Carnegie Mellon University

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Designing Effective Scientific Posters

OCT 29, 6:00-7:00pm EDT

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. We will email the Zoom link the day of the workshop.

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Writing a Related Work Section

NOV 2, 6:00-7:00pm EST

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. We will email the Zoom link the day of the workshop.

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Concision and Clarity

NOV 12, 6:00-7:00pm EST

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. We will email the Zoom link the day of the workshop.

Registration opens October 29