Thomas Jefferson University

Science Outreach & Communication Initiative

The Graduate Student Association believes it can provide a great service to the JCLS community by establishing programming devoted to developing science communication skills and motivating a passion for science outreach. The research conducted by JCLS students is both important and exciting. Our work may profoundly influence the lives of our friends and families, as well as policy makers, school-age youth, taxpayers, future employers, and other constituencies. However, in an effort to become disciplined in communicating with our peers, we can often become caught up in jargon, subsequently losing the capacity to share our exciting research with the general public and even those outside of our chosen fields. As scientists, we have a responsibility to communicate our work in a way that ensures our audience can understand the research we do, elaborates its benefits and important contributions to the growing body of scientific knowledge, and ultimately advocates for its support. The ability to elaborate new and complex developments – whether person to person or through platforms across the new media landscape (social, podcasts, etc.) – is a skill that must be actively cultivated and refined.

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Science Communication Event Materials


3-Minute Thesis Competition

PhD and Masters students around the world work for years on their thesis project which they defend to their thesis committee before they can earn their degree. However, this thesis is by design only understandable to people in a student’s direct field. The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an international competition that aims to challenge students to present their research thesis in three minutes to a non-specialized audience. The GSA 3MT Competition will consist a PhD and Masters division. There will be 5  be non-specialized judges and cash prizes for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd prize winners for each division. By participating in the 3MT, students will cultivate desirable communication skills critical for scientific presentations, writing papers/grants/articles, and future job opportunities. There will also be time set aside for students to rehearse in front of peers (GSA sponsored PCRs).

Science Communication: Maiken’s Scott the Answers


Science Communication & Outreach Opportunities


Let us know if you do any science communication and outreach.

We love hearing what JCLS students are up to.
gsa@jefferson.edu