Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Poorvu Center Certificate for Public Communication

Certificate for Public Communication with an illustrated podium and microphones on top of the podium

The Poorvu Public Communication Certificate aims to recognize the commitment and key skills developed by students who actively leverage the resources available to them in the areas of professional oral and written communication, peer-to-peer collaboration, and interdisciplinary networking.   

Currently in its second cycle, the Certificate Program is available to GSAS PhD students who participate in the Spring 3-Minute-Thesis Competition and continue through the preliminary rounds of the competition.  

Requirements for earning the Certificate:

  1. Use at least two resources in each of three themes (list of resources emailed to all participants)
  2. Use the GWL PitchVantage Public Speaking Studio to polish your speech before preliminary rounds
  3. Participate in the 3MT preliminary round by submitting your application and Panopto recording by the deadline
  4. Complete a brief self-reflection form after the preliminaries  

For questions about the Certificate program, please email Julia Istomina, Assistant Director of The Graduate Writing Lab, at julia.istomina@yale.edu