Do you have a passion for talking about science? Do you love communicating why you love your work? Are you passionate about exciting young learners about your field? Would you like to improve your public speaking and practice giving a voice to your research?

 You sound like you could be a great Presenter.

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What is a Presenter?

Our Presenters are the heart and soul of Present Your PhD. Without them, our mission of reaching the Waco community would fall short. We have recruited a range of graduate students: senior PhD students, nearing completion of their dissertation, all the way to first years, not even sure of which lab they will join. The uniting factor is their love for talking about their field. After all, we all came to graduate school because we love what we do, right?

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Make Big Impacts

We are so lucky to have awesome collaborations between Presenters and Organizers. In our first year alone, we reached over 1,100 students. The best part? All of our members maxed out at 6 hours per semester in their first semester with us, and then maintained 1-2 hours for subsequent semesters. Each position is just a low time commitment, which aligns with our low-time/high-impact model.

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How does it work?

Call to Arms

An Organizer will reach out when their Collaborator is interested in setting up a presentation.

Narrow Your Focus

Work with the Organizer and Collaborator to determine if a broad or narrow presentation is best for the audience.

Build it

Craft your presentation – either modify our template or get creative! We will work with you to get it just right.

Perfect it

After meeting with the Director of Presenters and ironing out the kinks, send it off to the Collaborator for final touches.

Do the thing!

Get out there and make an impact, connect with the community, change some lives, and have fun! This is what PyPhD is here to do.

Not convinced?

Does it seem like an insurmountable challenge for your research to possibly reach the ears of young learners? Do you think it will just be too complicated?

Let us show you one of our main tools for helping rework that mindset. We have compiled others’ worksheets and our own expertise into a simple document that helps guide your thoughts as you work to translate your work from academia to the classroom:

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What makes it all worth it

Before her volunteer date, Dani communicated her needs and sent us a script of how she planned on capturing peoples’ interests. This was helpful for us to know a little bit more about how she engages guests on the floor, and allowed us to give any feedback if necessary. Dani is always generous to share her “gross whale facts” and our museum guests, both young and old, love it!

Sarah Miller

Portal to the Public Director, Mayborn Museum

We had a wonderful experience with both of our presenters. It was perfect for the age range and fit in well with material that we had covered in class.

Michaela McCown

9-12th Science, Vanguard Prep

I completely respect Ms. (Tori) Neises and her communication in getting the presenters in my classes. We thourally enjoyed each presentation! I would be happy to work with this program again and had no complaints!

Meredith Phillips

7th Science, Rapoport Academy

Andrew did a great job! The presentation was right on target with age-appropriateness and engagement. I loved that the students had a hands-on experience. He handled student questions like a pro!  So glad you have this program as a resource connecting real-life scientists and their research with students.

Morgan Castillo

5th Science, Woodgate Intermediate