Relating Your Research: Making STEM Work Meaningful to Multiple Audiences Winter 2024

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Interested in continuing in academia, working in a research lab, or operating within a highly technical field after Williams? Such roles require people to make their work meaningful to a multitude of audiences: from non-profit and government organizations, to the public, to wealthy individuals looking to change the world. This course focuses on how the field of rhetoric conceives of those audiences and how you can approach them. Through this course, students will identify a topic of interest, investigate potential audiences to appeal to, and develop proposals tailored to those audiences. We will meet for six hours each week, during which we will discuss theoretical approaches to audiences alongside real-world examples within STEM, develop practices for investigating audiences of your work, and workshop different ways of approaching audiences. Work outside of class will involve reading journal articles and book chapters for class discussion, three short writing assignments identifying the topic and analyzing the audiences of your project, and a culminating statement of purpose or project proposal that targets those audiences.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 15
Expected: NA
Class#: 1300
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Paper(s) or report(s)
Prerequisites: Successful completion of one Division III course.
Enrollment Preferences: If oversubscribed, preference will be given to second and third year students with majors in Division III.
Unit Notes: Nick Hanford is the Director of Quantitative Skills Programs at Williams College. He has spent almost ten years in student success and learning support and holds a doctorate in communication and rhetoric from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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