Developing the ability to communicate in professional settings is an important skill. Often a researcher has only 30-seconds or a minute to explain a complex research topic to another scholar. In the IRLC students are asked to develop a short presentation–an elevator speech–aimed at describing their research to someone familiar with their field.
Lisa Clark is a Junior and a Political Science major working on understanding the social dynamics that promote, or undermine, bipartisanship in Congress. In this clip she explains her research.
Miguel Velazquez is a Senior and a Nursing student. His research centers on feelings of self-efficacy among Nursing students. In his short speech he describes why self-efficacy is important.