Writing groups in computer science research labs

Adam Doupe, Janet L. Kayfetz

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Abstract

Researchers must excel at writing to effectively engage the scientific community. Clear and engaging writing advances new knowledge and increases the impact of a researcher's work. As developing researchers, it is essential that graduate students learn to write clearly and effectively so that their work is accessible to their peers and colleagues. An essential part of graduate school education should include the teaching of formal writing skills. In most graduate programs, students learn formal writing skills from two sources, their advisors or a writing class. We identify a third source: the graduate student peer group. In this paper, we describe how we leveraged the existing collaborative research dynamic among students in a graduate research lab and created a writing group, similar in spirit to the concept of a reading group. We describe the inspiration, implementation, and impact of a writing group in a real-world research lab. We show how the writing group started organically after a PhD student took a graduate writing class in the Computer Science Department and thereafter initiated the writing group in his research lab. We also describe how a writing group can be implemented in other research labs to improve the writing of graduate students worldwide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
Pages1359-1365
Number of pages7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event43rd IEEE Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2013 - Oklahoma City, OK, United States
Duration: Oct 23 2013Oct 26 2013

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Other43rd IEEE Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2013
CountryUnited States
CityOklahoma City, OK
Period10/23/1310/26/13

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  • Education

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Doupe, A., & Kayfetz, J. L. (2013). Writing groups in computer science research labs. In Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE (pp. 1359-1365). [6685054] https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2013.6685054

Writing groups in computer science research labs. / Doupe, Adam; Kayfetz, Janet L.

Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE. 2013. p. 1359-1365 6685054.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Doupe, A & Kayfetz, JL 2013, Writing groups in computer science research labs. in Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE., 6685054, pp. 1359-1365, 43rd IEEE Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2013, Oklahoma City, OK, United States, 10/23/13. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2013.6685054
Doupe A, Kayfetz JL. Writing groups in computer science research labs. In Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE. 2013. p. 1359-1365. 6685054 https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2013.6685054
Doupe, Adam ; Kayfetz, Janet L. / Writing groups in computer science research labs. Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE. 2013. pp. 1359-1365
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