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Writing Workshop

2014 Writing Workshops

The WCVM Research Office organized two writing workshops for summer research students on June 11 and 18, 2014.

Why a writing workshop? Our goal is to equip students with some basic writing tools that they will need to produce a short news article draft about their research project. Once the students' article drafts are edited and approved, their stories will be posted to WCVM Today.

This is a new requirement in the WCVM’s summer research program that will provide students with some additional communications experience for their future careers in veterinary medicine.

Writing Assignment
2013 Summer Research Articles

"What makes a good egg?" by Serena Caunce
Supervisor: Dr. Jaswant Singh
Example of first-person narrative switching to third-person narrative

"Study focuses on lung failure in foals" by Leah Quanstrom
Supervisor: Dr. Baljit Singh
Example of first-person narrative switching to third-person narrative

"Will pooled samples work for vibrio testing?" by Andrea Pellegrino
Supervisor: Dr. Steve Hendrick
Example of third-person narrative switching to first-person narrative

"Software simplifies cardiovascular analysis" by Kaylee Bohaychuk
Supervisor: Dr. Lynn Weber
Example of third-person narrative switching to first-person narrative

"Nesfatin-1: obesity, diabetes fighter" by Katie Morton
Supervisor: Dr. Suraj Unniappan
Example of third-person narrative switching to first-person narrative

"Poop, parasites and public health" by Laura Davenport
Supervisor: Dr. Emily Jenkins
Example of first-person narrative switching to third-person narrative

"Real-time PCR undergoes real world testing" by Nicole Macdonald
Supervisor: Dr. Cheryl Waldner
Example of third-person narrative switching to first-person narrative

"Protein may help diagnose septic arthritis" by Monica Schott
Supervisor: Dr. Joe Bracamonte
Example of third-person narrative switching to first-person narrative

"Testing proteins: potential as cystic fibrosis therapy" by Mandy Chan
Supervisor: Dr. Matthew Loewen
Example of third-person narrative switching to first-person narrative

"Study tests faster cure for UTIs in dogs" by Susan Mehain
Supervisor: Dr. Liz Snead
Example of third-person narrative

"WCVM scientists focus on moon blindness" by Laura Field
Supervisors: Drs. Lynne Sandmeyer and Bianca Bauer
Example of third-person narrative switching to first-person narrative

"On the hunt for mastitis-causing bacteria" by Amanda Byers
Supervisor: Dr. Chris Luby
Example of third-person narrative switching to first-person narrative

"The twists and turns of research" by Lyndsay Kong
Supervisor: Dr. James Montgomery
Example of first-person narrative switching to third-person narrative

"Behaviour test pinpoints piglet pain" by Kayla Bilsborrow
Supervisor: Dr. Joe Stookey
Example of first-person narrative switching to third-person narrative

"Dr. Manuel Palomino: bison superhero" by Brad McKell
Supervisor: Dr. Gregg Adams
Example of third-person narrative

"SIP project targets sand colic" by Lindsay Rogers
Supervisor: Dr. Steve Manning
Example of first-person narrative switching to third-person narrative

"Searching for plague among prairie dogs" by Sarah Champagne
Supervisor: Dr. Todd Shury
Example of first-person narrative switching to third-person narrative

"Step forward for toe tip necrosis" by Heather Sparkes
Supervisor: Dr. Murray Jelinski
Example of first-person narrative switching to third-person narrative

"Northern parasite pursuit" by Kailee Price
Supervisor: Dr. Emily Jenkins
Example of first-person narrative switching to third-person narrative

For more research article examples, search “Robyn Thrasher” or “Melissa Cavanagh” using WCVM Today’s search feature. Or you can read some of the stories listed under "Research" on WCVM Today.

2013 Presentations

The half-day workshop included the following presentations:

Additional Resources

Here are links to some of the resources that were discussed during the workshop presentations:

Twitter accounts:

Facebook pages:

Questions about the writing assignment?

Please contact:

Myrna MacDonald, Communications, WCVM
tel: 1-306-225-4479 • cell: 306-291-9950