February 8, 2013
Graduate Research Symposium offers new presentation opportunity
Developmental presentation, or DEV PRES, is a new presentation opportunity for graduate students to present their research and receive feedback without the added pressures of a grade or broader professional consequences.
Since DEV PRES serves as an opportunity to improve presentation skills, presenters will not be eligible for awards given during the Graduate Research Symposium. Students who apply to make a DEV PRES will be asked to meet the following requirements:
• Make a 10-12 minute presentation on their work.
• Answer questions about their work for one to five minutes.
An LCD projector and computer will be available, but not required. Attendees such as other presenters, graduate students and faculty will be asked to provide feedback via a standardized rubric. All feedback collected at the end of each session is private and confidential.
“We want to train our students to become excellent public speakers because communication skills is a valuable asset for researchers,” said Scott Bates, associate vice president for undergraduate and graduate research. “The ability to communicate your research findings to the public is as important as doing research.”
Students will be provided with the following within a few days of presenting:
• A video recording of their presentation for their review and use. Videos will not be edited, nor publicly archived.
• Rubric-based feedback from multiple sources, that includes open-ended comments as well as evaluation scores on presentation style, presentation content and slides review.
Submissions for USU’s Graduate Research Symposium are now open. The symposium, which will take place during Research Week on April 12, will include a poster session, oral presentations and training workshops. The deadline for submissions is March 1. The event provides opportunities for graduate students to develop their professional presentation skills and support the success in graduate school and beyond.
Utah State University’s ninth annual Research Week, to be held Apr. 8-12, will feature longstanding popular events, as well as new highlights. The weeklong celebration will highlight faculty, graduate and undergraduate researchers, scholars and artists with themed days focusing on different aspects of research.
- Nadiah Johari