Communicating Research


We are curious about something. We want to discover something new. Solve an old problem. Ask a new question.

The process of research can be very rewarding in its own right, but if we neglect to share it with others, what difference can it make?  

Very few of us are born knowing how to read our audiences' glazed eyes and know how to get their attention. Few of us know how to design our presentations for audiences beyond our disciplinary colleagues. Most of us are terrified to speak in public and therefore we offer presentations that follow a familiar, but boring format. Each of these challenges can be successfully overcome, but it takes practice. 

Communicating research is a set of skills that must be learned. 

If you have questions, or ideas for special topics, please contact Marlit Hayslett at 434-243-5561 or [email protected].   

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Here you can learn about careers that involve communicating research to broad audience

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Here you can connect with peers and alums involved in research communication work

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Skills Series


Different levels of Skills series are offered every Fall & Spring semesters. Click here for details.

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Practice your research communication skills. Click here for details on competitions, projects and internships.