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.
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:
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.
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.)
$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.
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.