Saeede Eftekhari is a PhD candidate in UB’s Management Science and Systems program. She has particular interests in health care analytics and the economics of health information technologies. Saeede won the People's Choice award at UB's first annual Three Minute Thesis competition this year.
Q: How do you go about writing projects? How would you
describe your writing process in general?
It’s important for me to have “a story-line of my work” before jumping into writing an actual piece. By this I mean that I should have a clear sense of purpose and have an overview of which elements and sections I will need for my paper. Once my main objective and arguments are set, I seek help from my adviser as to how I should structure my paper. My adviser is also very helpful in coming up with catchy titles for each heading/subheading.
Q: What have you learned from working with consultants at the CEW?
Over the years, I have visited the CEW to work on different writing projects ranging from conference papers and journal articles to dissertation chapters. Working with the consultants really helped me to write more concisely and coherently. I also find it beneficial to talk to a consultant who is outside my field. This compels me to explain my ideas more clearly. And I gain more confidence in my final piece if I succeed in convincing a non-expert of the importance of my research.
Q. Do you have any suggestions and tips for using the CEW more effectively?
From my experience, I would want to make two suggestions for a student writer who intends to use the CEW. My first suggestion is to have a main purpose in mind and bring an outline. This helps to start a productive conversation between the writer and the consultant. Another key to success is just to start writing! And write many drafts. Writing helps you to find out what you are thinking, where there are lacks in your thinking, and helps you to fill up these gaps.