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Communicating Research

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 marlit@virginia.edu.    

Related Events

November 1, 2018 | 3:00 pm
New Cabell Hall, 504

Analogies are a powerful tool for translating complex ideas, but how do you develop a good one? In this workshop, you will learn a step-by-step approaching to creating an analogy. Across all my workshops, this is a fan favorite! For more information, contact Marlit Hayslett at marlit@virginia.edu.

November 8, 2018 | 3:00 pm
New Cabell Hall, 504

Learn how to design a PowerPoint slide that complements you as the presenter rather than competes with you for your audience's attention! For more information, contact Marlit Hayslett at marlit@virginia.edu.

November 15, 2018 | 3:00 pm

When you give a presentation, do you wonder how to stand, where to put your hands, and where to look? In this session, we will practice some fundamental skills of your physical presence when presenting. For more information, contact Marlit Hayslett at marlit@virginia.edu.

November 29, 2018 | 3:00 pm
New Cabell Hall, 504

As researchers, we often cling to our data as our main source of presentation content. Stories are not traditionally included in research presentations but when done well, they a  compelling addition to any talk. in this session, we will practice a couple of techniques for including stories in your research talks. For more information, contact...

December 4, 2018 | 8:30 am
UVA Women's Center located in the Corner Building

The Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs in collaboration with the UVA Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center are hosting an ideation conversation on the role of identity in communicating research. ...

January 23, 2019 | 12:00 pm
New Cabell Hall, room 504

Join us to learn about how you can compete in the 2019 Three-Minute Thesis Competition. Lunch is provided! Please RSVP to marlit@virginia.edu to confirm your attendance.

January 24, 2019 | 12:00 pm
Thornton Hall, Rodman Room

Join us to learn about how you can compete in the 2019 Three-Minute Thesis Competition. Lunch is provided! Please RSVP to marlit@virginia.edu to confirm your attendance.

February 6, 2019 | 12:00 pm
Newcomb Hall, Room 481
February 13, 2019 | 12:00 pm
Newcomb Hall, Room 481
February 20, 2019 | 12:00 pm
Newcomb Hall, Room 481
February 27, 2019 | 12:00 pm
Newcomb Hall, Room 481
April 10, 2019 | 4:30 pm
UVA Alumni Hall

Doctoral dissertations and theses are generally between 100 and 200 pages in length. In this competition, the presenters have THREE MINUTES!  ...