Senior Research Symposium
College of Arts and Sciences - Senior Week
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ORAL PRESENTATIONS
Each speaker will be limited to 15 minutes. Please limit the presentation to 12 minutes and allow 3 minutes for questions. The chairperson of the session will indicate when 10 minutes have passed. You should begin to conclude at that time. Another signal will be given when 12 minutes have elapsed. Finally, when 15 minutes have passed, the speaker will be asked to stop.
In answering questions, try to be concise and answer the questions directly. Avoid long explanations. If you do not understand the question, feel free to ask the questioner for clarification.
An overhead projector, LCD projector, and laptop will be provided.
You should be present at least 30 minutes before the start of your session. You should introduce yourself to the session moderator and also report to the projectionist and indicate what kinds of audiovisual aids you will be using. This should be done before the session begins.
EVALUATION CRITERIA FOR ORAL PRESENTATIONS AND POSTERS
- Background Information and Reasons for Doing the Work [Literature Review] (25%)
At the beginning of the presentation, briefly summarize past research/work on the topic and explain its relationship to the present work. References should be relevant. Include a description of how, when and why the work was done and summarize results.
- Visual Aids (15%)
Visual aids for oral presentations may be overhead transparencies, PowerPoint presentations or slides. For posters, visual aids may consist of data tables, graphs and/or photographs. They will be judged on both quality and content. List of sources must be included for both oral and poster presentations, using documentation of discipline.
- Description of Work [Methodology] (40%)
Present precise, but concise descriptions of the procedures used to collect data.
- Summary and Conclusions [Research Findings] (10%)
Briefly summarize the data presented and draw logical conclusions.
- Response to Questions (0 to 10%)
Answers should convey the student's grasp of the subject matter.
- Presentation Skills (10%)
Your presentation should flow smoothly and engage the audience appropriately. Quality of oral presentation (clarity of speech, appropriate eye contact with audience, voice projection, organization of the narrative) will also be judged.