Whether you are writing, giving a presentation, or speaking with a mentor, effective communication is crucial to your success as a graduate student. The UNH Graduate School offers a suite of opportunities for students to improve their communication skills across professional, public, and personal platforms. Find the events and resources that best fit your needs and develop your ability to convey information to a variety of audiences.
Writing Support and Improvement Opportunities
The annual January Term Graduate Writing Retreat offers students a time and place to work on their dissertations, publications, theses and fellowship applications. Multiple community members, including faculty and the Writing Center provide on-site support and resources.
The Graduate School holds regular Thesis and Dissertation Workshops on the rules and process required to format and submit final theses and dissertations. Take a look at the Thesis and Dissertation Manual and check for an upcoming workshop on the Grad School's Events page.
Write-In Sessions aim to help students learn to write more productively. These sessions help students identify writing goals and deadlines and then work towards accomplishing the goals in a supportive writing environment with other graduate students. Keep an eye out for these sessions on the Grad School's Events page.
Presentations and Oral Communication Events
The Three Minute Thesis Competition cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Presenting in a 3MT competition increases their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Competitors are allowed one PowerPoint slide, but no other resources or props.
The Research Communications Academy is a free, annual program that trains faculty members, graduate students, and research-related staff to effectively communicate the power and impact of UNH research and scholarship to broad audiences. Components include workshops on orally communicating scholarly work, grant and proposal writing, media training and more. Space is limited, and the application period is typically mid-fall semester.
The University of New Hampshire Speech-Language-Hearing Center (SLHC) is a premier center that offers a full range of speech, language and communication services to both children and adults. the SLHC also serves as a clinical training program for graduate students in the commuication sciences and disorders program.
The Graduate School offers a three-part series where faculty, current and former graduate students, and academic advisors from the Graduate School talk about good mentoring and how to establish and maintin this relationship. You can find video recordings of these events and all related documents here.
Related Courses and Training
The ability to secure financial support for research and outreach activities is becoming increasingly important. This course is intended for graduate and post-graduate level students who need to write proposals for their graduate work or to gain in-depth understanding of the proposal writing process through class discussions, insights shared by UNH faculty, and by writing a research proposal following the entire process.
This course is designed to enable students to receive information, guidance, and support in applying for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship program (GRFP). Students will become familiar with the NSF, its mission, and the selection criteria for this fellowship. Through independent work and collaborative exercises, students will strengthen writing skills and develop a strong application.
The UNH professional Development & Training website offers a wide variety of opportunities to improve your written and oral communication skills. Use the course search bar to explore what is available! For example, type in "Grant Writing" to see a number of additional training events to help you apply for funding opportunities.