Abstract writing prompt
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Abstracts are commonplace in the scientific world. As such, being able to write abstracts is an important skill for any biomedical professional. Even if your career path steers you clear of research, you will be called on repeatedly in your career to explain, as succinctly as possible, the context for something that you did, why you did it, how you did it, what happened, and either what you learned from doing it or what you recommend doing next. Writing abstracts will help you develop this important set of communication skills.
DescriptionThis is the writing prompt for the first major assignment in VIBS 310-Biomedical Writing. Students must choose one of three published research articles and write an abstract for it. Through this assignment, students start to familiarize themselves with the scientific literature, and they begin to internalize the structure of scientific discourse. It also addresses a core learning objective of VIBS 310, which is "writing as process." Students turn in an ungraded, rough draft of the assignment, which is reviewed by their peers and by the teaching assistant. They then use the feedback they receive to make revisions before turning in the final draft to be graded.
DepartmentVeterinary Integrative Biosciences
Hartberg, Yasha (2019). Abstract writing prompt. Available electronically from
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