Research Blog Overview and Instructions

College of Veterinary Medicine
Research and Graduate Studies BLOG

What is a blog?

The word blog is a shortened version of web log - literally keeping a "log" or journal on a publicly accessible web site.

People should be true to their own "voice." In other words, bloggers use the casual conversational tone that they would use to tell their friends about their experiences.

Research Blog Overview and Instructions

College of Veterinary Medicine
Research and Graduate Studies BLOG

What is a blog?

The word blog is a shortened version of web log - literally keeping a "log" or journal on a publicly accessible web site.

People should be true to their own "voice." In other words, bloggers use the casual conversational tone that they would use to tell their friends about their experiences.

Most importantly, blog sites offer the opportunity for readers to comment.

Why are we blogging this summer?

Blogging is a great way to reach people interested in particular subjects - like research in a College of Veterinary Medicine or DVM students who work in research labs - in a sincere and honest way.

Be sure to include your perspective and opinion in your blog entry. People love stories, and people learn from stories. Your story is interesting!

How does a blog differ from a news story on the web?

A news story is often more formulaic in nature. Often, the writer has a particular agenda, and is giving limited information, which typically doesn't include the opinion of the writer. Instead, the story is focused on an award that has been won by a faculty member, for example. In most cases, there is no opportunity for readers to respond to the story in the same way or "area" (the web page, for example).

What do Summer Research Students need to do to start their blog?

Students interested in blogging about their experiences this summer need to do several things:

1. Let weber [dot] 254 [at] osu [dot] edu (Melissa L. Weber) know you are interested!

2. Send Melissa a brief bio - include your undergraduate institution, your expected date of graduation (the year is fine), and maybe a sentence or two about why you chose vet school and what you hope to do.

3. Send Melissa a small photo - head shot, candid - your choice

4. Pick a topic below or make one up! Then, submit two or three paragraphs about the topic to Melissa.

Essays will be posted beginning the week of July 19, 2010. We hope to post two to three entries per week.

Technical difficulties

As of now, (July 2010) our college web site does not allow direct posts to a page without permission. Therefore, all blog posts must be sent to weber [dot] 254 [at] osu [dot] edu (Melissa) for posting. Likewise, comments cannot be posted either. However, we will establish a dedicated email address so that readers can forward their comments to us so they can be posted.

List of suggested topics:

  • Topic/area or person: How I found my research mentor
  • Research experiences as an undergraduate student
  • First day in the lab
    What I learned at ______ (upcoming field trips)
  • Overcoming challenges in the lab
  • No question is a stupid one! (AKA: The silliest question I've asked so far...)
  • Participating in the Merial Symposium
  • Pitfalls of creating a research poster