The Graduate Writing Facilitators (GWFs) provide academic English writing and oral communication support to graduate students across the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus @ the Graduate Research and Innovation Center (GRIC) located in the General Library. GWFs also offer writing clinics about essential topics for graduate school success. On this guide we will share the presentations offered in each clinic. Stay tuned for updates!
Are you thinking of a way to impress your employer on the day of your job interview? Perhaps you want to make an impact on multiple companies at the annual job fair? Are you planning on visiting your top school for PhD and impress faculty members? Learn how to effectively present yourselves, your research ideas, and your curriculum in this interactive writing clinic. The clinic will allow participants to learn writing strategies on how to prepare an elevator speech and give space to practice it among fellow graduate students.
Clear, intelligible written communication in English is essential for success in graduate school and beyond. Whether you need to refresh some of the fundamentals of grammar, improve your writing process, and/or polish your writing style, this interactive workshop is for you! You will sharpen your writing skills by learning how to use proper grammar and transitional phrases to make your academic writing more effective and appealing to readers.
Being able to identify your target audience is essential when addressing the public in presentations, writing professional letters and even networking emails. In this clinic, you will learn about style, tone, diction and voice which are crucial components in writing. Through hands-on activities, you will learn to quickly determine your target audience and assure the adequate approach.
STEM students are not only required to successfully complete their research, they must also report their findings in clear, cohesive and appealing written reports. This clinic will discuss specific conventions and requirements for effective writing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We will address how to write the introduction, methodology, results, and discussion/conclusion sections of academic products such as abstracts, posters, and reports. Participants will improve their understanding of the writing process (from content selection and organization to editing and proofreading) for academic purposes.
Your success in graduate school depends partly on your ability to critically read, summarize, and review relevant literature in your field. In this clinic you will learn how to search for, compile, and organize your sources in order to tell your own research story in a coherent, engaging, and appealing way.
The workshop covers different techniques and strategies to effectively integrate academic sources into STEM based writing. Participants will learn how to select appropriate sources to support their research, how to incorporate these sources in their writing and how to cite them for academic audiences.
Abstracts are required for most projects graduate students will undertake during their academic and professional careers. In this clinic you will learn about the different types of abstracts that are commonly used in academia, the ones that are most pertinent to your discipline or field of studies and the steps that you should follow to produce a polished, professional and publishable informative abstract.
This activity is sponsored by the Transformational Initiative for Graduate Education and Research (TIGER), US Department of Education, Title V, Part B, Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) Program (#P031M140035).
Note: This guide was developed by Hilda Teresa Ayala González.