Department of Psychology hosts a research writing colloquium for both graduate and undergraduate students

By Dr. Stella Nyagwencha and Brenda Odhiambo

The Department of Psychology’s Post-graduate Committee last week held the first in a series of research colloquiums to help in the demystification of research for undergraduate students undertaking their projects as well as graduate students at various levels of writing their theses and dissertations. The workshop was attended by a total of 50 participants drawn from faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Josephine Arasa, Prof. Munyae Mulinge and Dr. Michael Kihara adequately handled the following topics; quality writing, common mistakes students make when writing and APA writing styles.

Elaborating on the rationale behind the colloquium, Dr. Josephine Arasa noted that research methodology could be taught to anyone, noting that undergraduate students need to learn it for a stronger foundation for their future; postgraduate students have no choice as a thesis/dissertation is the requirement for a Masters and later, a Doctoral degree.

“As someone studying one of the disciplines of medical science, you cannot run away from research, as you may in future have to deal with different types of cases that may not be straightforward and will require extra investigation from your end. If you decide to go into academia, you will be required to guide students as they begin the process of conducting their research, “she added.

Participants expressed appreciation for the sessions, noting that they were keen to attend similar forums in the future. On its end, the Department of Psychology has pledged to host more of the colloquiums in line with the university mission and program learning outcomes.

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