Research Experience for Undergradutes
Presenting in the Sciences
The more prepared you are to present the more comfortable and organized you will be, so practice practice practice!
Know your topic
Make sure you are comfortable with the topic and can speak with authority.
Know your audience
Tailor your presentation based on the knowledge-level and interests of the audience.
Dress nicely, show-up on time, be courteous.
From The Lowell, Practice Makes Perfect: Overcoming my fear of public speaking
Show up on time, do not be demeaning, and never argue with an audience member.
Prepare your audience
Provide an outline on what you plan on presenting.
Ensure that each slide has at least one visual and explain why you are using that visual.
Don't let the audience think you're bored by your own research.
Engage the audience
Have the audience ask questions, provide comments, and offer solutions.
Reflect and evaluate
Did people have questions? Were they falling asleep? Always try and improve.
Use text sparingly
Avoid small or fancy fonts. Keep text at a minimum. Use visuals instead of text when possible.
Don't read your notes
Good speakers can speak about their topic without reading from a paper (practice!). Reading also prevents you from making eye contact.
This adds support to your research and presentation.
Adapted from https://libguides.tulane.edu/presentingscience