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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. 

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

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. This boot camp 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. The boot camp will be held in room IDeATe A.

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

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Team Communication Part I: The Fundamentals of Managing Team Projects June 1st at 12pm

Teamwork is central to 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, especially on group documents. This workshop will also cover effective strategies for talking with your teammates when problems do occur. Lunch will be provided by Summer Studies at CMU.

The advice in this workshop is based on Dr. Wolfe's research interviewing dozens of students and professionals about their team experiences and practices.

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Achieve Clear and Concise Writing July 11th at 12pm 

Have you ever been told that your writing is too wordy?  Concision is a core principle of effective communication. Writing that clearly and directly emphasizes the bottom line helps readers easily and efficiently understand your main point. This workshop offers several simple and effective strategies to improve the concision and clarity of your writing. The strategies in this workshop are appropriate for all academic disciplines. Lunch will be provided by Summer Studies at CMU.

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