Collaborative Scholarship Intensive Course Sessions

One of the most acclaimed elements of the Collaborative Scholarship Intensive (CSI) course is its structured one-on-one work time that is built into each session.

Department faculty mentors who are seasoned writers are on hand to guide and instruct each participant as they improve their skills. This work time also allows participants to immediately apply what they have learned in the course.

Data set collection

Participants do not need to have a data set collected in order to enroll; existing data sets from clinical, educational, and research resources can be used as the source for writing. However, participants are welcome to use a data set they may have previously collected, but not yet published. Collaborative projects with other course participants are encouraged.

At the end of the course, participants should have at least three scholarly projects added to their curriculum vitae:


CSI session schedule and outline

Six full day sessions from 9 am to 4 pm are held on Fridays from September to February. Breakfast is included and is from 8:30 am to 9 am. Sessions are located at 717 Delaware Building, Room 105 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The 2019-2020 dates are:

  • Friday, September 6, 2019
  • Friday, September 27 2019
  • Friday, November 1, 2019
  • Friday, December 6, 2019
  • Friday, January 24, 2020
  • Friday, February 28, 2020
  • Saturday, March 7, 2020 - Attend MAFP Innovation and Research Forum

Session 1

Session 1

  • Welcome and introductions
  • Pre-course assessment
  • How to dissect and refine a research question
  • How to design a research study - Turning an idea for a project into research
  • Research logistics
  • Grant funding
  • Culture of Collaboration
  • How to conduct a streamlined literature review

Session 2

Session 2

  • Types of manuscripts
  • How to be a more efficient and productive writer
  • How to write a review paper
  • Educational research: How to capture the data that surrounds academic faculty every day
  • Working from existing data sources
  • Data Fair
  • Work time:
    • Networking and connecting with research faculty
    • Finalizing topic for research paper

Session 3

Session 3

  • Group review of participants' writing
  • IRB: Navigating the website
  • Community Based Participatory Research
  • Writing the Introduction section
  • Writing the Methods: Streamlining the steps to get things moving
  • Work time: Hands-on, 1:1 writing support and instruction
    • Begin Introduction section
    • Begin Methods section

Session 4

Session 4

  • Group review of participants' writing
  • Data management and organization
  • Data analysis: Making sense of the numbers
  • How to write a Results section
  • How to use data visualizations (eg, charts and graphs) efficiently
  • Work time: Hands-on, 1:1 writing support and instruction
    • Individual consults with data sets
    • Revise Introduction and Methods sections
    • Data analysis
    • Begin writing Results section

Session 5

Session 5

  • Group review of participants' writing
  • Writing the Discussion section
  • Pulling together the Abstract
  • Turning a paper into a poster
  • P&T process
  • Managing your online academic presence
  • Work time: Hands-on, 1:1 writing support and instruction
    • Revise Results section
    • Work on Discussion section
    • Compose Abstract for MAFP Research and Innovation Forum
    • Work on Experts at UMN profile

Session 6

Session 6

  • Group review of participants' writing
  • Responding to reviewer comments; dealing with resubmissions/rejections
  • Becoming a constructive peer reviewer
  • Share writing with classmates / review each other's work
  • Mentoring
  • Work time: Hands-on, 1:1 writing support and instruction
    • Finish poster for MAFP Research and Innovation Forum