There are many potential benefits to participating in the SOEST grad student blog:
Improved writing and communication skills. Communicating with non-scientists is an extremely important aspect of our work, even more so in the digital era. We need to be able to effectively communicate why our work is important and why it should be funded. As we write articles and read more of other people’s articles, we will improve these communication skills.
Less # of drafts, clearer thinking. Writers have testified that writing for a non-scientific audience helps organize your ideas for science, thereby improving your scientific writing skills when putting together manuscripts and proposals. Like many things, writing improves with practice – and why not practice by sharing your work with the public!
Enhanced communication amongst SOEST graduate students. Many of us do not know much about what goes on outside of our own research building, and in some cases our own lab or floor! Hopefully this blog will help us to get to know our peers better, and maybe even facilitate collaborations across laboratories.
Articles serve as an additional resource for future graduate students to gain a little insight into what it might be like to be a graduate student here in the School of Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.