Summer 2013: “Writing for Publication” Workshop at UMBC, July 9-10

Books3Based on  The Dissertation House, “Writing for Publication” allows graduate students at all levels to spend time on publications for journals.  In these sessions, students who are ready to prepare research for publication will gather as a group to work on manuscripts.

Dates: Tuesday, July 9 and Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Location: UMBC Commons, Room 331

Eligibility:  All M.S. and Ph.D. students, in all disciplines are welcome to apply.  We will choose up to 15 students. Decisions will be made based on clarity and focus of project descriptions.

Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Kevin Omland, Professor, Biological Sciences, UMBC

Project Description/Application:

A) Please submit a current CV.

B) Please answer the following questions:  (1) What is the topic of your intended publication? (2) Where are you in the writing process? (3) Have you published any journal articles to date? (4) Which journals are you targeting? (Please give the titles, with websites) 5) What are your goals for this workshop (Completed paper? Abstract? Literature Review?).

C) Include the following header information with the description:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone numbers (home, office, and fax)
  • E-mail address
  • Academic Program and Year in the program

Deadline: We have a short window for this pilot project. Email applications to by July 1, 2013.  Please use the words “Writing for Publication” in the subject line of your email.

Sample schedule: 

Day 1, Tuesday, July 9, 2013
9:00 Breakfast, welcome, and introductions.
9:15 – 9:30 Goal setting
9:30 – 12:00 Mini Lecture and Discussion #1 by Dr. Omland
Understanding Impact Factor
12 – 1:00 Lunch in the Skylight Room
1:00 –  5:00 Work on Publication
Day 2, Wednesday, July 10, 2013
9:00 Breakfast, report-out, and goal-setting
9:30 – 10:00 Discussion
10:00 – 12:00 Work on Publication
12 – 1:00 Lunch in the Skylight Room
1:00 – 3:00 Mini Lecture and Discussion #2 by Dr. Omland
Avoid the False Demon of “Perfection”
3:00 – 5:00 Work on Publication

See information from our other Writing for Publication sessions:

“Writing for Publication – Puerto Rico” May 2013

“Writing for Publication – Pilot @ UMBC, January 2013

About Renetta Garrison Tull

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at the University of California Davis. She previously served as Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives at The Graduate School at UMBC, and was Professor of the Practice in the College of Engineering & IT. She was Special Assistant to the Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Director of Graduate and Professional Pipeline Development for the University System of Maryland (12 institutions). She is the Founding Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) –, and Co-PI for the USM LSAMP. Her research on global diversity in STEM continues, and she is an international speaker, covering nearly all continents, for groups and conferences such as the World Engineering Education Forum, the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies, and the Pacific Sciences Congress. Her personal website is: Connect with her on Twitter: @Renetta_Tull;
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16 Responses to Summer 2013: “Writing for Publication” Workshop at UMBC, July 9-10

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  4. Molly V. says:

    Hello all,
    I’m a PhD student in the GES department and am excited to hunker down and makes lots of progress on a manuscript I’ve been working on. My goals for the writing for publication workshop are to complete a solid draft of the introduction and rough outline of the discussion.

  5. Iona Johnson says:

    I’m a PhD student in gerontology. I have a manuscript draft that has been in progress for a while. I need to incorporate suggestions from my mentors/ co-authors, and update my literature review. By the end of the workshop, I want to be able to send my co-authors a manuscript that is ready to be submitted to the journal. See you there!

  6. Madhubanti Chatterjee says:

    I’m a PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering. I am currently working on biomedical area of research. Through this workshop I would like to learn how to prepare a draft which will be a compact outline applicable to biomedical and pediatrics field.

  7. Adam Shulman says:


    My name is Adam Shulman and I am a PhD student in the Public Policy Department. I am working on and economic profile/ case study of Columbus, Ohio as an example of a successful Midwestern City. My goal for the next two days is to polish my original paper and make suitable for publication in an academic journal.

  8. Hilda says:

    I’m a PhD student in Environmental Engineering and my goal is to work on the introduction section of my first paper during the workshop.

  9. Nan Zhou says:

    Hello, my name is Nan Zhou and i am currently a PhD student in the Psychology department. I am working on an independent project related to parental feeding among immigrant mothers. My goal for the next two days is to get started with my Introduction section.

  10. Jared Dixon says:

    Hello, my name is Jared Dixon and I am a Master’s Student at UMBC. I have started writing the introduction and motivation for my Master’s thesis. I am adding content to an experiment I worked on last year. The experiment will be interrelated to my thesis. I am going over my notes from my experiments and re-writing the methodology for my experiment.

  11. Molly V says:

    Yesterday was productive! I was able to complete a first draft of an introduction that I feel pretty good about, and also filled in some minor gaps in the methods section that needed attention. Today my goals are to 1) complete the methods section (just one sub-section to write; a paragraph or two), and 2) have a rough outline for the discussion. If I have time, I will revisit the introduction to fill it out more, but this will probably happen on a later day.

  12. Adam Shulman says:

    I felt that yesterday did allow me to make my paper look more professional. Unfortunately, I may still have a long way to go. My goal for today is to see if I can figure out some concrete next steps.

  13. Nan Z. says:

    I had a very productive writing time yesterday! I completed a first draft of my introduction outline, and was able to find and read a couple of relevant articles through on-campus library resources. My goal for today is to finish reading the articles that I searched yesterday, and refine the outline. The second goal for the afternoon is to start writing the first several intro sessions.

  14. Iona Johnson says:

    Yesterday was productive. I was able to address most of the feedback from my co-authors/ mentors. I also added new articles. Today, my goal is to complete the edits and have a revised draft ready to send back to co-authors by Friday (I think I’ll need to finish renumbering AMA style citations at home). I’m looking forward to Dr. Omland’s session today. I definitely get stalled / bogged down when I’m writing because I’m trying to make things perfect. My overall goal is to write more in a shorter period of time, then go back for edits.

  15. Adam Shulman says:

    After speaking with an adviser for about an hour this afternoon, my original draft may be history. However, it has led me to a possible thesis topic. I may not have met my original goals but I may end up with new ones.

  16. Molly V. says:

    Thanks for organizing a great workshop! I made more good progress yesterday and left motivated to get even closer to the publication goal. Thanks!

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