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Share Your Research Beyond Academia: A Writing Workshop for Graduate Students



James Branch Cabell Library Multipurpose Room (250)
901 Park Ave. Richmond, Va 23284


As graduate students, you understand the imperative to share original research with other experts in your field through scholarly publication. But both STEM and social science researchers are increasingly concerned about how research findings make a difference outside of academia as well. Will your research make a difference to patients, consumers, families and government leaders? Will it be understandable to university administrators and funding agencies? Are you eager to share your ideas with scientists in other disciplines? The way your research is perceived and appreciated in the broader world depends on the broader world being able to understand what you do, and why you do it. Now, more than ever, scientists are seeking ways to share new knowledge with the public in ways that support its value, and utility. This workshop will offer assistance in writing articles and press releases that make your work accessible to non-specialists. You will also learn about multi-media options for distributing that work in formats that will appeal to broad, important audiences beyond scholars in your field.

Science Journalism students participating in a VCU Quest Initiative to improve science communication and science literacy will work with you to craft a news story, press release, mini-poster, or grant proposal abstract in clear, journalistic style to describe your research. Our student journalists will provide suggestions for making your research both compelling and interesting to those who can help support your work, as well as to those who will benefit from it.

Students will sign up for one-on-one sessions with a student journalist, and will also have an opportunity to tour The Workshop In Cabell Library. The Workshop offers students resources and assistance in producing a variety of communications formats, from public service announcements to posters to blog sites. The Nov. 4 session will also include a talk by Hillary Miller, the Libraries’ Scholarly Communication Outreach Librarian. Miller will address access and ownership issues relevant to cross-over publishing in academic and non-academic venues.

Registration for this event is strongly encouraged.


November 4 Writing Workshop Slots:

Refreshments served 3–5 p.m. 

November 5 Schedule Writing Workshop Slots:

  • 9–9:30 (4 slots)
  • 9:30–10 (4 slots)
  • 10–10:30 (4 slots)
  • 10:30–11 (4 slots)
  • 11–11:30 (4 slots)
  • 11:30–12 Lunch and keynote talk:
    "Using Social Media to Communicate Your Research" by Nora Daly, a master's student at VCU working toward dual degrees in social work and public health. She has professional experience in social media in news and advocacy roles.

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James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
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Richmond, VA 23298-0582
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