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GRAD 550 - STEM Communication

  • 1 credit

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) industries require effective communication to progress and advance. Yet, communication in science differs from other areas of business in the use of highly technical language and complex scientific concepts. STEM communications must be made understandable in multilevel environments for both oral delivery and written expression.
Through this course, you will work directly with experts in science communication to build and refine critical professional skills to improve your communication in the workplace, including interactive feedback on projects and coursework. Gain professional skills such as:
• writing proposals,
• composing and writing presentations,
• adapting content to varied audiences and contexts,
• utilizing personal branding techniques, and
• using structural features of writing and public speaking to connect with other professionals.
Courses are designed to improve communication skills for engineers and science professionals.
You will learn to:
• Identify audience and context for more effective communication.
• Summarize content and respond in discussion forums and other methods.
• Write personal statements and proposals for improved self-branding techniques.
• Write and present posters for STEM professional settings.
• Prepare and give oral presentations.
• Present informal talks to various professional audiences.
• Leverage different forms of communication to further develop your professional voice.


Graduate standing.

Important Information

A noncredit version of this course is also available.For more information, please visit the EGBB 3080 course page.

Textbooks and Materials

All materials are supplied within the online course.


Stuart A. Tobet
Stuart A. Tobet

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Stuart A. Tobet, Ph.D., is a professor of biomedical sciences and biomedical engineering at Colorado State University and currently serves as the director of the CSU School of Biomedical Engineering. Tobet obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Applied Biological Sciences at MIT (1985) and postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School. He became Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School in 1989, was a visiting instructor at the University of Hawaii Medical School in 1989, and Associate Professor of Physiology at UMASS Medical School in 2000. He joined the Department of Biomedical Sciences at CSU in 2003. Tobet began several transdisciplinary projects that brought together faculty in biomedical sciences with those in engineering, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science leading to his appointment as Director of the School of Biomedical Engineering in 2010. At CSU Dr. Tobet has directed courses in developmental neurobiology, biomedical entrepreneurship, grant writing, and STEM communication. Tobet has co-authored over 135 refereed journal articles and more than 10 book chapters or monographs. He is currently on the editorial board of three journals and a senior editor for one of them. His research interests currently include the utilization of microfluidics, electrochemistry, and lab-on-a-chip technologies in the context of key biological questions for barrier tissues in the body.

Laurel Bond

English can be an amazing asset and tool in the world of academia, but it can also create barriers to getting important research from other perspectives and backgrounds out to the world, so I am committed to teaching English (to native and nonnative speakers) to the best of my ability, breaking down barriers one paper and presentation at a time!
I am an instructor at PLACE, Colorado State University. I have earned degrees in English, Spanish, and TESL/TEFL at CSU and an education degree from Western State University. I have taught GRAD550 Science Writing, GRAD580 Academic Literacies for Graduate Students, and composition and honors writing at CSU. I specialize in applied linguistics for English language learners (ELLs) from all over the world.
I am passionate about using corpus linguistics to address the needs of English language learners in STEM and work closely with professors on campus who share my interests. I have helped numerous students publish their research and have sat on various thesis committees. My work has also focused on the use of metaphor in teaching and the advancement of knowledge. I have presented on the international and state levels at TESOL and CoTESOL.
In addition, I am interested in access to education at every level, having taught in middle schools, high schools, adult education and the university since 2002. One of my favorite projects was the development of an English course for parents of public school ELLs to empower them through language instruction to take on protective parental roles in their families in banks, grocery stores, schools, etc., not relying on their children for translation.