Handouts & ResourcesThis page provides students with handouts and resources to improve their academic and professional communication skills.
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Online Video Series
3 Minute Thesis Competition Video Series
This video series offers strategies that will help you create a succinct yet compelling 3 Minute Thesis presentation.
1. Introduction to 3MT
This video gives a brief overview of the 3MT competition and introduces you to the other videos in the series.
2. The Four Novelty Moves
This video explains four simple steps that can help you turn your research into a compelling narrative and showcase the relevance of your project's contribution to the field.
3. Using Metaphors and Transitions
This video discusses how to use accessible metaphors and transitions to help a nonspecialist audience understand and remember your project.
4. 3MT Example 1
This video analyzes the strategies used by a People's Choice Award winner from Carnegie Mellon's 2014 3MT competition.
5. 3MT Example 2
This video analyzes the strategies used by the 2013 3MT winner from Queensland University.
Introducing Ideas in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
This instructional video teaches ECE researchers, students, and professionals how to propose new ideas so that managers, funding sources, and other non-experts understand why the idea is worth implementing.
Creating Scientific and Research Posters
This workshop provides advice on designing effective scientific research posters. We will discuss some basic -- but effective -- visual design principles that help you create a compelling visual "story" about your research project. We look at several strong and weak examples of scientific posters.
Presenting Your Research: Four Guidelines for Pacing Oral Presentations
This tutorial will help you effectively utilize pausing to improve the rhythm of your oral presentations. You will learn four simple speaking strategies to "chunk" your sentences.