ComSciCon-Virginia Tech Spring 2020 Application
Join us on February 27 and 28, 2020 for ComSciCon (communicating science conference) in the Graduate Life Center. Our kickoff event takes place on the evening of February 27, with a full day of workshops and panels on February 28. Eighty (80) applicants will be accepted to participate in the conference, sponsored by the Center for Communicating Science and the Communicating Science Club.
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A friend who is a professional in a very different field than yours is interested in your studies. They have asked what the most exciting research area, event, or other development is in your field today. Please write a response in which you describe the research and why it is important (250 words maximum). *
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Why do you want to attend ComSciCon-VT? How would attending help or influence your studies and your future career? (250 words maximum) *
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Event Attendance
The keynote/kickoff takes place on the evening of Thursday, February 27 in Fralin Atrium and Auditorium. The full conference begins the following day, Friday, February 28th. We may be able to accommodate applicants who can only attend half a day.
Will you attend the keynote/kickoff event on Thursday, February 27 at 7:00 PM in Fralin Auditorium? *
Will you be able to attend the entire conference on Friday, February 28th? *
Morning Sessions (9:45-11:45 AM)
For the morning, you can choose between three workshops you would like to attend should you be accepted to the conference. The table below provides an overview of the workshops you can choose from. For a screen reader friendly version, please email Stephanie Edwards Compton at sedwrds3@vt.edu.


Your Research in a Nutshell: Learn to distill your research into a 90-second summarized talk that is accessible to non-scientific audiences. This interactive workshop will involve games, practice techniques, and feedback to help boil their research down to the nutshell. By the end of the workshop, you will have created and practiced a description of your research perfect to share with a grant reviewer, future employer, fellow graduate student, or even your best friend’s mom.

Accessibility in STEAM Communication: This hands-on workshop will guide you to make your STEAM communication more accessible. Explore yourself, your field, and your general audience to learn step by step, tangible ways to communicate with all audiences!

Disseminating Your Research through Social Media and Beyond: The panelists will give advice and strategies for where and how to disseminate scientific findings to the general public. There will be an emphasis on framing your research for social media, as well as tips for presenting it - and yourself - to the media.
Please rank the workshops according to which you'd most like to attend.
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Your Research in a Nutshell
Accessibility in STEAM Communication
Disseminating Research to Social Media and Beyond
Afternoon Sessions (1:15-3:30 PM)
For the afternoon, you can choose between three (3) tracks you would like to attend should you be accepted to the conference. The table below provides an overview of the tracks you can choose for the afternoon. For a screen reader friendly version, please email Stephanie Edwards Compton at sedwrds3@vt.edu.


Communicating Science Through the Arts: Have you thought about using poetry to communicate your research? What about photography? During this workshop, participants will learn about what motivated our workshop speakers to pursue careers in science communication using art as their communication medium. Participants will work in small groups with our speakers to learn how to translate their research into art.

Write-a-Thon: Finding the Story in Your Science: How do scientists craft the stories that appear in publications like American Scientist and Discover magazine? First, they have to find the “story” of their research, a method that enables non-experts to more easily understand the scientific method and process. Our workshop leader will guide you in storyboarding your own research to create a narrative you can develop into a science story.

Communicating Science Through Policy and Advocacy: A Panel Discussion: Do you ever wonder how you can be involved in translating your basic science research to something relevant to the public? In this interactive session, you’ll get a chance to hear from an expert panel about skills needed and opportunities available to connect your research to policy and advocacy work
Please rank the tracks according to which you'd most like to attend.
First Choice
Second Choice
Third Choice
Communicating Science Through the Arts
Write-a-Thon: Finding the Story in Your Science
Communicating Science Through Policy and Advocacy: A Panel Discussion
For meals that will be provided, do you have any dietary requirements?
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