Northwestern University

Wed 12:00 PM

Communicating Your Research to a General Audience

When: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM  

Where: 2122 Sheridan Rd, Grad Student Commons (250), 2122 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60201 map it

Audience: Student

Contact: Elizabeth Lenaghan  

Group: Professional Development for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Category: Other

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Successful graduate students need to be able to make their research accessible to audiences both within their own specialty and outside of it. Whether the audience is a job search committee reading a cover letter, funding organizations reviewing grant applications, or a dinner party listening to an elevator speech, graduate students must be able to clearly communicate the topic, results, and impact of their research. The ability to distinguish one’s research within a competitive field often hinges on how well the work is justified as innovative, interesting, or important. This workshop will discuss how to convey academic research effectively in various settings. Topics covered will include identifying the audience, setting the appropriate tone, selecting relevant content, and packaging the information. Participants will have a chance to see and critique several examples of communication styles for audiences with varying levels of technical expertise. They will also get the opportunity to turn their research into a blurb for a lay audience and receive feedback from fellow participants. To register, please visit:

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