"To my fellow graduate students, I say 'Take on the 3MT challenge!', you will be surprised at how much you will push yourself and evolve your ability to get others excited about your science!"

- Anikka Swaby, MSc student in the School of Human Nutrition

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"Participating in the 3MT Lister Family Initiative has considerably impacted my academic, professional, and personal life. I think it was one of the best decisions I have ever taken throughout my student life."

- Jacob Liberty, PhD candidate in Bioresource Engineering

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"The experience empowered me to speak about my research in a compelling and powerful story suitable for an audience of all backgrounds and ages."

- Morgan Crowley, PhD candidate in Natural Resource Sciences

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"Their collaborative, personalized approach really helps in bringing out the best in you. I personally encourage anyone in the academic domain, undergraduate, graduate or even post-doctoral, to try their classes. I certainly did not regret it."

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Lister Family Engaged Science Initiative

Making science accessible

Since 2016, the generous gift of the late E. Edward, BSc(Agr)'55, MSc'57 and his wife, Teresa, has supported over 50 workshops and events offering dynamic science communication training. To date, the program has taught more than 240 Macdonald Campus students and researchers to make their science accessible by honing their content, physical presence, visuals and voice to effectively engage a variety of audiences. Thanks to this continued generous contribution, the program will deepen its impact by collaborating with McGill's SKILLSETS team to bring graduate student peer instruction and coaching to an innovative suite of learning experiences improving the science presentation skills of Macdonald Campus students.

For more information about workshops or other events, please contact lister.macdonald [at] mcgill.ca.

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Congratulations to all the competitors and award winners of the 2022 Lister Family Engaged Science 3-Minute Thesis Competitors!

On Wednesday November 30th, 2022 @ 4pm, 13 passionate and determined Macdonald Campus graduate students presented their thesis in 3 minutes. With only one non-animated slide for visual support, each competitor took the audience through the complex steps of their research and the impact their work will have. Over 70 people attended the event both in-person and online and engaged in an incredible, in-depth Q&A session with the competitors, while our astute panel of judges took on the challenging task of identifying the most outstanding presentations among the 13 memorable presentations that were given that afternoon. We want to thank all the competitors for putting themselves out there and participating.  To learn more, visit the Lister Family Engaged Science 3-Minute Thesis Competition page. 


Workshops

A variety of workshops are hosted by the OSAS team throughout the year, and others can be scheduled lister.macdonald [at] mcgill.ca (upon request).

Imposter Syndrome and Anxiety

Imposter Syndrome Quick Tips logoAnxious about presenting? Feeling the weight of imposter syndrome when in front of an audience. Come join us. This Quick Tips workshops is a 45-minute session designed to help people work through their anxieties about presenting.  We'll talk tips about managing anxiety, what to do with your hands, and making you feel more comfortable about presenting.

An additional 15-minute open Q&A at the end allows participants to ask questions to Presentation Skills Director: Dr. Andrew Churchill. 

The workshops are hosted both in-person. Advanced registration is required.

Winter 2023 semester:

  • Friday January 13 @ 1:00pm (in-person)

  • Tuesday February 14 @ 12:30pm (in-person)


Powerpoint 404 : Taking your presentation to the next level

Powerpoint 404 Quick Tips logoFeeling like your powerpoints are not helping you communicate your research? Do you have visuals in mind that you are struggling to create?This Quick Tips workshops is a 45-minute session designed to help you get more acquainted with the multiple tools present in powerpoint and to help you bring your vision to life. 

An additional 15-minute open Q&A at the end allows participants to ask questions to Presentation Skills Director: Dr. Andrew Churchill.

The workshops are hosted in-person. Advanced registration is required.

Winter 2023 semester:

  • Thursday January 26 @ 12:00pm (in-person)


McGill University Co-Curricular Record Approved logo

As a McGill student, your participation in this workshop will be automatically recognized on your co-curricular record (CCR)! Having your co-curricular activities listed in one document can help you revise your CV or cover letter, prepare for interviews, and explore career options. To learn more, please visit McGill myInvolvement.

 

Effective Presenting 101 Series

Effective Presenting 101 Series logoThe Effective Presenting 101 Series takes you through each of the basic steps needed to present effectively: honing content and creating trajectory, designing effective visuals, and developing a dynamic presence. Together these skills combine to increase the comprehension, credibility and connection needed to maximize your impact when presenting.

The first workshop, Content Development, helps you understand how a framework to interrogate audience and purpose can help refine content so that is accessible, interesting, and strategic. Additionally, you will learn detailed hook strategies and sequencing strategies for everything from a 3-minute to a 1-hour long presentation.

The second workshop, Effective Visuals, explores how to use PowerPoint and other technology to effectively supplement your talk, without interfering with people’s experience of listening to you. Sample slides for everything from methodology overviews, to results, to effective hooks will be shared to give you ideas about how to effectively develop visuals for your next presentation.

The third workshop, Delivery Strategies, focuses on understanding how to develop a dynamic presence using body language and voice. You will learn to appear confident and credible to your audience, while increasing engagement and clarity.

These 45-minute workshops can be taken independently or as a series, depending on your needs and presentation goals. There will be an additional 15-minute Q&A at the end of the workshop for people to ask their questions. 

The workshops are hosted in-person. Advanced registration is required.

Winter 2023 semester:

Content Development

  • Thursday January 26 @ 1:00pm (in-person)
  • Tuesday January 31 @ 12:30pm (in-person) 

Effective Visuals

  • Tuesday January 31 @ 11:00 am (in-person)
  • Tuesday February 7 @ 12:30 pm (in-person)

Delivery Strategies

  • Tuesday February 7 @ 11:00 am (in-person)
  • Tuesday February 14 @ 12:30 pm (in-person)

 


McGill University Co-Curricular Record Approved logoAs a McGill student, your participation in this workshop will be automatically recognized on your co-curricular record (CCR)! Having your co-curricular activities listed in one document can help you revise your CV or cover letter, prepare for interviews, and explore career options. To learn more, please visit McGill myInvolvement.

In-Class Workshops

In-class Workshops logoHost a science communication workshop in your classroom! We offer workshops specially designed for your course and the needs of your students. Whether it is to prepare your students for a specific assignment or help them become better science communicators, we can help! For more information about in-class workshops, please email us at lister.macdonald [at] mcgill.ca.

"The students really appreciated the session and I noticed them using some of the techniques in their final presentations. I would be happy to have it in my course again next year.” - Dr. Maureen Rose, Department of Human Nutrition

Pitch Training

Pitch Training logoPitch Training begins with a focus on developing the effective content needed in emerging competitive arenas such as the 3-Minute Thesis Competition, grant funding, entrepreneurship, and business development competitions. Typically, a three or four session sequence is ideal.

For more information on how to schedule a pitch training session, please email us at lister.macdonald [at] mcgill.ca.

Coaching

Coaching logoCoaching is done in groups of four or fewer and focuses on the final stages of presentation preparation and involves targeted specific feedback for each individual.

For more information on how to schedule a coaching session, please email us at lister.macdonald [at] mcgill.ca.

Conference Prep

Conference Preparation logoPresenting at a conference sometime next spring? It’s not too early to start preparing! The Lister Engaged Science Initiative will be sponsoring a series of group workshops and coaching sessions with our trained team to help you prepare. For more information on how to schedule a session, please email us at lister.macdonald [at] mcgill.ca.

Event Preparation logoEvent Preparation

Event preparation is customized to the needs of the event organizer(s) with a focus on helping speakers understand the audience and purpose of the event and then translating that information to participants in a manner that helps them succeed in achieving these goals.

For more information, please email us at lister.macdonald [at] mcgill.ca

Annual Events

USRA Poster Presentations - Fall 2022

USRA poster presentations logoThe original LFESI event, the USRA Poster Presentations has been running since 2017. The event features 25 summer research interns displaying the results of their three-month long work with a Mac campus professor. During the summer before this capstone event, there is a series of workshops designed to help the interns understand how to effectively develop and present a scientific research poster.

 

Lister Family Engaged Science 3-Minute Thesis Competition - Fall 2022

Lister Family Engaged Science 3-Minute Thesis logoSince 2017, the LFESI and SKILLSETS have combined efforts to support the Lister Family Engaged Science 3-Minute Thesis Competition. This event, along with its pre-training program, is focused on helping graduate students learn how to communicate their science in a compelling, accessible manner to a general audience.

A series of 1-hour workshops and coaching sessions will be offered to competitors throughout October and November. The purpose of these workshops is to help competitors develop their talks working alongside each other with professional coaching from the Lister Presentation Training Director and past successful competitors. In addition to the workshops, individual practice sessions will be scheduled in the two weeks prior to the event.

Register now for the first workshop!

Workshop #1Initial Content Development & Registration for the 2022 Competition   

  • Tuesday October 18 @ 1:30pm (in-person)
  • Wednesday October 19 @ 5:00pm (online)
  • Monday October 24 @ 1:00pm (online)

Workshop #2: Slide Development  

  • Tuesday October 25 @ 1:30pm (in-person)
  • Tuesday October 25 @ 4:30pm (online)

Workshop #3Presenting and Delivery  

  • Tuesday November 1 @ 1:30pm (in-person)
  • Tuesday November 1 @ 1:30pm (online)

 


McGill University Co-Curricular Record Approved logoAs a McGill student, your participation in this event will be automatically recognized on your co-curricular record (CCR)! Having your co-curricular activities listed in one document can help you revise your CV or cover letter, prepare for interviews, and explore career options. To learn more, please visit McGill myInvolvement.

NEW! John Abbott Sustainability Through Science Symposium - Winter 2023

Sustainability Through Science Symposium logoHeld in partnership with the John Abbott College Science Department,The Sustainability Through Science Symposium features Macdonald Campus graduate students giving an engaging 12-15 minute talk about how their research contributes to our understanding of how to create a more sustainable future.

The talks will be followed by a panel discussion with the presenters and end with a Q&A period.

UPCOMING EVENT:
More details will be available shortly.


McGill University Co-Curricular Record Approved logoAs a McGill student, your participation in this event will be automatically recognized on your co-curricular record (CCR)! Having your co-curricular activities listed in one document can help you revise your CV or cover letter, prepare for interviews, and explore career options. To learn more, please visit McGill myInvolvement.

Lister Science Chats - Spring 2023

Lister Science Chats logoIn collaboration with Let's Talk Science at McGill University and the Lister Family Engaged Science Initiative, the Lister Science Chats connect members of the community through live science talks with researchers from the McGill Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. These chats feature Macdonald Campus graduate students giving an engaging 10-minute talk on their research and conclude with a Q&A period.  

UPCOMING EVENTS:

More details will be available shortly.

 

An article on the April 2020 series has been published in the Focus on Macdonald May 2020 Issue: "Macdonald Campus Graduate Students Transcend the Boundaries of Social Distancing Through the Lister Science Chats!"


McGill University Co-Curricular Record Approved logoAs a McGill student, your participation in this event will be automatically recognized on your co-curricular record (CCR)! Having your co-curricular activities listed in one document can help you revise your CV or cover letter, prepare for interviews, and explore career options. To learn more, please visit McGill myInvolvement.

 

 

Past Events

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For a complete list of past events provided by the Lister Family Engaged Science Initiative, please click here.

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