The Engage Seminar

The Engage graduate-level seminar course at the University of Washington teaches emerging scientists to effectively communicate through development of a seminar on their own research for a general audience. The course themes include storytelling, audience consideration, and public speaking while incorporating lessons and tools from a variety of sources: improvisational games, group discussion and feedback, and, most importantly, practice. After completion of the course, students give their presentations at a public venue (currently hosted by Town Hall Seattle as the “UW Science Now” series.)

The 3-credit course housed in the College of the Environment meets once per week for approximately 3 hours. The next course will be offered in winter quarter 2020. Please subscribe to our blog to follow along with the seminar students.


In Class

Improv, story telling, and audience consideration. Students learn how to use their voice, their brains, and their bodies to communicate in an engaging and inclusive way.

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Elevator Pitches

Students present their research as a short elevator pitch - quick, catchy, and impactful. During Pitch Nite, they share their pitches with a general audience at a local pub.


Town Hall Talks

Students present a deeper dive into their research at the annual UW Science Now Speaker Series at Town Hall Seattle.