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CAPC Workshops

We offer free workshops on relevant topics for undergraduate and graduate students, including seminars on procrastination, the writing process, oral presentation skills, and ESL topics. We also offer week-long dissertation camps each summer for doctoral students.

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Building Research Questions You Care About

Wednesday, October, 23, 2019, 6:00-7:30 pm

Have trouble coming up with topics for research papers? Do you frequently feel bored or uninterested in the topics you are writing about? This workshop is for you! Students will learn to craft their own research topics and stimulate their intellectual curiosity in this interactive workshop. From Lady Gaga to Global Warming, attendees will choose from a variety of both popular and scholarly topics to form interpretative and evaluative research questions. Practicing forming clear and insightful research questions helps students explore their own academic interests and serves as a building block to creating effective thesis statements. This workshop is particularly suited for undergraduates and anyone with an open-ended research project.

Instructor: Jacob Herrmann

Managing Writer’s Block - Undergraduate Students

Tuesday, October, 29, 2019, 6:00-7:30 pm

This workshop aims to undo the myth of “writer’s block.” We will start with a discussion of why that  blinking cursor or that blank page can be the biggest obstacle to our progress. Then, through a series of activities, we will develop some strategies for overcoming “writer’s block” that can help students produce their best work without the constant stress of looming deadlines.

Instructor: Brittany Henry

Slide Design

Thursday, November, 07, 2019, 4:30-6:00 pm

This workshop will cover basic guidelines for designing clear, readable, and visually appealing presentations. We will discuss how to set up a slide template, how to use text effectively, and how to find and/or create visuals that help you to communicate your message.

Instructor: Kyung-Hee Bae

Saying It and Slaying It: Stylish Academic Prose

Monday, November, 11, 2019, 5:00-6:00 pm

Is your prose sluggish? Abstract? Vague? Just plain boring? Are you looking to engage your readers without sacrificing accuracy or clarity? Do you want to build confidence in your writing? Then this is the workshop for you. This two-part workshop focuses on style — the subjective choices in form, tone, rhythm, and voicing that fundamentally affect the authority, poise, and effectiveness of a written work. In the first session, we will review common issues in clarity, flow, and syntax. Through a series of exercises, we will then compile a set of key terms, concepts, and heuristics for diagnosing stylish choices (or unstylish missteps). In the second session, students will bring in a piece of their own writing to revise. We will also try our hand at implementing figurative language and rhetorical devices in academic prose. Each two-part session is limited to 15 participants.

Session II: open to all Rice community members
Part 1: Monday, Nov. 11 5-6 p.m.
Part 2: Monday, Nov. 18 5-6 p.m.

Instructor: Mark Celeste
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