Presentation on theme: "Writing in Graduate School"— Presentation transcript:
1 Writing in Graduate School Dr. Desiderio Kovar, MS&E Graduate Adviser
2 Use Available Resources Sanger Learning CenterOffers the only all-inclusive graduate writing assistance available on campusStudent can bring any form of writing – paper, thesis, dissertation, etc.All students get three free tutoring sessions each semesterProgram for Excellence in Engineering Communicationhttp://www.engr.utexas.edu/peecCommunication workshops for all engineering graduate students – check the web site for datesOral Communication and Writing Courses specifically for international students – highly recommended by students who have taken the course in the past
3 Organizing a Paper Introduction Experimental Procedures Results DiscussionConclusionAcknowledgementsCitations
4 Introduction What is it? What does it include? An introduction to the topicWhy this research is relevant to the fieldContext of existing literatureMake it clear where the contribution is.
5 Experimental Procedures/Results Someone should be able to reproduce your experimental procedures exactly.Include details like elemental purityResults:Can people compare their results to yours?Include supplemental info. or an appendix if necessary.
6 Discussion/Conclusion Discussion = AnalysisWhat did you learn from the results?What do the results tell you about your material?Conclusion
7 Acknowledgments/Authors Who gets included in acknowledgements (as opposed to being listed as an author)?Anyone who did not make a significant intellectual contribution to the work (e.g. lab technician)What is the recommended author order?1st Author – Who did the most lab work?Last Author – Principle InvestigatorEveryone in between – in decreasing order of work contribution
8 Candidacy Abstract Candidacy Abstract A statement explaining why this problem is worth studying from an academic perspective (note that this is not the same thing as the commercial relevance)An explanation of the methods and techniques you intend to use to study/address the proposed question(s)
9 Writing Tips Use common sense Reasonable font choice/size1-inch marginsSpelling/grammar checkCheck the standard on using active/passive voiceUse consistent verb tenses throughout writingCite sources correctly