Student-Organized Event: Writing Scientific Papers

Tuesday, November 29
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Hynes, Level 3, Ballroom C

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Register by November 22

Kenneth GrahamKenneth Graham, University of Kentucky
Writing Scientific Papers

Scientific writing is an integral part of what a scientist does, and the value of a well-written paper should not be underestimated. Though it may seem overwhelming, the writing process can help to guide experiments and enable a deeper understanding of experimental results.

Although writing styles and processes can differ tremendously between authors, there are a host of characteristics that are common to effective writing strategies and well-written scientific papers. In this session we will discuss the elements of well-written papers; strategies by which to efficiently translate ideas to experiments to high-quality publications; how to prepare effective figures; and how to respond to reviewer comments to get your paper accepted.

By the end of this session, you will come to realize that scientific writing can be easy, enjoyable, efficient, and rewarding.

About Kenneth Graham

Kenneth Graham graduated with a PhD degree from the University of Florida in the Department of Chemistry in 2011, where his research in the field of organic electronics was conducted under the supervision of Professor John Reynolds. Here, he helped to show how the morphology, photophysics and optoelectronic properties of pi-conjugated material blends can be manipulated through both the utilization of solvent additives and the systematic modification of molecular structures.

Graham conducted postdoctoral research under the joint supervision of Michael McGehee of Stanford University and Aram Amassian of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, where his efforts focused on how molecular and energetic properties of donor–acceptor interfaces in organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells influence device properties, with a major result showing that the intermolecular arrangement at this interface is pivotal in determining PV performance.

In 2014, Graham joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky (UK) in the Department of Chemistry, where his group research efforts are focused on manipulating properties at organic-organic and organic-inorganic interfaces in an effort to develop improved materials for PV and thermoelectric applications. His group at UK employs a wide range of advanced characterization methods, including photoemission spectroscopies, custom designed for probing organic and other less stable materials to determine how interfacial chemistries influence energy landscapes, charge transport, PV and thermoelectric properties.

Graham's writing style and research approach arise from the distinctly different styles of his three primary research advisors; his experience with publishing, reviewing and reading manuscripts; and teaching writing and scientific communication to students.