Carnegie Mellon University

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Making the Case for Your Research  

Mar 21, 5:00-6:00pm 

This workshop will teach you four steps that make the case for why your research is an essential contribution to the field. These four “moves” turn your research into a compelling narrative and highlight the importance and innovation of your work, especially when communicating to a non-specialist audience. These well-established moves can help you structure the abstract, introduction and literature review of journal articles and papers, in both the sciences and humanities. They can also be applied in various other contexts, including conference presentations, application materials, and grant proposals.  Register here.

Concision and Clarity 

Apr 4, 5:00-6:00pm 

Have you ever been told that your writing is too wordy or is “choppy”?  Concision and clarity are core principles of effective communication. Writing that clearly and directly emphasizes the bottom line helps readers easily and efficiently understand your main point. This workshop teaches you simple – but effective – principles for being more concise and improving the logical flow between sentences and paragraphs. These strategies will help an audience follow the progression of your ideas and arguments, in both the sciences and humanities.  Register here.

Writing an Academic Cover Letter

Apr 16, 5:00-6:00pm 

Academic cover letters share many of the characteristics of traditional cover letters, but there are some notable differences. Designed for PhD students who will be applying to academic jobs, this workshop will discuss the structure and content of an academic cover letter. We will help you learn how to interpret job ads and determine how to tailor your letter for different universities and positions. We will also discuss and critique several strong and weak examples.  Register here.