ComSciCon Houston 2018
During ComSciCon-Houston 2018, PhD students and post-doctoral scholars interacted with accomplished science communicators. Participants developed new relationships with local experts in science writing in print and electronic media and science policy advocates. They also learned, via expert instruction and peer feedback, how to communicate their research to a broad audience using the Three-Minute Thesis format. This event resulted in greater interaction and collaboration among the scientific graduate community from Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, University of Houston, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and UTHealth School of Public Health.
After participating in the workshop, participants now have a solid working draft of an article written from their own unique perspective that they can choose to publish in a number of scientific outlets, and in fact some participants have already published their articles on personal blogs and magazines. Not only will these articles empower students to communicate their research to a variety of audiences, but the dissemination of these stories has tremendous potential for communicating the research or their viewpoint as a researcher both nationally and internationally.
Here is what some of the 2018 attendees had to say (Dont forget to check out their publications and pop talk videos)
"What I most loved about ComSciCon Houston was the chance to get specific, hands-on input from peers and science communicators on how to really explain my personal research to a wide audience rather than just general communicative advice. I learned about and made headway into a career in science communication and found friends and had fun while doing it" - Laura B Carter (Check out Laura's pop talk here)
"ComSciCon was a great experience, which allowed me to get feedback on my writing. I was able to refine my ideas and develop a well written paper that was published last May in practitioners science education journal" - Uchenna Emenaha