Seminar in Scientific Literature ReflectionWhen the topic is science, writing becomes a meticulous process. During the fall semester, theexperience was accompanied with the knowledge of doctoral students and lots of primaryarticles. While trying to learn how to become writers, several things were taught such as writingannotated bibliographies and doing a review paper. Each document has particular details thatshould be included in it like references. Learning all of them was an enriched experience full oftrials and errors.Every month different students went to a seminar and discussed a related primary article. Thevisitors and their work were the following: Olga González “Herpesviral Reactivation: A KeyStep for Disease Development.”, Jessica Torres “Incorporation of Unnatural Amino Acids for theExpressions of Proteins with new Function” and Yadilette Rivera “Against all Odds: ProteinCrystallography and Graduate School.” Each one of them had different topics and vocabulary.Sometimes it was hard to understand the project at all, but thanks to the discussion at “TheJournal Club” everything ended up being so comprehensible and interesting at the same time.Having the opportunity to personally ask the speakers about graduate school gave more intrigueto the possibility of obtaining a Ph.D.When it came time to learn how to write an Annotated Bibliography, mastering the Council ofScience Editors style manual was a challenge. But before that, we received a workshop offeredby an experienced librarian on how to look for the right articles using the college databases.After learning the essential details, I was able to complete an annotated bibliography with 3primary references a specific topic of my interest. My topic was Thrombotic ThrombocytopenicPurpura. I learned that the best way to know the true is by searching and reading peer reviewedarticles.After reading several primary articles, I learned possible causes for ThromboticThrombocytopenic Purpura. It was a rewarding process. After writing a review paper thatinclude the 3 primary articles and additional references, the information about our reviewpaper was presented in a forum full of emotion..
Even though writing about science can seem difficult, having a review of literature is essential inany research. Learning the whole process was such a great experience. Now I have a tool thatshould be included in every first year experience. What I learned in this class, will remain withme and has helped prepare me for the requirements of graduate school.