Workshops-Global Communication Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Upcoming Workshops

The Global Communication Center  offers several workshops each semester.  These workshops are free and are open to all CMU students, faculty, staff, or alumni.  More information and links to register are below.

Grammar Group

For the Fall semester, the GCC will be offering weekly grammar groups on Tuesdays from 11-12.  Each week, we will cover a different type of sentence or paragraph and practice by creating original sentence or paragraphs modeled on that type.  There will be approximately 30 minutes of homework for participants to complete prior to each session. You may sign up for just one weekly meeting or you may come every week.  Each week is limited to 10 participants.  We will be meeting in the conference room near the GCC on the first floor of Hunt library. If interested, please sign up at

Team Communication

Thursday, September 18, 4:30pm
Porter Hall 107E
(limited to 35 participants; sign up at GCC Eventbrite)

Teamwork is becoming central professional life, but most students don’t know how to manage a team project so it flows smoothly.  This workshop will teach you how to create a teamwork infrastructure that will help you avoid the most common team problems.  You will learn strategies for structuring your collaboration, making the most of your project manager, and collaborating on a large group document.  This workshop will also cover effective strategies for talking with your teammates when problems do occur.  The advice in this workshop is based on Dr. Wolfe’s research interviewing hundreds of students and professionals about their team experiences and practices.

Designing Effective PowerPoint Presentations

Tuesday, Sept 16, 2014
Wean Hall 5202
(22 seats available; sign up on GCC Eventbrite)

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014
Porter Hall A18B
(50 seats available; sign up on GCC Eventbrite)

This workshop focuses on designing effective PowerPoint slides for presenting your research.  You will learn common strategies for organizing research presentations, discover how to create an entry point into your topic, and practice creating slides that follow research-recommended guidelines for PowerPoint.  We will also offer tips for effective oral delivery.  This workshop is a repeat of the very popular workshop on PowerPoint presentations we gave last year.  

Designing Scientific Posters

This workshop will focus on how to design effective scientific research posters.  We will discuss good and bad examples of scientific posters and then teach you how to use emphasis and create a compelling visual "story" or narrative about your research project and findings.  You will learn about how to use whitespace effectively and how to use a grid to create an effective visual layout.  We will also review the logistics of printing your poster on campus at CMU.

Dates: TBA

For more information on our workshops, please contact

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