Writing and Research Workshops

Summer 2016

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

Time Management Strategies
Renee Hudson, English
This workshop will cover time management strategies based on the three pillars of productivity: time, attention, and energy. Learn how to manage your time effectively, prioritize tasks, and schedule your week.
Thursday, June 30th, 5:15-7:15pm
Location: Conference Room 4, Student Activities Center (basement level)
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Self-Editing Strategies for Non-Native Speakers of English
Alexandra Verini, English
This workshop will provide concrete strategies and online tools to enable non-native speakers of English to make appropriate vocabulary choices and approach issues like article and preposition usage in their own writing projects.
Thursday, July 7th, 3:00-5:00pm
Location: Conference Room 4, Student Activities Center (basement level)
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UCLA IRB Review: Policy and Procedures
Paul Lillig, UCLA Office of the Human Research Protections Program (OHRPP)
This workshop will provide an overview of the UCLA IRB application process and related policies and procedures.
Thursday, July 14th, 2:00-2:45pm
Location: Conference Room 4, Student Activities Center (basement level) (map)

Management of Research Data
Jamie Jamison, Data Archivist, UCLA Social Science Data Archives
This workshop covers best practices for managing research data generated in the social sciences. Topics include: rationale for data management planning; best practices for collecting and organizing research data; and best practices for protecting privacy and confidentiality. The workshop provides tips on handling video, audio, qualitative and quantitative data formats and will provide a list of resources and contact information for additional support. The workshop also provides tips for preparing data plans for dissertation proposals and funding applications.
Thursday, July 21st, 3:30-5:00pm
Location: Conference Room 4, Student Activities Center (basement level) (map)

Dissertation Proposal Workshop (STEM)
This workshop will cover dissertation proposal structures and how proposal structure may vary across discipline. We will also focus on writing the dissertation proposal components, including global introduction and background sections, as well as methods and abstracts. In addition, we will address issues related to the oral portion of the proposal. Please bring an outline of your proposal and an abstract if you have them.
Recommended for people currently working on their dissertation proposal, but all are welcome.
Monday, July 25, 5:307:30pm
Location: Conference Room 4, Student Activities Center (basement level) (map)

Editing for Style: How to Improve Your Writing
Stacey Meeker, Information Studies; GSA Director of Publications
I've been told that my writing is "dense" and "passive" and that my sentences don't "flow." How can I fix these problems?  This hands-on workshop will cover strategies for improving writing at the sentence level. We will look at common problems like the overuse of weak verbs, passive voice, and nominalizations as well as offer specific tips to strengthen clarity and cohesion.
Friday, August 12th, 12:00-1:45pm
Location: Conference Room 4, Student Activities Center (basement level) (map)


Workshops on Writing Grants and Fellowships

Writing the Fulbright U.S. Fellowship Application
Jay Johnson, Fulbright Recipient, Graduate Writing Center Consultant
Cherie Francis, Graduate Division Fellowship Services
This workshop will cover strategies for writing the Fulbright U.S. fellowship application. We will address writing tips for fellowship applications as well as specific advice for this Fulbright fellowship. We will discuss the structure and content of key documents using examples.
Tuesday, July 12th, 1:00-2:45pm
Location: Bunche Hall, Room 6275
Registration here: https://grad.ucla.edu/deans/event/?Event=FLBRGHT2016A

More workshops to come...

We have some previously-recorded online workshops about writing in the sciences, including workshops on applying for the NIH NRSA fellowship and writing dissertation proposal and an article-based dissertation in the sciences. For more information, click here.

We have some previously-recorded online workshops about writing in the sciences, including workshops on applying for NSF and NIH fellowships and writing dissertation proposal and an article-based dissertation in the sciences. For more information, click here.


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

Research Workshops
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.

To see the most current schedule of UCLA Library workshops, consult the UCLA Library seminar page.