Communication

Communication

The ability to effectively communicate your research to a variety of audiences is an essential professional skill. From building healthy writing habits to preparing for conferences to dissertation writing retreats, OPD helps students and postdocs improve their writing and presenting skills through a variety of programs offered throughout the year.

Elroy

I see myself as a successful researcher, but if I didn't develop complementary skills—if I couldn't lead, present, or write—I wouldn't have the tools to effectively communicate what I'm researching. I have attended many OPD workshops and have benefited greatly. I have also encouraged graduate students in our lab, department and across campus to consider both their professional and academic development; these two things go hand-in-hand to ensure success in securing the right job and excelling in your career. 

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Elroy Aguiar (Former Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate, Kinesiology)

Upcoming Events

Nov
15

Pomodoro Fridays

Nov 15, 2019 | 2:30pm - 4:30pm | Graduate Commons, 5th floor, Du Bois Library

Boost your productivity through mid-term season! The Pomodoro Technique is a tried and true productivity strategy consisting of 25 minutes of focused work followed by a 5-minute break. And the productivity grows when people work alongside each other! Each Friday, we’ll do four Pomodoros. The first round will start promptly at 2:30pm, so arrive beforehand if you’d like to settle in and get warmed up. One pre-registration for the series is required; attend one week or attend them all!

Nov
21

Making Great Figures

Nov 21, 2019 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm | 538 Goodell

Making great figures takes time and effort, but there are some tricks to get you there faster. Are you using the right format? Are you considering the audience? What tools are available and best-suited for your data? Come take this opportunity to discuss the answers to these questions and work with your data to produce amazing figures for your presentations and publications. 

Nov
22

Pomodoro Fridays

Nov 22, 2019 | 2:30pm - 4:30pm | Graduate Commons, 5th floor, Du Bois Library

Boost your productivity through mid-term season! The Pomodoro Technique is a tried and true productivity strategy consisting of 25 minutes of focused work followed by a 5-minute break. And the productivity grows when people work alongside each other! Each Friday, we’ll do four Pomodoros. The first round will start promptly at 2:30pm, so arrive beforehand if you’d like to settle in and get warmed up. One pre-registration for the series is required; attend one week or attend them all!

Dec
12

Reading Day Drafting Clinic

Dec 12, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm | 538 Goodell

All writers agree: drafting is hard. By “drafting,” we mean that blank-page moment between research and initial draft, when most sentences are being composed for the first time. In this interactive workshop, we will learn about and practice three different methods for drafting academic projects. Think of it as a drafting boot camp—get going on final papers or jump start winter projects! Bring with you everything you need to draft. 

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Additional Resources

Graduate students and post doctoral students may access many other support systems to improve their communication skills.

  • The UMass Amherst Writing Center offers face-to-face and online consultations to help graduate students and postdocs clarify ideas, reorganize text, set writing goals and build productive writing practices.

  • The Public Engagement Project organizes events to help researchers contribute to social change, inform public policy, and enrich public debate.

  • The UMass Amherst science community challenges researchers to make their work accessible to a wide range of audiences through the Life Science Café and That’s Life [Science] blog.

Questions?

Contact us for more information on OPD’s communication workshops and assistance.

Dissertation retreat participants