Communicating Research


Research Communication Series, Level 1 (RCS L1) 

This series exposes graduate students and postdocs to the fundamentals of communicating their research to a range of audiences. Participants learn how to craft engaging and clear messages for a variety of audiences, practice presenting their research through different mediums, and learn about tools they can use to clarify their messages. 

Session Topics

  • Audience Awareness | Feb. 6
  • Purpose and Medium | Feb. 13
  • Writing in Plain Language | Feb. 20
  • Storytelling | Feb. 27


Grad Thesis Slam

This exciting competition, modified from the 3 Minute Thesis model, takes place every April. PhD Plus hosts preparatory workshops leading up to the competition to help students craft and practice effective 3-minute presentations of their research for general audiences. Find more details about the competition here


Writing Op-Eds: Translating Your Research to a Broad Audience 

Interested in converting your academic writing and research to make it more accessible for broad audiences? Our popular PhD Plus Writing Op-Eds series helps you learn how to do just that! Over the course of 5 weeks (on Zoom), you’ll learn strategies and mechanics of writing op-eds (opinion-editorials) and how they differ from academic writing. Read more and register for future workshops here


"Made by History" Editorial Workshop - J-Term 

PhD Plus, GAGE (Governing America in a Global Era), and the Jefferson Scholars Foundation National Fellowship Program host this editorial workshop designed and taught by the editors of TIME's “Made by History” column (previously published in the Washington Post). Over the course of ten days in January, students engage in a virtual “boot camp” that combines online training sessions on Zoom, short editing assignments and one-on-one mentoring. Many participants have had their op-eds published in the Made by History column. See our panel discussion featuring former participants on YouTube. The Call for Applications is released every October. The workshop is open to PhD students whose work is shaped by historical perspectives. Successful applicants are paid a stipend of $750. 


Questions about these or other Research Communication offerings? Contact one of our Assistant Directors of Research Communication: Sam Lake or Kelly Oman