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.

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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.

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Town Hall Talks

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