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Communication & Negotiation

The ability to express your ideas clearly in speech and writing is vitally important as a scholar. It can also help you secure funding and increase your employability in the academy, industry, and beyond.

Communication Workshops

The Graduate School regularly hosts communication workshops that are designed to help students explain the value and relevance of their research to a non-specialized audience. Led by Dr. Jonathan Edwards, these popular workshops can help you:

  • Improve your chances of securing funding for your research by learning how to clearly explain its value and relevance
  • Perfect your cover letters and personal statements by teaching you how to situate your work within a broader context
  • Have more fun and feel less isolated around your family and friends by being able to answer the question “What do you do?” in an engaging and accessible way
  • Get prospective employers’ attention by being able to portray your expertise in a confident, jargon-free style

3-Minute Thesis/Dissertation Speeches

The 3-Minute Thesis/Dissertation (3MTD) Speech is a Graduate Student Day competition category which pushes students to effectively distill and explain the significance of their dissertation or thesis. In addition to developing public speaking skills, the competition gives students an opportunity to crystalize their research discoveries and share their findings with a broad, non-specialized audience.

Each spring, The Graduate School hosts communication workshops to help students prepare for the 3MTD speech competition. In addition to a Graduate Student Day prize, the first place winner of the 3MTD is also eligible to receive a paid trip to represent the University of South Carolina at the Conference of Southern Graduate School’s (CSGS) regional 3MT competition.

Dance Your Ph.D. Contest

Sponsored by Science magazine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the competition invites doctoral students and Ph.D. recipients to explain their research through interpretive dance. (Note: this event is not sponsored by the University of South Carolina.)

Salary Negotiation

$tart $mart Workshops provide students who are approaching the job market knowledge and communication skills to negotiate salaries and benefits so that they receive fair and realistic compensation.

Curriculum Vitae Workshops

Mark Anthony, assistant director of the Career Center, regularly hosts interactive Curriculum Vitae Workshops to provide practical tips to help ensure your C.V. makes it to the “top of the pile.” The workshops are co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence, Graduate Student Association, Career Center, and Graduate School.


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