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Training for Presenting Research to the Public

Graduate Certificate in Science Outreach

The objectives of the certificate are to teach students how to integrate research and outreach, and how to facilitate a dialogue with the lay public.  Coursework concentrates on increasing the ability of students to communicate science to broad audiences of different ages and different levels of education.  Practice and application of outreach will develop the "broader impacts" component of the research and will emphasize actual interaction with audiences to promote understanding and appreciation of science as well as support for scientific research. Learn more

Mizzou 3 Minute Thesis Program & Competition

Mizzou 3MT® is a research communication program intended to help grad students develop presentation and research communication skills with a non-specialist (public) audience. Participants learn how to present a compelling presentation about their dissertation or thesis research in only three minutes. At the competitin, the top contestant receives a cash prize and is eligible for international competition. Find out eligibility criteria and how to participate on our mizzou3MT pages.

Elevator Speech

An elevator speech (or elevator pitch) is a 15-30 second “sound bite” that succinctly and memorably introduces you. By preparing and practicing a basic elevator speech, you will be ready to introduce yourself to prospective mentors, collaborators, employers, advocates and funders. Student researchers should always be able to explain how society benefits from research! Learn more>>

Broader Impacts Network

The MU Broader Impacts Network was assists researchers in the development, implementation, and evaluation of high-quality broader impacts activities. Grad students and postdocs who interested in developing a public education initiative, or joining up with an existing effort are encouraged to contact the BIN staff.

Science Communication and Public Engagement

SCAPE is an interdisciplinary group of graduate students drawing participants from the medical school, engineering, environmental science, and other disciplines. During their weekly “sci-dish” meetings at RagTag Cinema, they plan events that will get grad students more actively involved with communicating science to the public. Learn more>>  

Decoding Science Program

For master's and doctoral students in the Life Sciences. This is a skills-based science communication training initiative made possible through a National Science Foundation grant. Participants benefit from four, 2-hour workshops and four, 2-hour rehearsal sessions with coaching by our team of communicators. Limited enrollment, rolling deadlines. Contact decodingscience [at] missouri [dot] edu

DuPont Plant Sciences Symposia at MU

This symposium is collaborative effort by graduate students from the Division of Plant Sciences, Division of Biological Sciences, and the Interdisciplinary Plant Group. The goal is to have presenters deliver their fundamental, applied, or mixed research to an audience in an easily understood manner that connects their research to problems food and agriculture face now and in the future. Contact Dalton Ludwick dclmrd [at] mail[ dot] missouri [dot] edu. 

MU Science Communication Network

The MU Science Communication Network provided education in communicating with diverse audiences for students, postdocs, faculty and others in the form of local and traveling workshops. Learn more>>

Interactive Theater

Graduate students in the Department of Theatre are engaged in Mizzou Interactive TheatreThe ITT engages public audiences in civil discussion on social justice issues such as race, religion, and sexual orientation. 

Saturday Morning Science

Saturday Morning Science is a series of one-hour long talks aimed at anyone who has some interest in science. However, no science background is required. Come share our enthusiasm and learn what some scientists are up to. More >>

21st Century Corps of Discovery Lecture

This fascinating lecture series features prominent MU researchers who are at the forefront of innovation and discovery. Lecture are free and open to the public. More>>