Why do we do 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?
Communicating research is a set of skills that must be learned. 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.
PhD+ will offer a variety of opportunities to improve your research communication skills. Watch for email announcements and check the events page often to see what is coming.
If you want to learn more about communicating research or have ideas for the curriculum, please contact Marlit Hayslett at 434-243-5561 or firstname.lastname@example.org.