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AGC 5160: Writing for Research and Publication—Science Section

Students enjoy learning about American culture. From left: Francisca Lekey and Anna Palmer focus on organizing and developing their thoughts for the next phase of their thesis.
From left: Francisca Lekey and Anna Palmer focus on organizing and developing their thoughts for the next phase of their thesis.

AGC 5160: Writing for Research and Publication—Science Section is open to graduate students, both domestic and international students, in the sciences. Students should register for this course when they are ready to write up their research. The focus is on idea organization and development and citation of sources.

This three-hour class is designed for graduate students in the sciences who are writing up:

  • A proposal or prospectus for their research plan
  • A thesis, dissertation, or final project
  • A research article for publication

Hybrid format: This course is delivered in a hybrid format utilizing both face-to-face and online instruction, allowing flexibility for busy graduate students.

Individualized instructor feedback and science-writing content guide students through the process of writing up their primary research following the guidelines and practices of their field and through all sections of a research document (e.g., background and introduction, methods, results, discussion).

Students practice critiquing, organizing, synthesizing ideas, and citing sources effectively according to their research topic in an academic style.

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Create a research project, such as a research prospectus, thesis or dissertation, or article, with the focus on both a) the organization and language and style appropriate for these tasks and b) the purpose of the research project.
  • Develop their self-editing and proofreading skills.
  • Effectively use sources, including accurate citation practices and using sources to build an argument.

Note: A great resource for this course is Thesis and Dissertation Services in the Graduate College.

What Students Are Saying About This Class

Shiv Subedi, Physics graduate student, remarks that "AGC 5160 has provided me with a great deal of help in writing the proposal of my dissertation. I have been learning the proper scientific way that each section and chapter can be developed, which has been extremely effective now that I am finalizing the sections of my proposal."

Anna Palmer, graduate student in Environmental Studies, says that "as a native English speaker, I assumed that I knew how to write. AGC taught me what content should be in each section of my thesis and provided useful linguistic tools that make each section as strong as possible. The one-on-one attention and motivation I receive from my instructor and classmates really helped me meet important deadlines and organize all of my hard work."