Writing and Research Workshops

Fall 2017 (more coming soon...)

The Graduate Writing Center offers a wide variety of writing workshops, ranging from general to more specialized topics, such as academic genres, writing in certain disciplinary areas, or writing English as a Second Language. We also provide information on workshops and services from selected campus offices that provide assistance with research, data management, and data analysis. Special thanks to our campus programming partners: the UCLA Library, Writing Programs, the Institute for Digital Research and Education, Counseling and Psychological Services, and the Career Center.


General Workshops

Strategic Reading
Alexandra Verini, English, Graduate Writing Center Consultant
Allison Collins, Comparative Literature, Graduate Writing Center Consultant
Feeling overwhelmed by your reading lists? Concerned that you are missing the point of what you have just read? Are you taking pages of notes for every article you read? This workshop will cover effective reading and note-taking strategies so that you read more efficiently, assess your reading with a critical eye, and annotate each work so that important concepts are easily accessible. Nota Bene: This workshop does not teach speed-reading techniques.
1) Wednesday, October 4th, 3:30-5:00 PM
Location: Conference Room 3, Student Activities Center (basement level) (map)
2) Thursday, October 5th, 3:30-5:00 PM
Location: Conference Room 3, Student Activities Center (basement level) (map)


Workshops on Writing Grants and Fellowships

Applying for the NIH Training Fellowship
Alexander Sun, NIH Fellowship Recipient, Graduate Writing Center, Consultant
This workshop will cover the application process and required components of an NIH NRSA application.. We will discuss preparation, documents needed, and writing strategies. The workshop will mainly focus on NIH Grant F31, but F30 and F32 are very similar. The workshop will also address how to find appropriate materials/resources for a complete application.             

Friday, September 29th, 12:00-1:30 PM
Location: Conference Room 4, Student Activities Center (basement level) (map)

Writing Successful Grant and Fellowship Applications (Humanities and Social Science focus)
Eric Newman, Mellon Grant Recipient, Graduate Writing Center Consultant
This workshop will first briefly review funding opportunities for graduate students in humanities, social sciences, and related fields. The workshop will then focus on strategies for writing effective applications for grants and fellowships to support graduate study and research, especially for students seeking doctorates and research MAs. The workshop will also cover tips for organizing the application process.
Wednesday, October 4th, 5:15-7:15 PM
Location: Conference Room 3, Student Activities Center (basement level) (map)

Applying for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Jenna Cummings, NSF GRF Recipient, Graduate Writing Center Consultant
Ariella Machness, NSF GRF Recipient, Graduate Writing Center Consultant
Tahseen Shams, NSF GRF Recipient, Graduate Writing Center Consultant
Estevan Hernandez, Graduate Division Fellowship Services
This workshop will discuss strategies for applying for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Open to US citizens in the Social, Physical, and Biological Sciences, this highly competitive fellowship provides three years of fellowship funding to successful applicants. The workshop will focus on the intellectual merit and broader impacts criteria for NSF grants, the structure of the research proposal and personal statement, suggestions for writing style, and tips for Fastlane submission. 
Thursday, October 5th, 5:15-7:00 PM
Location: Conference Room 3, Student Activities Center (basement level) (map)

Writing Successful Grant and Fellowship Applications (Science and Engineering Focus)
Jonathan Chang, NSF DIG Recipient, Graduate Writing Center Consultant
Ariella Machness, NSF GRF Recipient, Graduate Writing Center Consultant
This workshop will first briefly review funding opportunities for graduate students in sciences and engineering. The workshop will then focus on strategies for writing effective applications for grants and fellowships to support graduate study and research, especially for students seeking doctorates and research MAs. The workshop will also cover tips for organizing the application process.
Friday, October 6th, 2:00-4:00 PM
Location: Conference Room 4, Student Activities Center (basement level) (map)


Humanities Writing Workshops


Social Sciences Writing Workshops


Science and Engineering Writing Workshops


ESL Workshops

Academic Writing Skills Workshop for ESL Graduate Students 
Adrienne Lynett, Applied Linguistics, Graduate Writing Center Consultant
In this interactive workshop, ESL graduate students will learn skills and strategies to build their fluency, accuracy, and comprehensibility in English academic writing. In addition, we will discuss useful on-campus, online, and print resources that will help students to work independently to improve their writing. There will also be time for questions and answers about ESL writing issues and concerns. 
Tuesday, October 3rd, 5:15-7:00 PM
Location: Conference Room 3, Student Activities Center (basement level) (map)

Email Etiquette at the University
Alexandra Verini, English, Graduate Writing Center Consultant 
A graduate student will write hundreds of emails while getting his or her degree—emails that invite professors to serve on thesis/dissertation committees, emails that ask for extensions on papers, emails in which graduate students introduce themselves to potential mentors or advisors. Designed for graduate students who speak English as a second or foreign language, this workshop breaks down the language necessary to make polite requests over email. It also covers basic email etiquette and includes opportunities to edit real example emails written by graduate students.
Friday, October 6th, 12:00-2:00 PM
Location: Conference Room 4, Student Activities Center (basement level) (map)


Statistical Software Workshops and Consultation

Current and former workshops: http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/seminars/default.htm

For walk-in consulting information, Stat books for loan, and the most up-to-date listing of seminars, please see the Statistical Consulting Services web page of the Institute for Digital Research and Education. The Statistical Consulting Services also keep an extensive archive of past workshops, which may be found here.


Research Workshops

To see the most complete, current schedule of UCLA Library workshops, consult the UCLA Library research workshop page.

Click the link below for more information about the research and teaching support offered by the UCLA Library: http://www.library.ucla.edu/support

Research Guides
Online research guides link to key resources and reference books for certain courses and disciplines. Subject guides, course guides, and general research guides are available.

Research Appointments
Graduate students are encouraged to contact the Library's subject specialists for more specialized and personalized assistance with research, library resources, and subject databases; find a complete list of all subject specialists here.

Copyright Questions
Contact the Library's copyright experts for assistance with copyright, publishing, intellectual property, and other related issues at copyright@library.ucla.edu.