Presentation Format

Students can choose which format they want to follow for their presentation: a 2 minute "Elevator Talk", a 5 minute "Data Blitz" or a 10 minute presentation, each followed by 10 minutes for audience feedback and questions. 
 2 minute "Elevator Talk"
The purpose of the "elevator talk" is to explain your research to a hypothetical person with zero background in your area of study in the time it would take for an elevator ride from the Friedman Study Center to the top of the Sciences Library. 
A good article on elevator talks can be found here and useful tips can be found on this site.

 5 minute "Data Blitz"
This format is aimed at those who want to focus on their data or are presenting research projects that are still in the early stages. Presenter should give a very brief background, a hypothesis and brief material and methods and focus instead on (preliminary) data. Use of too much jargon is discouraged. 

10 Minute Presentation
Presenters should plan their remarks for no more than 10 minutes.
Although there is no limit on the number of students who may participate in a single oral presentation, we recommend no more than 2 and that anyone else who participated in the research be listed as a co-author.
If you intend to use PowerPoint or Keynote, we ask that you upload your presentation on a flash drive and bring it with you, along with your laptop.
Some tips for creating an oral research presentation can be found here and here.

Oral presentations should reflect the findings of your research and/or project. 

All presentations should consider the following:

  • Abstract - summarizes all major parts of your project.
  • Introduction - justifies the importance of the topic, issue, or position, and describes the objectives of the project.
  • Method - describes your approach/process, and where applicable and appropriate to discipline includes the design, sample, data collection, procedure, and approach to data analysis.
  • Results - presents the findings or final output (as appropriate).
  • Discussion - discusses the findings and/or final output (in particular, their significance), summarizes, and gives recommendations as appropriate.
  • References - cite and/or list resources as applicable.