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Alda Center for Communicating Science

Alda Center Looking to enhance your ability to talk about your research to anyone? The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science offers a series of 1-credit graduate-level modules on their innovative communication techniques for connecting with an audience. Interested participants are recommended to begin with one of the following courses:

JRN 501 Foundations of Science Communication I. (1 credit)
JRN 503 Foundations of Science Communication II. (1 credit)
In this team-taught, immersive science communication training, students will build skills to passionately communicate in a way that excites, engages, and encourages audiences to want to learn more about their work. Improvisational theater-based techniques are combined with message design strategies like distilling and storytelling, enabling healthcare professionals, scientists, and researchers to use strategy and spontaneity to execute powerful communication in any context.

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Grant & Proposal Writing

Find the right funding for your research needs and learn how to distill your message to communicate to non-specialist grant reviewers. All graduate students and postdocs are welcome.

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Three Minute Thesis Competition

SBU 3MT LogoStony Brook's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition takes place each Spring. PhD students in all disciplines who have advanced to candidacy are invited to present on their dissertation findings to a general audience in only three minutes. While 3MT is a competition, Stony Brook emphasizes the professional development gained by all competitors, who join a cohort of students to undergo specialized communication training in distilling the message of their research for any audience.

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SBU Postdoc Spotlight

Spotlight BannerStony Brook's Postdoc Spotlight is an opportunity for postdocs to hone their communication skills by presenting their research for a general audience in only five minutes. These bitesized talks provide an exciting snapshot of postdoctoral research for our campus community, drawing a full house from across campus. Postdoc speakers receive intensive coaching on their talks from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, providing them with tools for talking about their research with any audience. Prizes are given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place talks. The Postdoc Spotlight is held annually during the Fall semester. 

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Advanced Certificates in Science and Health Communications

These 12- and 18-credit graduate certificates will help prepare scientists, public health workers, health professionals, journalists, and other communications professionals to communicate science- and health-related issues to the public. These certificates are offered by the Alda Center for Communicating Science in partnership with the School of Journalism and other programs on campus.

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Graduate-Level Writing Support

Grad student writing support groupIn collaboration with various other units including the Graduate Student Organization, the Program in Writing and Rhetoric’s Graduate Program offers writing support for graduate students across campus. Current programs include a Dissertation/Thesis Writing Boot Camp, a Writing Accountability/Support Group, and a hands-on Writing Workshop series. Students interested in a course-based support can sign up for WRT 621 (also offered in a flexible 1-3 credit modularized online version).

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Writing Center

Writing Center staff helping a studentThe  Writing Center supports graduate students through one-on-one sessions focused on each individual writer's needs. The tutors work with students of all skill levels at any stage of the writing process, and are versed in a variety of genres. The Center focuses on writing fundamentals and skill-building, as opposed to line editing, in order to provide valuable professional development. Writing Center tutors are also prepared to assist with fellowships applications, and collaborate with Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Development's Director for  Fellowships Advising  on advising for specific awards like the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).   

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