Professional Development

The Knight Campus is dedicated to developing a robust menu of professional development opportunities for faculty and students in the sciences. We will launch this initiative with a program for graduate students in STEM fields starting in fall 2017. Two of the workshops are well into the planning stages and we encourage interested students to send an email to to be placed on an email list that will provide updates and information about the offerings.

Student Workshops

An Introduction to Innovation

Lead Faculty: Andrew Nelson, Professor, Lundquist College of Business and Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Dates: Part 1: Wednesday, December 6  •  6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  |  Part 2: Thursday, December 7  •  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: EMU Crater Lake North

This all-day workshop explores how promising ideas can be transformed into widespread innovations. Through a series of engaging mini-lectures and hands-on exercises geared especially towards science PhD students, participants will learn:

  • Key innovation and business concepts and vocabulary
  • The difference between “technology push” and “market pull” ideas
  • How to define a “value proposition”
  • The key steps to building a product and a company

Participants will develop approaches and learn about additional resources they can use to:

  1. Assess and communicate the commercial value of their research
  2. Evaluate ideas through an applied lens
  3. Enhance the impact of their research

Future Knight Campus innovation/entrepreneurship workshops and seminars will cover topics including intellectual property, raising money, and building a team.


The Science Story: Basic skills and techniques for communicating your research

Lead Faculty: Mark Blaine, Senior Instructor, School of Journalism and Communication
Date: October 30 and November 6  •  6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This two-part workshop explores the basics of effectively communicating science to a wide range of audiences, and it is intended to benefit students in the sciences and established researchers. Key skills that we will address are basics of visual communication, simple narrative structures, and application of narrative to a variety of media platforms — from in-person presentation to social media. Particular emphasis will be on integrating storytelling into presentations and how those can be a platform for further communication.