This morning the students delivered compelling presentations about their research in a diverse set of areas that have been highlighted on this blog. They did an excellent job communicating the complexities of their work to an audience made up of technical experts in a range of disciplines. This event truly showcased their talents as researchers and communicators.
Students are gearing up to present their work at a seminar this week and Michelle Paulsen and Byron Stewart Northwestern’s Ready Set Go (RSG) program that trains students in science communication visited Argonne to work with NAISE undergraduate researchers.
Students considered key elements of presentation preparation including knowing your audience, avoiding jargon, and framing the problem. They worked through some improvisations such as explaining to a partner, who posed as a time traveler, how and why to get through airport security. This exercise relates to explaining your research to a non-expert. They considered how to be persuasive as they convinced their cohorts to join them at a favorite lunch spot. And they practiced delivering their presentations one. word. at. a. time. They also received feedback on their upcoming presentations. We’re grateful to RSG for the visit and great insights and looking forward to student presentations this week at Argonne and early September at Northwestern. Students have the opportunity to showcase their valuable contributions and build bridges to collaborations between Argonne and Northwestern.
This summer, 12 Northwestern University undergraduates will contribute to research projects across six Argonne divisions through the Northwestern-Argonne Institute of Science and Engineering (NAISE). Their projects span topics including synthetic biology, machine learning, environmental sensing, energy storage, and materials synthesis and characterization.
Students will use this blog to write about new experimental and modeling techniques they learn, new scientific insights, and their overall experience at Argonne this summer.