Sara Gushgari-Doyle of the Chakraborty Lab was selected as a finalist in the Berkeley Lab “Early Career Scientist Research SLAM.” She was selected as one of 12 finalists from a field of 44 submissions to go head-to-head in a “3-minute-describe-your-work-in-layman-terms” challenge that Berkeley Lab has hosted for the past 3 years. Finalists receive coaching via “Making the Most of Your Presentation” workshop and a unique opportunity for one-on-one coaching from a globally renowned speaker, Jean-Luc Coumont of Principiae. Finalists will compete on September 17 at 3pm for a chance to win a $3,000 first prize! You can read more at https://slam.lbl.gov
She shares her experience to encourage other team members to participate!
How did you initially hear about the SLAM?
I heard about SLAM in one of my postdoc orientation sessions.
When did you decide to submit an entry, and what did that entail?
I decided to enter when I first heard about the SLAM. I recorded a 3 minute video using the Zoom app on my computer (thanks to remote work due to COVID-19, I’m very well-versed in Zoom functions now). I wrote and recorded a 3 minute talk about my work in microbial isolation strategies informed by computational analysis, including motivation of why everyone should care about microbes in the first place!
What are you most excited for in this experience?
I am thrilled to get a chance to have one-on-one coaching with Jean-Luc. I have never gotten professional public speaking coaching – I think it will be a really worthwhile experience.