Global Scholars Symposium

The Global Scholars Symposium showcases independent research of the senior cohort. Scholars will give 10-minute presentations on their research and answer questions. Parents, friends, research mentors, and others interested in undergraduate research are invited to attend the Symposium.


2018 Global Scholars Symposium

Saturday, April 7 ♦ 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ♦ Big 12 Room, Kansas Union


Presentation Tips

Focus on the who, what, when, why, and how of your research. Give us a big-picture view of what you are doing. Tell us why it is important.

Audience. Prepare your presentation for a general audience. Always beware of jargon and acronyms. Define any terms that may be unfamiliar to the audience and explain the significance of your research in terms listeners will understand. Practice with friends who are not in your major.

Content. You simply can’t explain every single thing in a 10-minute presentation. Ask yourself:  What are the points I want to convey?  What do I want the audience to learn?  What is the main point I want them to remember? 

Organization.  You need to 1. Introduce yourself; 2. Present your research question and why it matters; 3. Describe how you conducted your research, 4. Explain what you found out and what it means; and 5. Conclude with a summary of your main points.

Depending on your topic, you may need to provide background information. Present the background information succinctly. Bring the focus back to your research by reminding the audience of your research question.

PowerPoint.  PowerPoint is a useful tool to show images and emphasize important points. Brevity and clarity are key.

Practice.  Practice speaking slowly and clearly.  If you want to emphasize an important point, repeat it.  


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