As research moves into undergraduate courses, both honors programs and experiential learning, college seniors need more strategies and techniques for writing up and disseminating results in papers and honors theses. The same is true for 5th Year Master’s students who are expected to arrive in programs ready to conduct research. To address these student needs and those of other beginning researchers, the UAB Graduate School has revamped one of its elective writing courses, GRD 726, Introduction to Research Writing. “This newly designed course is an ideal introduction to (or review of) fundamental structures for writing up research,” says Dr. Jeff Engler, Associate Dean of the Graduate School. “We think GRD 726 will appeal to students who are conducting research for the first time, who want to get their results out there, but who currently have little experience.”
Taught by experienced instructor Amy Badham, the course features the most common sub-genres in academic texts – the problem-solution structure, the general-to-specific introduction, and data commentary. “Students find that practice constructing these short essential texts positions them for successfully writing up results for conference abstracts, posters, papers, and honors theses,” Amy explains. GRD 726 is a 3-credit hour, pass-no pass course developed by the Graduate School’s Professional Development Program staff for students looking for electives to meet their instructional needs. It is taught in the Spring 2013 for all students and in the Fall 2013 for international or bilingual students. The course in Spring 2013 runs from Jan. 30 to April 10 and meets on Wednesday afternoons from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Students can register between now and Jan. 8. Late registration (with a nominal fee) runs from Jan. 9-Jan. 16. For more information, email Ms. Badham at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Jennifer L. Greer at email@example.com.