Workshops-Global Communication Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Upcoming Workshops

The Global Communication Center will be offering two communication workshops in the upcoming weeks.  These workshops are free and are open to all CMU students, faculty, staff, or alumni.  More information and links to register appear below.

GCC Dissertation Boot Camps

The Global Communication Center will be offering two dissertation boot camps for CMU Ph.D. students in or near the dissertation writing phase of their studies.  The first camp will run May 12-15, 2014 9:00am-1:00pm and the second on May 27-30, 2014 9:00am-1:00pm.  Breakfast will be provided, courtesy of the Graduate Student Assembly. 

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 signing up for the boot camp, we ask that you commit to attending the hands-on abstract workshops each morning.

The camps are free.  Registration is limited to the first 30 students to sign up for each date.

The registration for the first boot camp, May 12-15, is full. Email us to be put onto a wait list for the first boot camp.

The registration for the second boot camp, May 27-30, is full. Email us to be put onto a wait list for the second boot camp.

The registration deadline for the May 12-15 camp is May 8 and the deadline for the May 27-30 boot camp is May 20.  Both camps are limited to the first 30 students to sign up.

Questions can be directed to: gcc-cmu@andrew.cmu.edu.

Poster Feedback Session

April 24 and May 5, 2014

5:00-6:00pm

Designing a poster for Meeting of the Minds or another poster session? Come and get your poster design questions answered in a group session with GCC Visual Consultant Kerry Ishizaki. Get the feedback you need to take your poster design to the next level!  Sign up today. 

Each session is limited to 5 participants on a first come, first serve basis. All participants will receive feedback from the group and some expert advice on their individual poster design. Pizza and soda will be provided

Bring your laptop with a digital copy of your poster.  You must have a poster draft to participate.  After a brief overview of common poster flaws, we will project each poster on the screen and complete peer review forms listing the strengths and weaknesses of each poster.

To sign up for the Poster Feedback Session, email gcccmu@andrew.cmu.edu and indicate whether you would like the session on April 24 or May 5.

Designing Effective PowerPoint Presentations

This workshop presents recent research on effective PowerPoint presentation slide design.  You will learn how to balance text and visual elements and gain hands-on practice in revising poorly designed slides.  We will also teach strategies for effective oral delivery.  This workshop is a repeat of the very popular workshop on PowerPoint presentations we gave last year.  Pizza and beverages will be provided.

The PowerPoint used in this workshop entitled "Designing Effective PowerPoint Presentations" is available

Team Communication

Have you ever had a team project go awry because of poor communication within the team?  This workshop will teach you how to communicate expectations and requirements at the beginning of a collaborative project.  You will learn how to structure a team project to avoid many of the most common problems on teams and you will learn strategies for effectively communicating with teammates when problems such as missed deadlines, poor quality work, and competing visions for the project do occur.  Pizza and beverages will be provided.

The PowerPoint used in this workshop entitled "Team Communication" is available

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.

Designing Effective PowerPoint Presentations and Scientific Posters

This workshop (offered by popular demand) reviews the highlights of two of our most popular workshops.  From 5:00-5:45 we will cover how to design effective PowerPoint presentations that follow research-based principles for slide design.From 5:45-6:30 we will discuss how to design effective scientific research posters. 

You may attend one or both parts of the workshop.  In both workshops you will learn how to use emphasis and create a compelling visual “story” about your research project and findings.  Pizza and soda will be provided.

For more information on our workshops, please contact gcc-cmu@andrew.cmu.edu

Do you have an idea for a workshop?  Email the GCC with your request: gcc-cmu@andrew.cmu.edu