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Winter 2023 Speakeasy Challenge

The Speakeasy Challenge is a professional development opportunity for UNB graduate students to gain experience speaking about their research in front of an audience of peers from across disciplines, with diverse expertise.  Maybe you're used to such discussions within a department or specialized group but moving forward in your career, whether courting funders or potential employers, speaking at conferences, assembling diverse teams, or generating public interest in your work, the ability to communicate what your research is about and why it is meaningful to a broader audience is essential.

And it only comes with practice.  The Graduate Student Association and the Harriet Irving Library Research Commons invite you to get a little more practice in with a 15 minute "big picture" presentation on your research in progress. 

Promotional video featuring UNB graduate students Navpreet Kaur and Sahil Mehta:

The format is up to you: PowerPoint, multimedia, unscripted, interactive, singing, dancing - anything goes!

This is intended to be a fun and low-pressure way to learn from one another about all the amazing graduate student research happening at UNB and to receive feedback on how your message translates to non-experts in your field.

Remember: Fortune favours the brave!

Please contact Marc Bragdon at to reserve your place

Sessions are hybrid with the in-person component held in the Innovation Hub of the Harriet Irving Library Research Commons. 

February 10th, 1-2pm

March 3rd, 1-2pm

March 24th 1-2pm