School of Graduate Studies Holds 2015 Graduate Research and Thesis Writing Workshops

Participants and members of the organizing team in a group photograph

The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) has organised its 2015 Graduate Research and Thesis Writing Workshops for continuing Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctoral (PhD) students in the Sciences and Humanities.

The workshops are part of the School’s research capacity building efforts to improve the quality and relevance of graduate research. They were organized under two themes: Planning and Managing Graduate Research; and Thesis Writing and Publishing Skills. 

Key areas under the Planning and Managing Graduate Research theme include Identifying a Research Question; Defining a Research Problem; Research Design and Field Data Collection; Sampling, Questionnaire Design and Data Management; and Internet Support for Research.

The Thesis Writing and Publishing Skills theme had as its key areas, Thesis Writing Style (Language, Plagiarism, Citation and Referencing); Ethics in Research; The University of Ghana Thesis Format; and Turning the Thesis into Publications. 

The sessions combined lectures, interactive plenary sessions and break-out discussion groups. Resource persons were experienced researchers drawn from the Sciences and Humanities. 

Resource persons for the 2015 workshops included Mrs. Theodosia S. Adanu (Electronic Resources Unit, Balme Library);  Dr. Gordon S.K. Adika (Director, Language Centre); Prof. Kofi Agyekum (Ag Dean, School of Performing Arts & Department of Linguistics); Dr. Isaac Baidoo (Department of Statistics); Prof. Ama de-Graft Aikins (Vice-Dean of Graduate Studies);   Prof. Chris Gordon (Director, Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies); Prof. C. Charles Mate-Kole (Head, Department of Psychology); Prof. Kwadwo Ofori (Dean of Graduate Studies), and Prof. Esther Sakyi-Dawson (Ag. Director, Quality Assurance).  The workshops are facilitated by Dr. Chris Amehoe (Executive Secretary, School of Graduate Studies) and a team of secretarial and technical staff from the School of Graduate Studies.

The workshops were initiated in March 2009 by Professor Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu, the immediate past Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and first Pro-Vice-Chancellor [Acting] (Research, Innovation and Development). The Carnegie Corporation of New York under the University of Ghana-Carnegie Next Generation of Academics in Africa (UG-NGAA) Project is funding the project.

Approximately 150 graduate students receive training every year. Over the past six years, more than 500 research graduate students have benefitted from the workshops. 

Certificates of participation are awarded to workshop participants.