Writing Centre offers research-grant application help
By Garry Drake
Two pilot projects to help researchers and graduate students with professional communication were launched in August through the University Writing Centre.
Researchers applying for tri-council grants can now get online help to complete and edit CVs, develop lay and media summaries, and edit applications. A team of consultants will work with the researchers.
“The College of Arts and Science worked quickly to ready the Centre in time for CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC deadlines this fall,” says Associate Dean Judith Henderson.
“Improving tri-council funding performance is vital to keeping the University of Saskatchewan competitive nationally and internationally in research and innovation.”
The consultants, four MA candidates in humanities, studied in workshops offered by Research Services and in a scientific writing course with the visiting director of the University of Calgary’s Effective Writing Program.
The team will also tutor graduate students in writing assignments and theses in 2004-05. Graduate Service Fellowships funded the team’s training and have allowed the Writing Centre to be open for appointments with thesis students between summer and fall sessions.
Since 1996 the Centre’s free tutorial service has met increasing demand from students needing guidance in writing assignments, and occasionally even theses and dissertations. The English Department, supported by Student and Enrolment Services Division, administers the Centre. The U of S Integrated Plan considers expanding and co-ordinating these services.
The service for researchers is funded by the Indirect Costs of Research Program. It supplements rather than replaces such Research Office services as grant information, development, and communications.
Tri-council requires that funded research projects and results be reported to the public. The consulting team’s summer course in scientific writing taught graduate and senior undergraduate students in arts and sciences how to communicate their disciplines with each other.
For more information or to book an appointment for Writing Centre services, visit www.arts.usask.ca/writingcentre.