Workshops and Presentations for Students

Winter 2019 Presentations and Workshops

Working with Sources: Avoiding Plagiarism and Working Effectively with the Texts of Others (presentation)

Being able to present the ideas, language, or data of another writer in both an effective and ethical manner requires specialized knowledge and a great deal of work. Standards and practices for attribution vary meaningfully by discipline, and they also often depend upon genre and audience. How can students feel confident they are not misappropriating ideas or language? What resources exist at Caltech to help students do this work?

This presentation helps students understand not only the common practices of academic attribution of ideas, but also the values that make correct attribution so important to the scholarly community. Students will leave the presentation with a broad understanding of the many kinds and causes of plagiarism, along with an awareness of the work required to prevent it in their own college writing.

Dates and times

Tuesday, January 22nd, 1:15 - 2:30 p.m.

Friday, January 25th, 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.

Monday, January 28th, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Thursday, January 31st, 2:30-3:45 p.m. (new date!)

If you are required to attend this presentation and have classes during all scheduled presentation times, please email us at so we can accommodate you. 

Location: Hixon Writing Center (3rd floor Center for Student Services)

An advance reservation made by January 18th is required to attend this workshop. Ready to sign up? Sign-ups occur in the Writing Center Scheduler via Please consult these detailed instructions about how to make your reservation.


Writing a Successful SURF Proposal: Guided Peer Workshops Led by Writing Specialists 

While the large group meeting held on February 4th at noon will explain the basics of the SURF proposal and give you an opportunity to ask questions about it, it will not be a venue for reviewing your draft. Sharing your draft with others, including your mentor and co-mentor, is crucial to writing an excellent proposal. To help you out with getting feedback on your draft, the HWC will host two proposal workshops. These workshops will be led by a STEM Writing Specialist and will involve getting guided feedback from peers on the strengths and limits of your proposal.

You must sign up to attend a workshop. Please consult these detailed instructions about how to make your reservation. There is a cap of 20 participants per workshop.

Dates, times, locations:

Session A: Friday, February 15th, 12:00 -1:00 p.m., Hixon Writing Center, pizza lunch provided

Session B: Tuesday, February 19th, 12:00 -1:00 p.m., Hixon Writing Center, pizza lunch provided

Keep in mind you can also sign up to talk one-to-one with a writing specialist during our regular tutoring hours to discuss a SURF proposal at other times.