Handouts & ResourcesThis page provides students with handouts and resources to improve their academic and professional communication skills.
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Online Video Series
3 Minute Thesis Competition Video Series
This video series offers strategies that will help you create a succinct yet compelling 3 Minute Thesis presentation.
1. Introduction to 3MT
This video gives a brief overview of the 3MT competition and introduces you to the other videos in the series.
2. The Four Novelty Moves
This video explains four simple steps that can help you turn your research into a compelling narrative and showcase the relevance of your project's contribution to the field.
3. Using Metaphors and Transitions
This video discusses how to use accessible metaphors and transitions to help a nonspecialist audience understand and remember your project.
4. 3MT Example 1
This video analyzes the strategies used by a People's Choice Award winner from Carnegie Mellon's 2014 3MT competition.
5. 3MT Example 2
This video analyzes the strategies used by the 2013 3MT winner from Queensland University.
Introducing Ideas in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
This instructional video teaches ECE researchers, students, and professionals how to propose new ideas so that managers, funding sources, and other non-experts understand why the idea is worth implementing.
Creating Scientific and Research Posters
This workshop provides advice on designing effective scientific research 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 employ some basic visual design principles.