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Michigan Tech Graduate Students: Storytelling for Researchers on October 30, 2019

A common mistake graduate students make in their professional communications is focusing too much on data and the process of collecting that data and not enough on the story behind the research.

Often you will have to share your research with a general audience who will not have the full technical background you possess and will quickly be lost in the mires of facts, figures and equations. Often, these are the same people you need to convince to fund your research, project or business.

Studies show our brains are hardwired for stories. You can learn simple storytelling elements to make people listen, understand the value of your work, and want to support your research. Learn to capture the essence of your research, and find the story behind it and why it is important to you and the world.

Here’s a great prep session for this year’s “Three Minute Thesis Contest” presented by local author Charli Mills. Mills punches readers in the gut with emotive 99-word narratives. A born buckaroo, she grew up telling stories, earned a degree in creative writing and communicated brands for a living.

She teaches punchy storytelling and leads 99-word challenges at CarrotRanch.com. This workshop is 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 30) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. Register here.

By Graduate Student Government.


Michigan Tech 3 Minute Thesis Competition Registration Open

The Graduate Student Government announces this year’s Three Minute Thesis competition will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 6.

This competition offers a great opportunity for graduate students across the university to present their research to a general audience. Participants are required to present their research within three minutes. This contest is open to all graduate students at any stage/path of their graduate studies. They are not required to have a finished thesis, or even a proposal to present – even coursework track students can participate. Participants are judged on their communication and presentation skills while delivering their content in just three minutes with one static PowerPoint slide.

The 3MT competition was started by the University of Queensland, Australia in 2008. Success and the growing popularity of the competition spread the idea across more than 200 universities around the globe. The winner of the local Michigan Tech competition will earn the opportunity to present at the regional 3MT competition. The registration for the local competition is open now and will continue through October 23.

The competition is divided into two phases: preliminary rounds and a final round. Preliminary rounds will be held on campus in the MUB Ballroom from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 6. These times are subject to change based on the number of presenters in the preliminary round. To promote the involvement of a general audience, the final round will be held at Continetal Fire Co. in downtown Houghton from 6 to 8 p.m.

The winner and runners-up will receive cash prizes of $300 and $150 respectively. Additionally, a People’s Choice award will be given to a speaker selected by the event’s audience, with a cash prize of $100. GSG invites and encourages all graduate students to take advantage of this amazing competition.

By Graduate Student Government.


Michigan Tech Idea Pitch Competition

Students, you’ve kicked around that great idea of yours for a while. Now is your chance to pitch it.

The Idea Pitch Competition will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15 in GLRC G202. There will be a pre-pitch meet-and-greet reception in the GLRC 201 Lobby. The Idea Pitch Competition gives students a chance to take their ideas live and get valuable feedback from our panel of experts including local community members and alums. Students have two minutes to share their favorite innovation and/or disruptive idea in an interactive community setting. Present alone or with a team of up to two people. Top teams will be awarded cash prizes. Register here.

By Husky Innovate.