By Anna Lynn SpitzerIrvine, CA, August 1st, 2014 — For some, it was a terrifying first experience; for others, the repetition of a task they’d faced before. But for all 10 of this year’s SURF-IT undergraduate students, who this week presented their research progress to-date, it was a practice session designed to help them improve delivery and supporting visuals, as well as increase their comfort level. UROP director Said Shokair urged the students to focus on the significance of their projects – the “why-should-we-care” factor – as well as milestones achieved. The students were also cautioned to remember to discuss work intended for the last half of the summer program.
From left: Soheil Akhavan, Joe Mehrabi, Diane Shin, John Delshadi present their research.
From left: From left: Stefan Wenthe, Devin Held, Vasu Sharma do the same. All the students came away with several suggestions for improving their presentations.
They were also advised on the proper format for slide presentation – researcher’s name, project and mentor’s name should be on the first slide – and given tips for making their visuals more compelling.
“Take these suggestions to heart,” Shokair advised the students. “We’re expecting drastic improvement before you make your final presentations.”