Event: English Conversation Hour

Practice Conversational English in a friendly, informal setting. Open to all undergraduate and graduate students. If you have not previously participated this academic year, please click here to register so that we can add you to our Teams site.

Upcoming Conversation Hour meetings:

  • Thursday, October 28th, 5-6pm in Clough 447
  • Monday, November 15th, 5-6pm in Clough 447


Event: Dissertation Accelerator

The Dissertation Accelerator is open to all currently enrolled GT doctoral students actively working on their dissertations, at any stage of the process. The Accelerator provides students with structured time to write, accountability to help them meet their goals, community to support them through the process, and access to workshops that provide them with tools and strategies for completing the dissertation. The Accelerator is not a writing course and it does not provide writing instruction to students. Students should be prepared to write independently for ~20 hours during the Accelerator week.

We host an Accelerator at the end of each term (fall, spring, and summer) and offer both in-person and remote options for participation. In-person participation is limited and priority is given to students who have not previously participated in an Accelerator in person and who fit the focus of the event, which changes based on the term.

  • Fall Focus: students in the final stages of the dissertation (graduating in May)
  • Spring Focus: students just beginning the process (proposal stage or first chapter/section)
  • Summer Focus: open to all and prioritizing students by graduation date for in-person participation

The Fall Dissertation Accelerator will take place December 13-17th from 10am-5pm daily with both in-person and remote options for participation. Space is limited for in-person participation and will be determined based on where students are in the dissertation process, previous participation, and registration order. The focus of this Accelerator is late-stage dissertation writers (defense expected within 6 months). PhD Candidates at any stage are welcome to participate remotely. All participants should be prepared to attend all sessions. Registrants will receive detailed information about the Accelerator one week prior to the event (including whether or not they are invited to participate in person).

Registration is now closed for the Fall Accelerator.


Fall 2021 Workshops

Workshops provide specific instruction on many topics, including but not limited to visual rhetoric, oral presentations, job application materials, and academic writing. Each workshop is conducted by a trained expert in communication and is geared to graduate students and advanced undergraduates. In Fall 2021 we will be offering the following workshops:

Revising and Editing Your Own Writing

Monday, October 25th
BlueJeans (Register Here)

Does everyone seem to be too busy to give you feedback on your writing projects? Did you wait until the last minute and now can't get help from your professor or CommLab? In this workshop you'll learn strategies to help you be your own editor. We'll also talk about the difference between revision and editing and you'll learn some strategies for revising your work too.

Principles of Design: Posters and PowerPoint

Thursday, November 18th
Clough 447

In this workshop students will learn to craft research posters and PowerPoint slide decks that are effective and accessible. Learn strategies to ensure that your next poster or presentation is memorable for all the right reasons!

Professional Communication for Student Researchers

Wednesday, December 1st
BlueJeans (Register Here)

CommLab's Professional Consultants will share best practices for professional communication as a student researcher in an academic setting (in a lab, with your research group, with professors, collaborators, etc). The last half of the workshop will be dedicated to Q&A.