Do you want to hone your communication skills? Looking for a reason to help convince your research adviser to let you attend the WE13 Conference this year? Or maybe you need an outlet to showcase your research so you can apply for travel funding? Present your research in our Rapid Fire sessions!
We are proud to to once again host the Rapid Fire sessions at the WE13 Conference in Baltimore, Maryland (October 24-26). This year, the sessions will be recorded and broadcast, as part of the “Lightning Talks” track, for Virtual Conference attendees! Like last year, they will consist of back-to-back five minute presentations by graduate students, focusing on topics from the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges for Engineering.
Here’s what Samantha Knoll, a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, had to say about her Rapid Fire experience at WE12:
“I really enjoyed sharing my research in an applied context. It was a great opportunity to practice presenting technical work to a broader audience. Learning about what my peers are working on in various research areas at other universities was exciting and proved to be a great conversation starter for networking throughout the conference!”
SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT AT THE FORM LINKED HERE by 11:59pm ET on June 15, 2013.
Read on for more info!
The purpose of the Rapid Fire sessions is to offer a venue for graduate students to hone their presentation skills for a general engineering audience, outside of their special technical focus area. Emphasizing the development of effective communication skills in a multi-disciplinary team, this will be a rare opportunity for you to share your work with fellow SWE members, all while considering the broad implications of your research on society. In these sessions, we challenge graduate student researchers to compress their thesis/dissertation research down to a five minute presentation. Audience members and judges from industry, academia, and government will provide friendly and constructive feedback on your presentation style and delivery.
Abstract & Application Guidelines
Before you begin the submission process, we highly encourage you to review the NAE Grand Challenges to frame your abstract around the broader implications and key take-home messages of your work. Visit: www.engineeringchallenges.org/
Please prepare an abstract of no more than 500 words (plain text, no images) and be prepared to indicate which of the NAE Grand Challenges is most applicable to your research. You will also need to supply a 200 word (maximum) response as to why you would like to participate in the WE13 Rapid Fire Sessions. Please think through your responses prior to initiating your application.
Abstract Selection Timeline
Submission Deadline: Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 11:59PM ET
Abstract Review Process: June 16-July 15, 2013
Notifications: by July 31, 2013
We are happy to answer any questions you have! Submit a question in the comments below, or send us an email. Looking forward to reading your abstracts!
The WE13 Rapid Fire Team
Prinda Wanakule, PhD (WE11 Graduate Programming Coordinator)
Katherine Alfredo, PhD (WE12 Graduate Programming Coordinator)
WE13 Graduate Programming Coordinator