Engaging the Public: A workshop on communicating your science and scholarship. A two-part workshop for faculty members to help you develop the skills to better communicate your research to people outside of your discipline; to media; to policy makers; to students and to general audiences. The techniques presented at the workshops were inspired by lessons taught at Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, where experts combine improvisational theater games with guidelines and suggestions for working with the media.
Contact: Meredith Welch-Devine, The University of Georgia Graduate School
Overcoming the Fear Factor: Communicating effectively with the public and the press. A 45-minute workshop for faculty or students, with Patricia Thomas, Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism. Includes advice and tips on giving great interviews.
Contact: Patricia J Thomas, Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Science and the Art of Communication (under development). A workshop to train scientists to use acting techniques to communicate their science in a way that will engage their audience, focusing not on what is said but how it is said. This program will be aimed at graduate students and is being co-created by Catherine Madden from the University of Washington School of Drama, and Alyssa Gehman, graduate student in the Odum School of Ecology.
Contact: Alyssa Gehman, Odum School of Ecology.
Three-minute Thesis Competition (3MT™). The UGA Graduate School sponsors an annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) Competition for doctoral students. The 3MT™ is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of students' capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. Doctoral students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their dissertation topic and its significance. 3MT™ is not an exercise in trivializing or ‘dumbing-down’ research but forces students to consolidate their ideas and crystalize their research discoveries.
Contact: Meredith Welch-Devine, Graduate School.
UGA-ROOTS (Research Orientation and Ongoing Training Series) workshop, “Communicating Your Research,” with group exercises, presentation tips, and resources for graduate students, postdocs and new faculty. Offered annually as part of the ROOTS series sponsored by the Postdoctoral Association and Graduate Students and Postdocs in Science.
Contact: Terry Hastings, Office of the Vice President for Research.
Working with the Media (for Franklin faculty). Media training for individuals and groups, assistance drafting key messages, preparation for interviews through mock interviews, as requested.
Contact: Sam Fahmy, Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Communicating Science Seminar: Spreading the Word. New class teaches graduate students how to share their research with the public
Communication in Biological Science (BCMB 8030) Graduate level course offered every Spring. Provides students with guidelines for writing a scientific manuscript and presenting a scientific talk. Students prepare and present talks to the class, evaluate one another, and receive individualized feedback on how to make their presentations even more effective.
Contact: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Plant Biology
First Year Odyssey Seminar focused on the science narrative is taught in the fall by Prof. John Maerz, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. A similar course is offered to honors students during spring semester (HONS 3070H).
Contact: Rachel Mahan, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
First Year Odyssey Seminars taught by various professors across campus include writing assignments and research communication. A list of new writing assignments in science, social science, and humanities will be made available to faculty to use in their FYO seminars.
Integrative Conservation PhD Program (Franklin College, Warnell College of Forestry and Natural Resources, and Odum School of Ecology). Weaves “strategic communication” elements into its core required courses. Includes mini-workshops and assignments that dovetail with the curriculum.
Contact: Meredith Welch-Devine, Center for Integrative Conservation Research and Graduate School.