Guidelines and Responsibilities for Oral Presentations
Presenters are to:
- Identify their faculty advisor.
- Submit a complete application (including the Abstract) by the deadline: 12:00 (midnight) Friday March 1st, 2013.
- Prepare the oral presentation and accompanying PowerPoint.
- Be present for entire scheduled length of their presentation session.
- Limit the length of their presentation to 12 minutes with a 2 minute question and answer period. This will be strictly enforced by moderators.
- Have their completed PowerPoint presentation submitted to the GradExpo no later than Midnight the 25th of March 2013.
- All PowerPoints must be PC compatible that is able to display correctly on a PC. Information regarding making PowerPoint presentations PC compatible may be found here. Hints: Save all PowerPoints as *.ppt not *.pptx and embed all images as JPEGS. Test your PowerPoint on a PC before you submit it.
- PowerPoints of less than 22MB may be emailed as an attachment to UMaineGradExpoSubmit@gmail.com, PowerPoints larger than 22MB must be placed on a DVD and in the GSG offices no later than 4:00 p.m. Monday, March 25th.
The faculty sponsors should verify that the proposed project:
- Qualifies as research as defined by the faculty sponsor’s discipline.
- Could be ready for presentation at the GradExpo.
- Has followed the appropriate ethical guidelines.
- Provide guidance to their student(s) about presenting a project. This would include feedback and recommendations about:
- The written abstract
- The oral presentation – including length and content
- The PowerPoint presentation
- Has a well written abstract prior to submission as it will appear in the Program Proceedings.
Suggested links to preparing an oral presentation include:
- Giving an Oral Presentation an Oral Presentation (University of Canberra)
- A very good presentation in PDF format by Professor Edwards (University of Michigan)
- Effective Presentations for Chemists and Other Scientists (Lab Manager Magazine)
- Preparing Effective Oral Presentations (University of Kansas)
- Informative Speaking (Colorado State)
- Dos & Don’ts of Giving a Good 15 Minute Talk (Australian University)
- The Art of Communicating Effectively
- Impromptu Talks: Addressing a nonscientific audience (NC State)
- Ten Secrets to Giving a Good Scientific Talk
- Oral Presentations (Rice University)
- Dazzle ‘em with Style: The Art of Oral Scientific Presentation (Ohio State)
- How to Give a Bad Talk- Oral Presentation Advice (UC Berkeley)
- How Not To Give a Scientific Talk (York University)
- Dealing with Presentation Disasters (Strategic Communications)
Suggested Links for your PowerPoint include:
- Oral Presentations and Writing for PowerPoint (George Mason University)
- Advice for Preparing and Delivering Research Slide Shows (Swarthmore)
- Learning from Bill Gates vs. Steve Jobs (Presentation Zen)
- Life After Death by PowerPoint (Funny video clip: How NOT to do PowerPoint)
- 14 Tips for Better Presentation Slides (Viget Labs)
- PowerPoint Is Evil (Edward Tufte in Wired Magazine)
- PowerPoint Does Rocket Science–and Better Techniques for Technical Reports (Edward Tufte)
Tips for Paper Presentation:
- Use your paper as the guide or outline for your talk.
- Use your PowerPoint as the guide or outline as you talk
- Provide , as in your paper, the following:
- Introduction – key points,
- Body – helps the audience understand the importance of your results; and
- Conclusion – a summary of your key points.
- Practice – a lot.
- Minimize the number of graphics
- Simplify your PowerPoint. It is not a data dump – use to highlight – not to give your presentation for you!
- Write out your talk
- Use your script as a guide; don’t read —-talk!
- Practice, Practice, Practice – out loud, with family, friends, colleagues, in front of an audience
- Time your talk to make sure you stay within the allotted time
- Did we mention practicing?
If you have additional questions, please contact Charles Rodda, Expo Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org.