Science in Plain English
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Student Activity Center , Room 1.402
Science in Plain English is about honing your ability to discuss your science with someone who isn’t a scientist or a science student, in a non-academic situation. Imagine explaining your work to
- an elderly uncle at a holiday dinner
- someone you meet at a social engagement
- a TV news reporter
- a city council member at a hearing
- a researcher in a non-science field
Think brief, clear, and plain English—i.e., avoiding technical terms.
All you may bring to the competition is your words—no props, no PowerPoint, no audio or video. You'll have three minutes to talk about your research. The judges will stop you promptly at the 3-minute mark.
Judges will score presenters on
- avoidance of jargon or appropriate use and explanation of technical terms
- speaking style (engaging? eye contact? gestures? vocal tics? hurried delivery?)
The decision of the judges is final. Contest winner will be awarded a trip to the 2017 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, February 16-20, in Boston. Contest winner's registration, travel, and accommodations will be paid for, up to a maximum value of $2,500.