Week 1, Day 1 (Wednesday, May 22): Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Agenda - (note early start time)
7:30 A.M. Departure from Bear Creek Apartments
7:30 A.M.- 6:00 P.M. Field trip to explore the Rocky Mountain uplift controversy
6:00 P.M. Return to Bear Creek Apartments

  • Geology of Colorado’s Front Range, Geology underfoot along Colorado’s Front Range-Chapter 1
  • Information about the Front Range’s geologic history

Week 1, Day 2 (Thursday, May 23): Seminar introduction/Discussion of a Research Prospectus and Work Plan

Agenda (on CU - Boulder campus)
9:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. Overview of the Writing seminar; Peer review process; Organizing and writing a Research Prospectus; The role and importance of citations

Due dates:

Assignments: Due Wednesday, June 5 by noon

  • Research Prospectus and Work Plan with mini-literature review

Readings: Due Thursday, May 23

  • Gopen and Swan,The Science of Scientific Writing

Readings: Due Thursday, May 30

  • Scrutiny of the Introduction, Stanford University
  • Farmer, G.L., T. Bailey, and L.T. Elkins-Tanton, 2008. Mantle source volumes and the origin of the mid-Tertiary ignimbrite flare-up in the southern Rocky Mountains, western U.S., Lithos, v. 102, 279-294.
  • Tips from a writing tutor
  • Seven questions when reading a scientific paper
  • Seven First Principles for our Communication Workshop
  • Peer Review: General Guidelines and Tips
  • The Rhetoric of the Research Article
  • Developing a Summer Work Plan
  • Writing a Prospectus (with a mini- Literature Review)
  • Rhetorical Strategies for Research Article Introductions
  • Create a research space
  • The Pragmatics of Citation