consist of 3 parts: the full bibliographic citation; a relevant academic summary; a critical evaluation. But how do authors determine relevance? What does it mean to write critical annotations?

The workshop facilitator draws on research to address these questions, while discussing this text as a type of literature survey with its own distinct patterns of organization. Participants will write or revise an annotated bibliography entry and receive feedback from the workshop facilitator. Therefore, this workshop is most useful for those with an annotated bibliography underway.

CGS-Master’s Proposal: Crafting a Compelling Research Story

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.

Citing to Communicate: Who, What, When, Where, Why

All too often, scholarly citation is approached by students as a frustrating obstacle on the path to completing a writing assignment, rather than as an intellectual pursuit in its own right. This workshop aims to reframe that mindset by demystifying the who, what, when, where, and why of citational practices. No matter the citation style they are being asked to engage with, participants will come away from this workshop with a greater understanding of the purpose behind citation, as well as a pragmatic conception of how to apply that understanding in their own academic writing. The workshop is designed for undergraduate and master’s students at any level.

The MURC Abstract: Communicating Research Findings With Brevity and Concision

Conference abstracts play a vital role in the communication of scholarly research. But how do writers communicate the relevance and legitimacy of their research to mConference abstracts play a vital role in the communication of scholarly research. But how do writers communicate the relevance and legitimacy of their research to members of their discipline, and, importantly, to researchers in other disciplines? This workshop introduces undergraduate researchers to the typical structure of the scientific abstract across disciplines, while accounting for disciplinary differences and community norms. During the workshop, participants will write or revise a draft of their MURC abstract, and receive feedback from the workshop facilitators and other participants.

Professional Communication: Building a Strong Resume

Your resume may be the first opportunity for professional communication with a prospective employer. Applicants use the resume as a tool to highlight relevant experience and skills, and to persuade recruiters to invite them for an interview. How do applicants highlight their strongest assets and make themselves stand out amongst other candidates? From thinking about audience to writing effective accomplishment statements, this workshop introduces a range of strategies that can help build and improve your resume. This workshop is the second workshop in the Professional Communication series.

Professional Communication: Crafting a Compelling Cover Letter

Is it necessary to include a cover letter in my job application? In most cases, the answer is a resounding yes. The cover letter provides you the opportunity to highlight your qualifications as well as your interest in the position and the organization, and increases your chance of advancing to the interview. However, writing an impressive cover letter is not an easy task. This workshop will walk participants through the process of drafting the cover letter for both non-academic and academic positions, and includes dedicated time for participants to draft or revise their cover letters. This workshop is the third workshop in the Professional Communication series.

Professional Communication: From Classroom to Workplace

In both the classroom and the workplace, the ability to communicate professionally is a valuable skill. This is especially true today, when so many of our interactions take place digitally through print and video. This workshop applies empirical research on “real-world” classroom and workplace scenarios to teach participants how to make informed decisions about their communicative choices and represent themselves in an appropriate, professional manner. This is the first workshop in the Professional Communication series.

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? Research shows that personal statements must reflect the values of the profession, and that the personal self you construct in the statement must be a relevant self. That is, relevant to the chosen profession or discipline.
 

This workshop draws on research to introduce participants to some of the typical stylistic features of the personal statement, such as personal narrative, identity construction, and self-promotion, and includes dedicated time for participants to revise a statement and receive feedback from the facilitators. Therefore, this workshop is most useful for those with a draft of a personal statement underway.