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GPSC422 - Perfecting Your Research Pitch

“What is your research about?” is a common question graduate students receive from professors, peers, employers, family, friends, etc. In most instances, you only have about 60 seconds (or less) to explain your research to your audience in a way that makes them take notice.

How do you convince your audience in less than a minute of the essential or inspiring elements of your research? What do you include in your description? What do you skip? How do you deliver your message clearly, briefly, and effectively, given the time constraints? The answers to these questions are the basis of the research pitch.

This workshop offers students the chance to practice building and giving a 1-minute research pitch, as well as get feedback from their peers.

Learning Objectives

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Identify the essential elements of a research pitch,
2. Articulate the topic and importance of your own research to an audience ,
3. Fine-tune your pitch for different audiences, settings, and timelines, and
4. Provide and receive feedback on research pitch.

Leaders Information

This workshop is led by Nadine Bekkouche & Bojana Krsmanovic, members of the 2018-2019 GradProSkills Team.

Nadine Bekkouche is completing a Ph.D. in Education at Concordia, with a focus on the application of educational technology to graduate education. She has a M.Sc. in Medical Psychology from Uniformed Services University, in Maryland, and has published a number of papers and reference texts in the fields of psychology, behavioral research, and health. She is the founder of NBE Education and has extensive experience working with students as an academic editor and coach. She has also consulted with businesses designing educational programs. She uses her expertise in psychology, education and research to help students excel and advance knowledge in their fields.

Bojana Krsmanovic is a doctoral student at the Department of Education. She graduated from the University of Novi Sad (Serbia) with both BA and MA in English Language and Literature. She is a certified ESL/EFL teacher with several years of experience. Having an interest in researching technology integration in language-learning classrooms, she moved to Montreal to pursue her PhD in Educational Technology. She is currently doing research in Maker Culture and implementation of maker practices in education. Her research interests revolve especially around empowerment of girls and women in STEM, as well as equipping at-risk students with relevant 21st century skills for future education, careers, and everyday life through making.

This workshop is not scheduled at this time.


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