Attend a workshop specially designed to help you prepare a compelling #PRD video presentation. Learn how to share your research story with a general audience clearly, concisely, and with enthusiasm. Create appealing and accessible visuals. Develop your presentation with confidence!
- All workshops require registration, and some workshops have caps, so be sure to register early!
- When possible, we will record the workshops for the convenience of those in other time zones. We hope you'll attend in person.
- Sign up for a workshop using the links below.
Crafting and Sharing Your Research Story
- Laura Murray, Assistant Director, Learning Programs, McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning
Who doesn't like a good story? Humans have been telling and sharing stories for thousands of years to make sense of the world, and we can use this natural skill to talk about our research...even if the work is complex, esoteric, and/or highly technical.
If you're planning to participate in this year's Princeton Research Day and are curious about how to tell your compelling research story to a general audience, join us for this one-hour workshop designed to help you shine. We'll explore ways you can connect with your audience so that they can connect to your research, consider its implications, and help share your narrative even further.
(Held Tuesday, April 6, 12:00 pm)
Connection, Not Perfection: An Introduction to Public Speaking
- Stephanie Whetstone, Assistant Program Director, Princeton Writes
- John Weeren, Program Director, Princeton Writes
NOTE: Maximum registration is 15
With practice and guidance, public speaking can be an exhilarating experience. This workshop emphasizes the importance of forging a connection with your audience rather than achieving oratorical perfection. It explores 10 ways of enhancing your oral presentations, from the organization of your content to your method of delivery, with the ultimate goal of expressing yourself more confidently and persuasively.
(Held Tuesday, April 6, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm)
Clearly Communicating Complex Concepts
- Catherine Zandonella, Communications Manager, Office of the Dean for Research
- Liz Fuller-Wright, Science Writer, Office of Communications
Discover key tips for how to make the most of your three-minute presentation, including workshopping your visuals and crafting your "story in a sentence."
(Held Thursday, April 8, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm)
Three-Minute Research: Adapting Your Graduate Work for PRD
NOTE: This workshop is limited to graduate students only.
- Paul Durst, Assistant Director, STEM Education, Council on Science and Technology
- Catherine Riihimaki, Associate Director, Science Education, Council on Science and Technology
- Andrew Finn, Graduate Student, University Administrative Fellow
Maybe you’ve presented your scholarship at conferences or in seminars, but how can you adapt your work for a three-minute video at PRD? This workshop will provide guidance on best practices to effectively share your ideas with specialists and a broad audience. We’ll discuss the importance of good production, share ways to grab your audience’s attention quickly, and provide an opportunity to begin crafting a full research story in a short amount of time. We will finish with a brainstorming session about how the lessons from this workshop can be useful beyond the three-minute video for PRD. Open only to graduate students.
(Tuesday, April 13, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm)
The recording is not available for this session.
Visualizing Your Ideas
- Gwen McNamara, Communications Specialist, Pace Center for Civic Engagement
- Danielle Alio, Multimedia Supervisor, Office of Communications
- Alex Hollinghead, Digital Learning Lab Manager, McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning
Learn how to turn your Princeton Research Day presentation into a must-watch video. In this workshop you’ll learn how to plan effectively, select dynamic visuals, film and record with ease, and where to get inspiration or assistance.
(Held Wednesday, April 14, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm)
Simple Language Science: Make your Scientific Story Engaging and Accessible
- Penelope Georges, Associate Professional Specialist, Council on Science and Technology
- Daniel Cohen, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
- Haina Wang, Graduate Student, University Administrative Fellow
In this workshop, we will critically analyze different pieces of science communication media to determine characteristics that are most effective in engaging participants from a broad audience.
(Held Thursday, April 15, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm)
After the Research: Presenting with Clarity and Enthusiasm
NOTE: This workshop is limited to 20 participants.
- Vivia Font, Actress and Educator
You have done the work. Now you must present it. Oftentimes what gets in the way of success of a project, no matter how well it is constructed, are “performance” traps that a presenter can fall into that lead to a lack of connection, communication, and enthusiasm among your targeted audience. This happens with public speaking as well as recorded footage from your own home. I, a professional actress and educator, share my knowledge and expertise in performance and communication to guide this one hour workshop, where we will cover some tools and tips to help you present yourself clearly, generating excitement and enthusiasm through your voice, speech, and body language (should it be a part of your presentation.) Select participants will get to practice some of their presentation, and take some adjustments to help highlight the fascinating discoveries and journeys in their projects, and transmit this message with confidence to their intended audience.
(Held Friday, April 23, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm)