Process

SPARK participants work with the Senior SPARK Writer who assigns stories and edits their copy. Stories are achievement-oriented, sparked by researchers' activities and accomplishments.

Students conduct background research, then set up an interview in the researcher's laboratory or office for a personal, detailed glimpse of the project they're writing about.

At the interview, student writers gather first-hand the "five W's" and the "H" -- who, what, where, when, why and how -- of the research project. Afterwards, the writer reviews their notes and brainstorms and the news-writing process begins.

Researchers approve drafts of the students' stories before they are publicly issued as news releases or as stories in the U of G's family of news and research publications.

Keeping relevance in mind, SPARK-generated stories underline the research projects' significance to the world outside the University. The student writer has an important bridge-building role by relaying research information to the public in an easy-to-understand manner.