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GRIDACIP brings together academics, researchers and students from ULS and other universities, with the aim of researching, generating knowledge and disseminating the work they do in research articles, papers and conferences.

With the aim of investigating, generating knowledge and disseminating research work on academic, scientific and professional discourse, in research articles, presentations and conferences, the ULS academic and researcher, Dr. Paulina Meza, together with the New York City College researcher of Technology (CUNY), Dr. David Sánchez-Jiménez, founded the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Academic, Scientific and Professional Discourse (GRIDACIP), which brings together specialists in Linguistics, Education, Assessment, Psychology and Law.

This group has the particularity of being made up of academics, researchers and students from different study houses, who work collaboratively in the development of research in academic discourse. Its members are the ULS researcher, Dr. Paulina Meza; the ULS academic, Dr. Mauricio González; the CUNY researcher, Dr. David Sánchez-Jiménez; PUCV researchers, Dr. (c) Felipe González and Mg. Jadranka Gladic; the academic UCN, Mg. Israel Gutiérrez; researchers Dr. (c) Fernando Lillo and Melissa Castellón, and Camila Urízar, student of Pedagogy in Spanish and Philosophy at ULS.

Since its formation, GRIDACIP has published the results of its research in both national and international magazines, in addition to presenting them at congresses and conferences in Chile and abroad. They have also organized international cooperation activities, which have allowed foreign researchers to visit the University of La Serena to share with teachers and students.

interdisciplinary group 2Dr. Paulina Meza highlighted the importance of having an interdisciplinary research group and encouraging research in the university community. “This is an interdisciplinary research group, which is rare. In general, in investigations such as the one we are conducting, linguists traditionally say what the discourse of law, medicine, engineers, etc. is like, but the protagonists of the different areas are almost never involved. It is important, through works like the one we carry out, to be able to promote research and stimulate research interest in students, as well as professors, not only from ULS, but also from other universities ”.

To this he added that the development of research activities and products, such as the creation of this group, for example, is possible thanks to the support of DIDULS and VIPULS. In addition, he stressed that all the achievements they have had as a group are due to the commitment and motivation of each of the members.

For his part, the lawyer and member of GRIDACIP, Mg. Israel Gutiérrez, referred to the group's multidisciplinary work, from his lawyer's perspective, indicating that “being part of a quality interdisciplinary body has been a very positive experience, and that it has led to a job that has sparked interest in different latitudes , precisely as a result of a view that includes linguistic aspects but projected from a practical legal plane and that, undoubtedly, contributes to a trend that, for some years, points towards the need to provide clarity and greater simplicity to various legal texts ”.

Finally, Camila Urizar, a student in Pedagogy in Spanish and ULS Philosophy, referred to the importance of being part of GRIDACIP, being an undergraduate student. “This has been a new and at the same time positive experience, since it gives me a different perspective than the one that the university provides me regarding the investigative process. Thanks to the group I have been able to learn more about the processes to acquire financing, the publication of articles and everything that implies. Likewise, the importance of collaborative work between professionals from different areas, which will even serve me when I am practicing as a teacher. I have been able to share with established researchers and it has been enriching, since I have participated in the project as a couple. In turn, I consider that the work we are doing has many applications, which I personally like, since the results of the project can be extrapolated to my professional future, whether as a researcher or teacher. From my perspective, as an undergraduate student, the instances to carry out and publish an investigation are usually scarce. Therefore, for me, having this opportunity and being a member of GRIDACIP is something invaluable. I would like the university to open up to promoting the creation of new research groups and, hopefully, they follow the same line as ours, regarding including undergraduate students like me. ”

More information on this group is available at https://gridacip.com/.

Written by Tomás Rodríguez, DirCom.