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What’s Your Work About? Written, Visual & Spoken Communication of Research

Learning how to communicate your research is invaluable in terms of your professional development and can be an important part of your career as a graduate student and beyond. Join us in this four-week program to develop your written, visual, and spoken communication skills. This program brings together GPSPD partners from the Judith Anderson Herbert Writing Center, the UT Libraries, and the Graduate School to help you as you answer the question “What’s Your Work About?”

All sessions will take place on Zoom, accessed through a Canvas course available to registered attendees. Sessions will be recorded and accessible through the course for those unable to attend the live session.

Please register so that we can add you to the Canvas course. You can attend each session individually, but those who register and attend the first three sessions, either live or recorded, will receive a certificate.

Crafting Clear and Compelling Abstracts

February 2, 5:30–7:00 p.m. 

This workshop will outline the purpose, expectations, and general structure of an abstract, a genre used to communicate complex ideas concisely for other researchers. The session is designed for graduate students who are or will be preparing to submit an abstract to present at a conference or for publication and will include hands-on writing practice.

Research as Storytelling

March 2, 5:30–7:00 p.m. 

This workshop will provide tools and techniques for using the spoken word to communicate your research to a variety of audiences. This session is designed for graduate students who envision themselves explaining their work to potential funders, community partners, and other researchers in a way that is clear and compelling.

Designing a Research Poster

February 16, 5:30–7:00 p.m.

This workshop is designed to provide introductory information for individuals designing research posters. Participants will explore poster design concepts, research poster elements, software available for poster design, and campus resources to support poster design and printing. This session is designed for graduate students who plan to share their work through a research poster presentation and will include hands-on time to explore design software, during which students can work with sample data or bring their own data to work with.

Feedback Session

March 16, 5:30–7:00 p.m. (Zoom)

In this session, participants will share works they have created or are currently working on (written, visual, or spoken). Session attendees and facilitators will provide constructive feedback and comments.


The following participants have received certificates of completion.

Fall 2019

Tori Bertram—PhD, Communication Studies

Jacob Dein—MS, Geography

Melissa Dein—MS, Food Science

Spring 2020

Kelly Buch—PhD, Mathematics

Johnny Richwine—PhD, Natural Resources

Fall 2020

Caroline Joy Billings—DVM, Veterinary Medicine

Gretchen Cook—PhD, Teacher Education

Burak Demir—PhD, Political Science

Meredith Goins—PhD, Communication and Information

Jennifer Sickles Huffman—MS, Information Sciences

Monica Keller—PhD, Education

Katherine Trubee—PhD, Political Science