LANG 7010 – Academic Writing for Graduate Students

Offered Fall 2020
Course Description:
This course on academic writing for graduate students takes a workshop approach whereby students bring drafts of their working papers (e.g., thesis, conference papers, etc.), get and provide feedback, and revise their drafts based on the feedback and instruction. Particular attention is given to the formulaic language characteristic of various genres of academic writing and use of authentic materials (e.g., conference abstracts, research papers).

Course Objectives:  In this course students will:

  1. become familiar with core academic genres (abstracts, literature reviews, research papers);
  2. develop disciplinary vocabulary through genre analysis;
  3. become aware of common organization patterns;
  4. learn how to provide constructive critique on each other’s work and published papers;
  5. summarize and express a personal reaction/make connections by presenting written content orally.

University Libraries

The Merrill-Cazier Library is the intellectual center of Utah State University. As both a physical and virtual destination, we create collaborative, engaging environments for learning and scholarship. Learn more about the Library’s strategic mission.

The USU Libraries provide access to almost 2 million print books and journals, 7,600,000 e-books, 480,000 government publications, and over 60,000 electronic journals. The USU Special Collections & Archives contain rare book and manuscript collections, western and Mormon historical documents, the university archive of USU, and the Fife Folklore Archives, one of the largest repositories of American folklore in the United States. Many rare items have been digitized and are available online in the Libraries’ Digital History Collections and Online Exhibits.

The University libraries have a variety of services available as you begin your research. Librarians are available to help you focus research topics, find and evaluate information, and cite sources. The Research Data Management Services can help you set up a data management plan, help make your data discoverable and reusable, and help with data storage both during and after your research project.

Writing Centers

There are several types of writing center resources to help you become an independent writer. Library, Engineering, Science, Online, and Regional writing centers offer all kinds of access and resources to help you succeed. TEA Time (Teaching English Afternoons) is a chance for international students to practice English speaking and writing skills.

Office of Research

A student presents a poster at USU's Student Research Symposium

The mission of the Office of Research is to facilitate a culture of excellence in research, scholarship and creative activity that spans the lifecycle of faculty and students through operational, training, funding and compliance support.

Graduate Funding Resources

Research Support Services

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

The establishment and operation of an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is mandated by federal law.  The USU IACUC is appointed by the Vice President of Research, acting as the Institutional Official.  The USU IACUC is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that the use of live vertebrate animals at USU is done in compliance with all appropriate laws, regulations and government policies.  To meet this charge the committee has the authority to review, require modifications to, and ultimately to approve or deny requests to use animals in teaching or research.  The committee will also regularly review the University animal care program and inspect University facilities where animals are housed and used.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee designated to review and approve research involving human participants before the start of such research, and to conduct periodic reviews of such research. USU performs research designed to create knowledge and improve quality of life for citizens of Utah, the nation, and the world.

Environmental Health and Safety

Our goal is to prevent injury, illnesses and environmental damage through the recognition, evaluation and control of potential hazards arising from university activities.

The Utah State University Environmental Health & Safety Office is a service organization that provides expertise and advice for compliance with federal, state and local safety and health regulations as well as current professional practices and guidelines.

Integrity and Compliance

The Division of Research Integrity and Compliance (RIC) facilitates the development of research capacity through:

  • The provision of regulatory, policy and procedural support.
  • Oversight of the Conflict of Interest management and Export Control processes.
  • Handling research misconduct complaints.
  • Oversight of required Responsible Conduct of Research training.
  • Working with other Offices and Committees to ensure ethical research.

Working directly with USU investigators, leaders at the departmental and college level and division directors in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, the division director of RIC, identifies and strengthens research-related internal control systems.

Office of Equity

Utah State University believes in fostering respect and dignity for all members of the USU community and addresses sexual misconduct and discrimination in all its forms. In addition to enforcing USU’s policies on non-discrimination and sexual misconduct, we provide prevention education, supportive measures, and other resources to assist USU community members. The university responds promptly upon learning of any form of possible discrimination or sexual misconduct. When you file a report, your information is shared on a limited basis to provide you with supportive measures or to investigate a report.

Disability Resource Center

The DRC works with individuals, faculty, and staff to ensure that students with disabilities can fully participate in University programs, services, and activities. The center helps individuals with disabilities overcome barriers that could otherwise limit their academic, professional, and personal potential. These barriers may be architectural, attitudinal, or related to University programs. The DRC provides direct services and coordinates with other state agencies and University programs to ensure equal access.

Office of Global Engagement

We oversee and facilitate study abroad programs, immigration advising for international students and visiting scholars, Fulbright programs, and international agreements. We strive to make USU a warm, welcoming, and diverse community of global citizens. If it’s global, contact us. Our mission is to promote the success of students and scholars, connect communities and advance intercultural awareness by providing access to meaningful international experiences, academic exchange, and support services.

Division of Student Affairs

Resources for Student Involvement and Wellness. The Division of Student Affairs inspires, engages, and challenges students through inclusive, holistic, student-centered programming. Some of the resources available through us are:

Center for Community Engagement

Serves as the campus hub for community engagement, providing diverse student opportunities and institutional vision and direction. CCE aims to provide every USU student with opportunities to find their passion, apply their education, and make a positive and meaningful contribution to the greater community through service and civic engagement. CCE works together with local, regional, national, and international partners to tackle critical issues identified by the community.

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

An access portal for student resources relating to mental, physical, and relationship wellness. Many graduate students use Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), but we know some graduate students are concerned about coming to CAPS and running into students from classes they teach. If you’re concerned about this, please tell the front desk when you reach out to us. We will try to arrange to see you in a different location when possible. We also have a special section of therapy group (Understanding Self and Other) reserved for graduate students. Graduate students are also welcome to use any CAPS service available to undergraduate students.

Wellness Center

Student Health Services

Visit the Health Center for regular checkups and Urgent Care, the Wellness Center to start a proactive approach to taking care of yourself and the Dietitian to start a nutrition plan. Find information on qualifications for health insurance and how to enroll or waive health insurance, which must be done each semester. The Wellness Center has opportunities for students to get involved. Gain experience while you help others by being a peer educator or helping facilitate events or campaigns.

Student Involvement & Leadership

The Utah State University Student Association is an organization made by the students, for the students, because of students. Every student at USU is a member of the association and can actively participate in all activities, committees, clubs, events, and initiatives. Endless resources exist for USU students. Don’t hesitate to capitalize on scholarship and funding opportunities provided by USUSA. The Student Advocate Vice President also provides services for students who want their voice to be heard.

Graduate Student Representation

Graduate students at Utah State University are represented by their respective college senator and a Graduate Studies Senator who represents them as a voting member on both the USUSA Academic Senate and Executive Council. The Graduate Studies Senator is assisted by the Directors of Graduate Research and Graduate Campus Affairs.

Alex Braeger   

Graduate Studies Senator


Office: TSC 327

Helen Bond Plylar

Graduate Studies Director


Office: TSC 327

Inclusion Center

We support student success through inclusive, student-centered programming that enhances the academic, cultural, and social experiences of students from diverse backgrounds. The Inclusion Center reaffirms the principle of inclusion as described in USU Policy 305: “Utah State University is committed to providing an environment free from harassment and other forms of discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age (40 and older), disability, or status as a protected veteran. Consistent with its prohibition against sex discrimination, Utah State University prohibits and is committed to addressing and preventing sexual violence.”

Veterans Resource Office

The Veterans Resource Office will provide support for current and former service members and their families as they pursue their academic, career, and personal goals at Utah State University. This will be accomplished through education and outreach, utilizing all resources available within and outside of the university.