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Presentation Resources

Presenting research findings is a valuable and rewarding experience for any undergraduate researcher. Here are some quick tips on how to most effectively prepare your presentation:
 
  • Use your resources. Talk to your research advisor or faculty mentor, graduate student contacts and fellow undergraduates. You can always check out the hallways of buildings around the Texas A&M University - College Station campus for examples of posters from other TAMU students.
  • Establish co-authorship from the start. Working this out with your research partners early on will prevent some major hiccups in the end.
  • Know your audience. Are you presenting at a conference or a symposium? Will you be conducting an oral or poster presentation? Different types of events and presentations might change the nature of your presentation.
  • Get your point across. Keep it simple--have a clear introduction and conclusion with a take home message.
  • Be convincing. Focus on the most important findings, and be enthusiastic (slow down and make eye contact)
  • Appearance does matter. Make your poster or PowerPoint visually appealing for the audience! Check out our poster presentation tips and more below.

Types of Presentations

Poster Presentations
Poster presentations are more detailed than oral presentations and allow for quality interactions with those around you. You can expect frequent interruptions, so practice your composure. Posters should be readable from 5 ft. away (Title: 85 point. Authors: 56pt, Sub-headings: 36pt, Body text: 24pt, Captions: 18pt) and have a clear flow of information. Be sure that you clearly identify sections--especially your conclusions!

Oral Presentations
Oral presentations allow for wide exposure, but they are brief with few interruptions or questions. Use less graphics than you would on a poster, and try to stick to a 1 slide per minute rate. Carefully walk your audience through your results, ending with a solid conclusion. And of course, don't forget to practice!

What should you include in your presentation?
  • Why are you doing this? (Rationale and objectives)
  • What did you do? (Brief description of methods. Remember that the audience can ask you questions—no need to overdo it!)
  • What did you find? (Most important results, simple and informative data displays)
  • What does it all mean? (Concise statement of conclusions, interpretations, significance and future directions)

Examples and Other Tips
 
On-Campus Poster Printing Resources