Communications Seminar

In Spring 2018 the seminar is taught by Prof. Ethan Minot.

The seminar is held on Fridays at 1pm in the Yunker Library

DayDateTopicAssignments
1 4/5Ethan presents Describe a drawing activity, tips for preparing the talk, Turbo encabulator
24/12 Discussion of scientific writing Scientific writing assignment due
34/19 Alden
44/26 Jonathan
55/3 Sean
65/10 Discussion of resumesResume assignment due
75/17 Discussion of posters poster assignment due
85/24 Alden
95/31
106/7 Sean, Jonathan

Additional ideas: Networking, adapting to the audience, elevator talk, outreach,

Additional additional ideas: Job interviews, grant writing.

Course Outline

Reason for course

You need to be ready for the orals exam presentation, the orals exam blackboard questions, giving posters and presentations at conferences, authorship of journal articles and a PhD thesis and a resume for future employers.

More broadly, the job of a graduate research assistant is >70% communication but we never officially teach you how.

  • 1/3: Receiving communications from others, understanding what has been done before
  • 1/3: Designing and executing new experiments/theory (typically involves team work)
  • 1/3: Communicating your results

The take-home message

Iterative improvements via test audiences is THE critical process in developing good writing and speaking skills.