Scholarship on a Stick

Over time, students become more and more familiar with reading scholarly sources, particularly in their majors. While learning to read closely and critically is a valuable skill, so is being able to clarify concepts and extract main points and the real-world value of research.

Have students take a piece of research and, in groups, write a press release about it. To do this, ask them to

  • find the main point of the research: what question does it ask?
  • make sure they can express that point in language non-specialists will understand
  • explain what the researchers found
  • explain why that finding matters
  • compose a pitch – tell a story about the research so compelling that it might interest a reporter. Check to ensure the pitch avoids overstating or misleading the pubic about the conclusions one can draw as a result of the research.