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GCC Workshops

The Global Communication Center offers a range of workshops throughout the semester. Click here for a complete list of all of our workshop topics. Recordings of previous workshops can be found here.

All GCC workshops are free and open to all CMU students (graduate and undergraduate), faculty, and staff. These workshops are appropriate for students at all levels of study, in the sciences and humanities. All workshops are held in IDEATE Studio A in the Hunt Library. 

We are excited to announce our workshop lineup for Spring 2017. Registration for February workshops is now open.

Presentation Skills
March 30, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Have you ever sat through a tedious or confusing presentation? This workshop will help you create effective oral presentations that present your research in a clear, engaging and memorable way. We will discuss:

  • Strategies to convey your presentation’s bottom line
  • Innovative research on designing visually effective PowerPoint slides
  • Public speaking techniques for effective verbal delivery

This popular workshop is appropriate for students at all levels of study, in the sciences and humanities.

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Punctuation Strategies: Practical Grammar to Clarify your Writing
April 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Grammar handbooks offer dozens of complex punctuation rules. We distill these rules into a handful of simple principles that are easy to apply to your writing. This workshop will teach you how to correctly and effectively use three crucial punctuation tools: commas, semicolons, and colons. This practical grammar knowledge will help you write clearly so readers can easily understand your writing. This workshop will be especially useful for Non-native English speakers with high levels of fluency who want to push their sentence complexity to the next level. Pizza provided. 

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Making the Case for your Research in your Introduction and Abstract
April 12, 2017 at 5:00 pm

This interactive workshop will teach you four "moves" that showcase how your research is an essential contribution to the field, in the sciences or humanities. Learn how to:

  • Transform your research into a compelling narrative
  • Highlight the impact and innovation of your work
  • Appeal to a non-specialist audience
  • Structure the introduction and abstract of your article

This workshop will focus on the introduction and abstract of your journal article, but these well-established moves can also be applied to presentations, application materials, grant proposals, and more. Pizza provided. 

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Desgining Effective PowerPoint Presentations
April 14, 2017 at 11:30 am

Have you ever sat through a tedious or confusing PowerPoint presentation? This workshop will help you create effective PowerPoint presentations that present your research in a clear and compelling way. We will introduce innovative research on designing visually effective slides that increase audience engagement. We will also practice constructing and revising PowerPoint slides, and discuss other strategies for organizing and delivering your PowerPoint presentation.  This popular workshop is appropriate for students at all levels of study, in the sciences and humanities.

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Writing an Effective Literature Review
April 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm

A literature review synthesizes relevant past literature to connect your work to the broader field. It also builds your credibility by showing your familiarity with major developments and trends in the field. However, it is easy for the literature review to become a “data dump” that overwhelms your reader with extraneous or irrelevant information. This workshop will give you strategies and language to connect research into trends and put studies in conversation with each other. We will look at strong and weak examples and focus on the language they use. This workshop is appropriate for students in the sciences and humanities, writing literature reviews in journal articles, research papers, dissertations/theses, and more. Pizza provided. 

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Dissertation Boot Camp May 22-24, 2017 9:00am-1:00pm

Sponsored by the Global Communication Center

This camp will run Monday through Wednesday from 9:00am-1:00pm and breakfast will be provided courtesy of the Graduate Student Assembly. This boot camp is open to all CMU Ph.D. students who are in or near the dissertation writing stage of their course of study. 

This hands on boot camp will help you jump start your dissertation writing process. A major focus of the boot camp will be writing a one-page and a one-paragraph abstract of your proposal or dissertation that can be understood by an informed audience outside of your immediate field. These abstracts can go directly into your thesis proposal, your final dissertation, and your job application materials. The skills we learn in creating these abstracts will help you in writing effective introductions and abstracts for research papers, conference proposals, and grant proposals.

In addition to working on the abstracts, activities and presentations during the week will include:
• Strategies for making complex writing intelligible
• Tips for presenting your research at conferences
• How to write a literature review/introduction
• Advice on working with your advisor and committee
• Advice on time management and motivation
• One-on-one consultations with GCC tutors

Registration is free. Each session is limited to the first 40 students to sign up. In signing up for the boot camp, we ask that you commit to attending the hands-on abstract workshops each morning.

Questions can be directed to
Registration deadline: May 19, 2017

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