Graduate Research Communications Series

Tuesday, October 03, 2017 to Monday, December 04, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


Floor/Room #: 
Goat's Head

A multi-session series run each fall for Graduate students and postdocs to provide instruction on how to best present data and research in manuscripts and in seminars to both technical and non-technical audiences. Graduate students have the option of joining a peer writing/presenting group following the series to give and receive peer feedback on research manuscripts they are authoring and/or research seminars/presentations they are working on. Learning objectives for the research communications series are for students by the end of the series to be able to:

  • comprehend the importance of tailoring communications about research for different audiences
  • utilize basic facets of improv to be more engaged with an audience
  • employ best practices when designing and delivering a presentation, including a research seminar
  • write clear scholarly compositions
  • develop a central theme for a research manuscript and present data to support this theme
  • Differentiate the various steps in the research manuscript journal submission and peer review process

Registration for the series is required, as space is limited. Registration must be completed through this link (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Participants in the series are expected to attend at least 5 out of 7 of the sessions and will receive a certificate of completion for meeting this attendance requirement. Registered participants will be added to the Graduate Research Communications series Canvas site and will have access to workshop materials, including presentation slides.  

There will be no formal assessments during the series, however, participants will be asked to complete an evaluation survey following each session to provide feedback and to gauge quality of the session and whether learning objectives were achieved.

Series Schedule:

All sessions occur in Goat's Head Restaurant from 12-1 PM on dates indicated, mostly Tuesdays, with a free lunch provided:

10/3/17 Seeing the bigger picture and crafting a story, led by Heather Goldstone (WGBH/NPR Boston)
10/10/17 Improv/Reading an Audience, led by Jake Livingood (MIT Grad Career Lab)
10/24/17 Presention Skills, led by Jess Baer (WPI ATC)
10/31/17 Research and conference seminars, led by Amity Manning (WPI BBT faculty)
11/6/17 (*note this is a Monday) General Writing Skills and Strategies, led by Ryan Madan (WPI Writing Center)
11/14/17 Research Articles – I: Strategies in writing a manuscript, led by Amy Peterson (WPI CM Faculty)
11/28/17 Research Articles – II: Data Visualization and figure preparation, led by Lane Harrison (WPI CS Faculty)
12/4/17 (*note this is a Monday, 2-3 PM) Research Articles – III: journal selection, manuscript submission, peer review; led by Aaron Deskins (WPI CM Faculty)


Registration Deadline:
Monday, December 4, 2017 1:00 pm
Rory J. Flinn
Phone Number: