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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 Writing Center, the UT Libraries, and the Graduate School to help you as you answer the question “What’s Your Work About?”

Registration for fall 2020 is now open. You can register for each session individually using the links below, but those who register and attend all four will receive a certificate.

Crafting Clear and Compelling Abstracts

September 8, 5:30–7:00 p.m. (Zoom)

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. Register for Clear and Compelling Abstracts.

Research as Storytelling

October 6, 5:30–7:00 p.m. (Zoom)

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. Register for Research as Storytelling.

Designing a Research Poster

September 22, 5:30–7:00 p.m. (Zoom)

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. Register for Designing a Research Poster.

Feedback Session

October 20, 5:30–7:00 p.m. (Zoom)

In this session, participants will share two works they created during the first three sessions. Members of the audience (peers and invited faculty) will provide constructive feedback and comments. Register for Feedback Session.


The following participants attended all four of the sessions of What’s Your Work About? and 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