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Craft Your STEM Elevator Pitch



Craft Your STEM Elevator Pitch

Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 10:00 AM - Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 12:00 PM EDT


Presented By

Science Alliance



Scientists in all fields need to be able to introduce themselves and their work clearly and succinctly to non-specialists. We use this skill in a range of contexts – from interviews with the media to meetings with policymakers and even social events. This workshop will take place in two two-hour sessions.

Part 1: Understanding your Audience

March 3, 2021: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

You will come prepared with a 30-60 second elevator pitch about your research intended for people outside your field. As a group, we will “test” the pitches of one or two people before splitting into two breakout groups to provide individual feedback on each pitch and giving participants the opportunity to rework their pitches.


  1. Craft an elevator pitch to connect with your audience
  2. Engage in peer-to-peer learning
  3. Learn how to advocate for one’s work and build a larger network

Home Work: Test your newly created elevator pitch with a range of audiences. Examples might include your colleagues in your lab, a high school student, your family, your department admin, a date etc.

Part 2: Assess your Elevator Pitch

March 24, 2021: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

After trying out your pitch with various audiences, make observations and revise your pitch accordingly. In the second workshop, you will come back together, pitch the group again, and reflect together about how and why you changed your elevator pitch.


  1. Build an understanding of the elements of your pitch that are broadly applicable
  2. Build a working understanding of how to vary your introduction for different audiences
  3. Identify the audiences you feel most confident with.


Nonmember Student, Undergrad, Grad, Fellow
Member Student, Post-Doc, Fellow


Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein
Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein, Ph.D.


Joanna Laursen Brucker
Joanna Laursen Brucker