fall 2018 Student Workshops

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University Communication Skills: The Essentials

Monday, September 17, 2018, 7:30-9:00 PM

This single-session workshop is designed for first-year undergraduates and covers topics such as how to participate in class, how to talk to your professors, and how to write appropriate emails to instructors. No registration is necessary.

Instructor: Dave Messmer


Writing an Abstract

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 5-6:30 p.m.

This workshop is designed for graduate students who want help with writing an abstract for conference presentations/papers as well as journal articles. We will look at samples of successful abstracts, discuss the anatomy of a scholarly abstract, and learn how to use specific and targeted language. Participants also will have the opportunity to write and get feedback on their own abstract. Limited to 12 participants.

Instructor: Kyung-Hee Bae

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Conference Poster Design: Layout, Whitespace & Visual Cues

Thursday October 4, 2018 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm

This workshop moves beyond basic formatting guidelines to discuss some of the more subtle elements involved in poster design. We will address topics such as: how to design a custom layout that complements your content, how to organize content within each section of the poster, and how to apply the Gestalt principles of pattern recognition to reinforce meaning. Attendees will have the opportunity to apply these guidelines to a sample poster during a real-time group revision session. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their laptops and an electronic copy of one of their own posters that they would like to improve.

Location: Fondren 201

Instructor: Anneli Joplin

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Designing Graphics & Diagrams for Posters & Presentations

Wednesday October 10, 2018 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Blocks of text are almost never an effective way to communicate with a viewer, but when our content isn’t visual by nature, what can we include instead? This workshop will introduce attendees to a step by step method for determining how best to translate your message into a simple, yet informative visual. Attendees are encouraged to bring topics that they may want to visualize in a future presentation. Please note that this workshop will not address aspects of style or execution and will focus solely on brainstorming and idea production.

Location: Fondren 201

Instructor: Anneli Joplin

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Getting Over Procrastination

Tuesday, October 30, 6-7 p.m. 

Thursday, November 8, 6-7 p.m.

This workshop aims to help identify and overcome one of the biggest challenges to academic success: getting started.  Procrastination, writer's block, lack of motivation, dread - whatever the term, we've all experienced it.  This workshop will start with a discussion of why that blinking cursor or that blank page can be the biggest obstacle to our progress.  Then, through a series of activities, we will develop strategies for overcoming those obstacles so that you can produce your best work without the constant stress of looming deadlines.  The workshop is open to all Rice students, faculty, and staff.

Location: Fondren 201

Instructor: Lina Dibb

Registration open soon


Other communications workshops on campus:

SUCCEED! workshops offered by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS)

The Digital Media Commons (DMC) offers a wide range of short courses on managing citations, using programs like Photoshop and Illustrator, and audio and video recording.

The Center for Career Development sponsors regular workshops on interviewing skills, resume writing, and using social media.

Regular classes in English and American culture are organized by the Office of International Students and Scholars.