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Speed Geeking, Or How I Learned to Love Talking about My Research Interests outside My Discipline

Are you building an academic or professional network? Do you find yourself at conferences and not quite prepared to talk about yourself and your research? Come get some practice with us at Speed Geeking!

By “Speed Geeking” we mean that we’re challenging you to practice talking about your research interests to different audiences—each other! The format is like speed dating where participants rotating around the room and talking to different people, but you’ll be focusing on why you’re here in graduate school and the things you’re working on. This is an important skill to develop for a number of scenarios in which networking will be important to you: conferences, job hunting, explaining to your aunt and uncle what it is that is consuming your life at the University of Maryland. Another way to think of this exercise is as an extended “elevator pitch,” the idea of explaining your research to someone quickly and concisely during an elevator ride.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if you're interested in attending but can't make either scheduled session: lib-rc@umd.edu

Visit https://go.umd.edu/cq to see our full schedule!


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
2:30pm - 4:30pm
McK 4123
  Graduate Students  
Registration has closed.

Event Organizer

Abbey Morgan