SURF Writing Workshops

These workshops are open to students doing undergraduate research at Caltech via SURF, WAVE, Exchange, LIGO/SURF, NASA/JPL, or GROWTH. Please contact us at writing@caltech.edu if you have any questions about your eligibility. 

WRITE YOUR WAY INTO GRAD SCHOOL
THURS, JUNE 25, 4PM PDT

This workshop will help you tackle the all-important graduate school Statement of Purpose (SOP). We will cover the rhetorical goals of the SOP and discuss some approaches to writing YOUR best statement yet. 

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Plan to attend this event? You may also be interested in our Statement of Purpose Personal Training Sessions!

FROM RESEARCH TO REPORT: ELEMENTS OF A SCIENTIFIC PAPER
Part 1: THURS, JULY 2, 4PM PDT
Part 2: THURS, JULY 9, 4PM PDT

This 2-part workshop series will introduce students to the fundamentals of composing a scientific paper. Topics include the rhetorical features of STEM writing and tools & techniques for writing your interim and final reports. Part 1 will cover the overall report, abstract, and introduction. Part 2 will cover the methods, results, and discussion/conclusion. 

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NAVIGATING THE SEA OF PAPERS
THURS, JULY 16, 4PM PDT

Understanding how to conduct a literature search and integrate published work into your own learning/writing will not only make you a better writer but also a better researcher. We will discuss all things related to finding, reading, and writing about the work of others. 

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A FIGURE IS WORTH 1,000 WORDS
THURS, JULY 23, 4PM PDT

Learn the essentials behind strong visual rhetoric, including clarity, organization, and graphic design principles. 

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EDIT WITHOUT MERCY
THURS, JULY 30, 4PM PDT

In this workshop we will discuss: 1) what grammatical features tend to make a sentence unclear 2) how to develop a critical eye for recognizing when a sentence is weak, and 3) key strategies for targeting and editing weak sentences. 

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THE SCIENCE POSTER WORKSHOP
THURS, AUG 6, 4PM PDT

This workshop will provide information on presenting posters for scientific conferences. Both content and format will be discussed as well as principles for effective delivery. 

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THE ART OF TALKING SCIENCE

THURS, AUG 13, 4PM PDT

This workshop will guide you through the general audience science talk. We will discuss important topics in oral communication, including knowing your audience, visual rhetoric, organization, and timing. 

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