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Summer Science Communication Workshops


CAPC Summer Science Communication Workshops

Note: All workshops will be conducted over zoom. The zoom link will be sent to those who RSVP.


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Writing an Abstract

Tuesday, July, 07, 2020, 3:00-4:30 pm

In this workshop, you will learn techniques for writing an abstract for a journal article or a conference presentation. This workshop will review the structure of an abstract and discuss strategies for writing an abstract. This workshop will be interactive, so be prepared to discuss examples related to this topic. While this will not serve as a clinic to improve individual attendee abstracts, we welcome personal experiences with abstract writing as part of the conversation.

By taking this workshop, you will:

  • Learn the general structure of a research article including common ways to identify the various sections of an article.
  • Learn the purpose of a research abstract and how an abstract relates to a research article.
  • Learn strategies for outlining and writing an effective abstract.

Instructors: Autumn Horne, Sean Bittner, Jordin Metz

Giving a Lab Meeting Presentation

Tuesday, July, 14, 2020, 10:00-11:30 am

Are you worried about giving a lab meeting presentation in grad school? Are you a current grad student looking for tips on how to improve your presentations? What should a group meeting presentation look like, anyway? This workshop is designed for graduate students who want to improve their lab meeting presentation skills. We will review the most common types of lab group meeting presentations and provide advice for how to approach each one. We will also explain fundamental elements of slide design and provide tips for how to give a presentation both in-person and over zoom.

By taking this workshop, you will:

  • Learn about three different types of lab meeting presentations: journal club presentations, once-a-semester research updates, and short weekly updates.
  • Learn design principles for creating simple slides and effective visuals.
  • Learn strategies for improving your presence during both in-person and virtual presentations.
  • Learn strategies for alleviating presentation-related anxiety.

Instructors: Sean Bittner, Autumn Horne, Jordin Metz

Introduction to Poster Design

Tuesday, July, 21, 2020, 3:00-4:30 pm

How do you design a poster that is eye-catching and also clearly presents the data you worked so hard to acquire? This workshop is an overview of poster design. We will discuss basic design principles to make your poster look polished and professional. We will also review examples of scientific posters from a variety of fields to provide context and will discuss what makes an effective poster. This workshop will also review different softwares, websites, and resources you can use to make a poster.

By taking this workshop, you will:

  • Learn the purpose of a research poster.
  • Learn what makes a research poster engaging.
  • Gain strategies for deciding what content does/does not belong on a poster.
  • Learn basic design principles for a poster while still following whatever guidelines your lab requires.
  • Learn about the different software options to help you create your poster.

Instructors: Sean Bittner, Autumn Horne, Jordin Metz

How to Give an Elevator Pitch + Rice Resources to Help your Career

Tuesday, July, 28, 2020, 10:00-11:30 am

How do you respond when someone outside your field says, “Tell me about your research?” How do you use your experience with research and grad school to network and apply for new opportunities? This workshop will review the basic content and structure of an elevator pitch. It will provide opportunities to discuss examples from different fields and to understand the different parts of the pitch. We will review situations where using an elevator pitch is useful, and we will briefly discuss how an elevator pitch differs from other short talks such as a “three-minute thesis.” Finally, we’ll discuss resources at Rice that can help you further improve your pitch as well as support your professional career.

By taking this workshop, you will:

  • Learn the purpose and basic format of an elevator pitch.
  • Learn strategies for creating and practicing an elevator pitch about your research.
  • Understand the differences between an elevator pitch and other short talk formats (e.g. 3MT, lightning talk).
  • Be exposed to the resources that Rice offers for continuing to improve your elevator pitch and further support your professional career (e.g. CAPC, CCD, Doerr, RCEL)

Instructors: Sean Bittner, Autumn Horne, Jordin Metz

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