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Fall 2016 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.

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. 

October workshops

Writing a Graduate School Application Essay
Thursday, October 27, 2016
5pm-6pm IDEATE Studio A

The graduate school application essay requires you to pitch your candidacy to a small number of faculty members who read through hundreds of other essays. This workshop will provide writing strategies on how to craft an effective application essay. You will gain insight into your audience and learn how to show these busy readers that you are a good fit for the program and can contribute meaningfully to the their department. The instruction from this workshop can be applied to other professional materials, such as research statements and cover letters.

November Workshops

Writing an Effective Cover Letter
Thursday, November 3, 2016
5pm-6pm IDEATE Studio A
Sign up available late October

The job application cover letter is your first impression on a potential employer. As a result, this high stakes document is often very difficult (and stressful!) to write. This workshop covers five tips to writing a cover letter that persuades employers you are the ideal candidate for the position. We will go over several examples that provide  words and phrases to construct an effective cover letter.

Designing Research Posters/Effective PowerPoint Presentations
Thursday, November 10, 2016
5:00pm-6:30pm IDEATE Studio A
Sign up available late October

This two-part, back-to-back workshop teaches you strategies for presenting your work visually.  You may attend one or both parts.

In part I of this workshop (5:00-5:45), we will discuss principles for creating effective scientific research posters.  You will learn some basic – but effective – visual design principles to create a compelling and memorable research poster that tells a visual "story" about your research project and findings. 

Part II of this workshop (5:45-6:30) introduces you to research on creating effect PowerPoint slides that help your audience understand and remember your presentation.  You will learn techniques for designing individual slides and for structuring the entire presentation so it has a logical flow.

Recordings of previous workshops

Maximizing the Impact of your Cover Letter
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Improving the "Flow" of Your Writing
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Team Communication Part II: Handling Difficult People and Situations
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