Research Communications

Resources for Researchers

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UGA Workshops and Competitions
UGA Courses and Seminars
External Resources
Tools

UGA Resources

UGA offers a number of workshops, courses and seminars to develop skills of faculty, postdocs and students in communicating their research or creative endeavor. Let us know of other opportunities offered or under development.

UGA Workshops and Competitions

Science cafes are fun, lively meetings held in places like coffee houses, pubs and community centers where everyday people come together and learn about a variety of topics from professional scientists. But they’re not lectures; they’re conversations. The scientist in each meeting is there to guide an open and friendly talk among people who want to know more. You don’t have to know a thing about science to participate, you just have to be curious. The Athens Science Cafe has hosted numerous meetings around the Classic City, and they are always looking for experts to speak. Meetings are free and open to the public.
Contact: Stephanie Pearl
Two-part workshops available for faculty and graduate students designed to help you develop the skills to better communicate your research to people outside of academia; to media; to policy makers; to students and to general audiences. The techniques combine improvisational theater games with instruction from communications experts who will help hone your message, present guidelines and suggestions for working with the media and lead mock interviews. The same training is available for graduate students through a special course worth one credit hour, GRSC 8200, which meets once a week for the first seven weeks of the semester
Contact: Meredith Welch-Devine, The University of Georgia Graduate School
A 45-minute workshop for faculty or students, with Patricia Thomas, Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism. Includes advice and tips on giving great interviews.
Contact: Patricia J. Thomas, Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communication

The UGA Graduate School sponsors an annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) Competition for doctoral students. The 3MT™ is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of students’ capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. Doctoral students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their dissertation topic and its significance. 3MT™ is not an exercise in trivializing or ‘dumbing-down’ research but forces students to consolidate their ideas and crystalize their research discoveries.
Contact: Meredith Welch-Devine, Graduate School.

Workshop includes “Communicating Your Research,” with group exercises, presentation tips, and resources for graduate students, postdocs and new faculty. Offered annually as part of the ROOTS series sponsored by the Postdoctoral Association and Graduate Students and Postdocs in Science.
Contact: Terry Hastings, Office of the Vice President for Research.

UGA Courses and Seminars

In this one credit hour course, which meets once a week for the first seven weeks of the semester, students will develop a set of skills focused on: communicating across disciplines; communicating with lay audiences; education and outreach; working with the media; using social media; and linking scholarship and policy. Faculty from Theatre and Film Studies and Journalism, as well as staff members from Public Affairs, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Graduate School, provide hands-on training and feedback.

Contact: Meredith Welch-Devine, The University of Georgia Graduate School

Graduate level course offered every Spring. Provides students with guidelines for writing a scientific manuscript and presenting a scientific talk. Students prepare and present talks to the class, evaluate one another, and receive individualized feedback on how to make their presentations even more effective.
Contact: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Plant Biology

Taught by various professors across campus include writing assignments and research communication. A list of new writing assignments in science, social science, and humanities will be made available to faculty to use in their FYO seminars.
Contact: Christy Desmet, cdesmet@uga.edu; Michelle Ballif, mballif@uga.edu; Elizabeth Daviseadavis@uga.edu
Franklin College, Warnell College of Forestry and Natural Resources, and Odum School of Ecology.  Weaves “strategic communication” elements into its core required courses. Includes mini-workshops and assignments that dovetail with the curriculum.

External Resources

Tools

Media Interview Tip Sheet