Carnegie Mellon University

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Our Fall 2019 workshop schedule is now live!

Registration is completely free and is on a first come, first served basis. 

Communicating Data to Non-Experts

OCT 24, 5:00-6:00PM, IDEATE A (HUNT LIBRARY)

In your professional life, you may often have to present technical data to non-expert audiences such as managers, clients, politicians, or members of the general public. This workshop teaches you principles for creating graphs and tables that non-experts can understand. You will learn to think of your data as a story that needs to capture the audience's attention, and you will be introduced to strategies for minimizing distractions to this story so audiences can quickly grasp your main point.

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Designing Effective Scientific Posters

OCT 29, 5:00-6:00PM, IDEATE A (HUNT LIBRARY)

This workshop provides advice on designing effective scientific research posters. We will teach you some basic – but effective – visual design principles to create a compelling and memorable research poster. This workshop will help you create a persuasive visual "story" or narrative about your research project and findings. We will also discuss and critique several strong and weak examples of scientific posters.

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Writing a Related Work Section

NOV 7, 5:00-6:00PM, IDEATE A (HUNT LIBRARY)

A related work section, or literature review, synthesizes relevant past literature to connect your work to the broader field. It also builds your credibility by showing your familiarity with major developments and trends in the field. However, it is easy for the literature review to become a “data dump” that overwhelms your reader with extraneous or irrelevant information. This workshop will give you strategies and language to connect research into trends and put studies in conversation with each other. We will look at strong and weak examples and focus on the language they use. This workshop is appropriate for students in the sciences and humanities, writing literature reviews in journal articles, research papers, dissertations/theses, and more.

Registration opens Oct. 24

Concision and Clarity

NOV 14, 5:00-6:00PM, IDEATE A (HUNT LIBRARY)

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.

Registration opens Oct. 31