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Why Participate?

Austin Coley presenting poster

Sarah Gleeson HeadshotName: Sarah Gleeson
Program: Ph.D.
Year: 5th 
Department: Materials Science and Engineering

"It definitely helped with public speaking – presenting to people outside my field meant that I had to think about how to be concise and engaging!"

"I met students and professors from outside of my field, as sessions are blends of very different topics."

"This was a great experience! Most conferences I’ve attended have been very technical, and working on my DEGS presentation forced me to think about my research differently."

Asia Sarycheva HeadshotName: Asia Sarycheva 
Program: Ph.D.
Year: 3rd  
Department: Materials Science and Engineering

"This opportunity gave me a lot of experience and confidence, as well as taught me how to explain research to people outside of my field for people with various backgrounds. It is surprisingly hard to fit your speech within 3 minutes- it is too long for a couple of sentences revealing the surface of your expertise but too short for detailed discussion about one’s research. It taught me how to deliver my thoughts clearly and keep the audience engaged. Another aspect that I gained is overcoming the fear of public speaking, which is affecting a lot of graduate students in STEM. This competition gave me confidence and really improved my professional communication skills."

"I met a lot of people from different departments. This event truly unites Drexel as a whole enabling communication between students not only from different departments, but different campuses."

"During the preparation some of the participants from last year (2017) as well as the DEGS team were guiding us through the process and offered tutorials and workshops. We had to practice a lot with other participants which was a bonding and rewarding experience. I enjoyed it a lot and will help it happen again next year!"