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Course: Writing and Communication for Research Scientists

Every spring, the Biomedical Research Training Program for Nationals offers a 14- week non-credit course taught by WCM-Q faculty and designed specifically to address the needs of Qatari interns. Successful participants receive a certificate.
 

Course Description

The course aims to prepare Qatari interns for scientific research and professional employment. It introduces students to academic writing and offers guidelines on writing scientific articles and grant proposals.

There are two independent but interrelated modules to the course:

  • Module 1 - Business Communication, teaches students how to prepare curriculum vitae and write professional emails, business letters, and cover letters. In addition, it covers the skills needed to develop one’s professional career goals.
  • Module 2 - Scientific Writing, focuses on essential research communication skills, including writing critiques, abstracts, laboratory reports, literature reviews, and grant proposals. In this part of the course students also improve oral communication skills and practice presenting research results. At the end of each module students must submit a portfolio.

For more information:
Contact the course director, Dr. Krystyna Golkowska: krg2005@qatar-med.cornell.edu
 

Additional Resources

Academic integrity
For information on using and documenting sources click on the following links:

Guidelines and tips on academic and scientific writing

WCM-Q library houses a small collection of print sources for scholars and graduate students:
  • Cargill, M., & Connor, P. (2013). Writing scientific research articles: Strategies and steps (2nd ed.). Chichester, England: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Feak, C., & Swales, J. (2009). Telling a research story: Writing a literature review. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
  • Feak, C., & Swales, J. (2011). Creating contexts: Writing introductions across genres. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
  • Graff, G., & Birkenstein, C. (2014). "They say / I say": The moves that matter in academic writing (3rd ed.). New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.
  • Hofmann, A. (2012). Writing in the biological sciences: A comprehensive resource for scientific communication. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.
  • Howe, S., & Henriksson, K. (2007). Phrasebook for writing papers and research in English (4th ed.). Cambridge, England: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
  • Schimel, J. (2011). Writing science: How to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.
  • Swales, J., & Feak, C. (2009). Abstracts and the writing of abstracts. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
  • Swales, J., & Feak, C. (2004). Academic writing for graduate students: Essential tasks and skills (2nd ed.). Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
  • Zeiger, M. (1999). Essentials of writing biomedical research papers (2nd ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Professional.
Books available online via WCM-Q elibrary
Books available for purchase on Amazon Kindle
  • Graff, G., & Birkenstein, C. (2014). "They say / I say": The moves that matter in academic writing (3rd ed.). New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.
  • Howe, S., & Henriksson, K. (2007). Phrasebook for writing papers and research in English (4th ed.). Cambridge, England: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
  • Zeiger, M. (1999). Essentials of writing biomedical research papers (2nd ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Professional.
The Writing Center

The Writing Center at WCM-Q provides consultation and collaborative writing support at any level for all types of writing. More information
 

Biomedical Research Training For Nationals

Lab Related Materials (Safety, Procedures, Etc.)

For more information:
Contact the Director of Environmental Health & Safety, Thomas Doyle: tad2006@qatar-med.cornell.edu