Learn to speak about your research with confidence!

Whether you are giving a conference presentation, a job talk, or defending your dissertation, as a graduate student you need to be able to speak with authority and knowledge about your research area, respond to questions, and engage in scholarly debate.

Speak like a Scholar is designed to help doctoral students develop their professional scholarly voices and give effective academic presentations with confidence.

This 24-hour program will take place over four days from Tuesday, February 18th to Friday, February 21st.

Discussions and hands-on practice addressing many aspects of giving oral presentations in an academic context will be offered. 

Rules of participation

Speak like a Scholar has strict parameters for participation. Before applying, please think ahead to week of the workshop (February 18 to 21) and decide whether you can meet the following expectations:

  • Participate in all four days of the program (February 18-21) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you have lab responsibilities, you will need to find lab coverage for all four days.
  • Participate in skill-building workshops.
  • Gather all of the materials you will need to draft and design presentations (articles, data, previous drafts with comments, research notes, etc.).
  • Complete planning and practicing “homework” each day outside of the workshop space.

Space is limited!

This program is open to doctoral students only. Space in this workshop is limited, and participants will be selected based on their applications. 

Application for Speak like a Scholar

The Writing and Communication Centre will be accepting applications to participate in Speak Like a Scholar until January 20, 2020. Please apply using the Google form.

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