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24 Oral Presentations

Many academic courses require students to present information to their peers and teachers in a classroom setting. This is usually in the form of a short talk, often, but not always, accompanied by visual aids such as a power point. Students often become nervous at the idea of speaking in front of a group.

This chapter is divided under five headings to establish a quick reference guide for oral presentations.

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A beginner, who may have little or no experience, should read each section in full.

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For the intermediate learner, who has some experience with oral presentations, review the sections you feel you need work on.

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The Purpose of an Oral Presentation

Generally, oral presentation is public speaking, either individually or as a group, the aim of which is to provide information, entertain, persuade the audience, or educate. In an academic setting, oral presentations are often assessable tasks with a marking criteria. Therefore, students are being evaluated on their capacity to speak and deliver relevant information within a set timeframe. An oral presentation differs from a speech in that it usually has visual aids and may involve audience interaction; ideas are both shown and explained . A speech, on the other hand, is a formal verbal discourse addressing an audience, without visual aids and audience participation.

Types of Oral Presentations

Individual presentation.

  • Breathe and remember that everyone gets nervous when speaking in public. You are in control. You’ve got this!
  • Know your content. The number one way to have a smooth presentation is to know what you want to say and how you want to say it. Write it down and rehearse it until you feel relaxed and confident and do not have to rely heavily on notes while speaking.
  • Eliminate ‘umms’ and ‘ahhs’ from your oral presentation vocabulary. Speak slowly and clearly and pause when you need to. It is not a contest to see who can race through their presentation the fastest or fit the most content within the time limit. The average person speaks at a rate of 125 words per minute. Therefore, if you are required to speak for 10 minutes, you will need to write and practice 1250 words for speaking. Ensure you time yourself and get it right.
  • Ensure you meet the requirements of the marking criteria, including non-verbal communication skills. Make good eye contact with the audience; watch your posture; don’t fidget.
  • Know the language requirements. Check if you are permitted to use a more casual, conversational tone and first-person pronouns, or do you need to keep a more formal, academic tone?

Group Presentation

  • All of the above applies, however you are working as part of a group. So how should you approach group work?
  • Firstly, if you are not assigned to a group by your lecturer/tutor, choose people based on their availability and accessibility. If you cannot meet face-to-face you may schedule online meetings.
  • Get to know each other. It’s easier to work with friends than strangers.
  • Also consider everyone’s strengths and weaknesses. This will involve a discussion that will often lead to task or role allocations within the group, however, everyone should be carrying an equal level of the workload.
  • Some group members may be more focused on getting the script written, with a different section for each team member to say. Others may be more experienced with the presentation software and skilled in editing and refining power point slides so they are appropriate for the presentation. Use one visual aid (one set of power point slides) for the whole group. Take turns presenting information and ideas.
  • Be patient and tolerant with each other’s learning style and personality. Do not judge people in your group based on their personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender, age, or cultural background.
  • Rehearse as a group, more than once. Keep rehearsing until you have seamless transitions between speakers. Ensure you thank the previous speaker and introduce the one following you. If you are rehearsing online, but have to present in-person, try to schedule some face-to-face time that will allow you to physically practice using the technology and classroom space of the campus.
  • For further information on working as a group see:

Working as a group – my.UQ – University of Queensland

Writing Your Presentation

Approach the oral presentation task just as you would any other assignment. Review the available topics, do some background reading and research to ensure you can talk about the topic for the appropriate length of time and in an informed manner. Break the question down as demonstrated in Chapter 17 Breaking Down an Assignment. Where it differs from writing an essay is that the information in the written speech must align with the visual aid. Therefore, with each idea, concept or new information you write, think about how this might be visually displayed through minimal text and the occasional use of images. Proceed to write your ideas in full, but consider that not all information will end up on a power point slide. After all, it is you who are doing the presenting , not the power point. Your presentation skills are being evaluated; this may include a small percentage for the actual visual aid. This is also why it is important that EVERYONE has a turn at speaking during the presentation, as each person receives their own individual grade.

Using Visual Aids

A whole chapter could be written about the visual aids alone, therefore I will simply refer to the key points as noted by my.UQ

To keep your audience engaged and help them to remember what you have to say, you may want to use visual aids, such as slides.

When designing slides for your presentation, make sure:

  • any text is brief, grammatically correct and easy to read. Use dot points and space between lines, plus large font size (18-20 point).
  • Resist the temptation to use dark slides with a light-coloured font; it is hard on the eyes
  • if images and graphs are used to support your main points, they should be non-intrusive on the written work

Images and Graphs

  • Your audience will respond better to slides that deliver information quickly – images and graphs are a good way to do this. However, they are not always appropriate or necessary.

When choosing images, it’s important to find images that:

  • support your presentation and aren’t just decorative
  • are high quality, however, using large HD picture files can make the power point file too large overall for submission via Turnitin
  • you have permission to use (Creative Commons license, royalty-free, own images, or purchased)
  • suggested sites for free-to-use images: Openclipart – Clipping Culture ; Beautiful Free Images & Pictures | Unsplash ; Pxfuel – Royalty free stock photos free download ; When we share, everyone wins – Creative Commons

This is a general guide. The specific requirements for your course may be different. Make sure you read through any assignment requirements carefully and ask your lecturer or tutor if you’re unsure how to meet them.

Using Visual Aids Effectively

Too often, students make an impressive power point though do not understand how to use it effectively to enhance their presentation.

  • Rehearse with the power point.
  • Keep the slides synchronized with your presentation; change them at the appropriate time.
  • Refer to the information on the slides. Point out details; comment on images; note facts such as data.
  • Don’t let the power point just be something happening in the background while you speak.
  • Write notes in your script to indicate when to change slides or which slide number the information applies to.
  • Pace yourself so you are not spending a disproportionate amount of time on slides at the beginning of the presentation and racing through them at the end.
  • Practice, practice, practice.

Nonverbal Communication

It is clear by the name that nonverbal communication are the ways that we communicate without speaking. Many people are already aware of this, however here are a few tips that relate specifically to oral presentations.

Being confident and looking confident are two different things. Fake it until you make it.

  • Avoid slouching or leaning – standing up straight instantly gives you an air of confidence.
  • Move! When you’re glued to one spot as a presenter, you’re not perceived as either confident or dynamic. Use the available space effectively, though do not exaggerate your natural movements so you look ridiculous.
  • If you’re someone who “speaks with their hands”, resist the urge to constantly wave them around. They detract from your message. Occasional gestures are fine.
  • Be animated, but don’t fidget. Ask someone to watch you rehearse and identify if you have any nervous, repetitive habits you may be unaware of, for example, constantly touching or ‘finger-combing’ your hair, rubbing your face.
  • Avoid ‘voice fidgets’ also. If you needs to cough or clear your throat, do so once then take a drink of water.
  • Avoid distractions. No phone turned on. Water available but off to one side.
  • Keep your distance. Don’t hover over front-row audience members; this can be intimidating.
  • Have a cheerful demeaner. You do not need to grin like a Cheshire cat throughout the presentation, yet your facial expression should be relaxed and welcoming.
  • Maintain an engaging TONE in your voice. Sometimes it’s not what you’re saying that is putting your audience to sleep, it’s your monotonous tone. Vary your tone and pace.
  • Don’t read your presentation – PRESENT it! Internalize your script so you can speak with confidence and only occasionally refer to your notes if needed.
  • Lastly, make good eye contact with your audience members so they know you are talking with them, not at them. You’re having a conversation. Watch the link below for some great speaking tips, including eye contact.

Below is a video of some great tips about public speaking from Amy Wolff at TEDx Portland [1]

  • Wolff. A. [The Oregonion]. (2016, April 9). 5 public speaking tips from TEDxPortland speaker coach [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNOXZumCXNM&ab_channel=TheOregonian ↵

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Event Student-Led Since Its Founding in 1988

Each year, Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) student volunteers organize and plan the annual EAS Student Research Conference, Alumni and Industry Open House at the University of Houston.

The 2024 Student Research Conference was held in person on April 26 in Science and Research Building 1. The conference included oral presentations in two morning sessions and posters in the afternoon on the second, third, and fourth floors. The event also included visits to the EAS lab facilities, an awards ceremony, and a group photo of the entire EAS department.

The event’s spirit is for the students to come together, share their research with faculty, EAS alumni, and industry experts, and enhance their presentation skills. Additionally, the student committee responsible for the conference gains experience organizing all aspects of a large event.

This year’s event had attendance from members of the EAS department, EAS alumni, and visitors from Houston-based oil and environmental industries. There were 15 oral presentations by EAS M.S. and Ph.D. students. Additionally, there were 26 poster presentations from EAS undergraduate, M.S., and Ph.D. students. A team of 20 EAS faculty, alumni, and industry experts judged the talks and posters.

The 2024 abstracts and conference program, along with some background information on conferences in past years can be viewed here .

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A special thank you to our Student Research Conference Committee members and their faculty advisor for their time and efforts in organizing this meeting.

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First Place Tie (Shared $400 prize)

Asmara Lehrmann Fingerprinting paleoenvironments offshore Thwaites Glacier with modern foraminifera

Divide Kalu A tale of mineral exploration, inversion and marvel of invertible neural networks

Second Place Tie (Shared $200 prize)

Joe McNease Surface wave workflows for the Texas Gulf Coast

Jumoke Akinpelu Re-defining the continent-ocean boundary beneath the distal Niger delta and expanding its deepwater, hydrocarbon play fairway based on the wider zone of continental rifts and syn-rift source rocks

Poster Presentation Awards

Poster Presentation Winners

First Place ($400 prize)

Ruth Beltran Aptian-Albian tectonic evolution of a hyperextended, continental rift system and its transition into oceanic crust in the ultra-deepwater Campos basin, Brazil

Second Place Tie (Shared $300 prize)

Daniel Maya Control of crustal thickness of the Uruguayan margin on types of seaward-dipping reflectors and maturation of Cretaceous source rocks.

Irfan Karim Investigating the anthropogenic sources: Methane and carbon dioxide emissions in Houston, Texas

Organizing Committee and Judging Panel

A special thanks to every student, staff, and faculty member that played a role in making the Student Research Conference possible this year. Your assistance allows our students the opportunity to showcase their work to department colleagues and industry professionals.

Additional thanks to the distinguished panel of 19 EAS faculty and industry judges who volunteered their time and expertise to judge the student oral presentations.

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  • Sophie Broun (Chevron)
  • Antonio Nocioni (Chevron)
  • Ceri Davies (CGG)
  • Jon Rotzien (BasinDynamics, UH adjunct)
  • Eric Williams (Royal Triangle Energy Solutions; EAS B.S., 1983)
  • Luke Walker (Equinor)
  • Juliet Irvin (ExxonMobil)
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This annual event will showcase students’ research through poster sessions and prize-winning research presentations during the Jill and Lee Goldman MD '73 Plenary Scientific Session. The event will also include the annual Lee E. Farr, MD Endowed Lectureship and the awarding of the John N. Forrest, Jr. Award for Mentorship in Medical Student Research. The Office of Student Research encourages all to visit the students’ poster session, which provides an opportunity to not only view the outstanding research of our students, but to ask questions of the students throughout the day. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free meal options will be provided during lunch. If your dietary needs do not fit within these categories, kindly reach out to us at [email protected] , and we will ensure suitable accommodations are made

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Opening remarks by dean nancy brown and associate deans of student research sarwat chaudhry and erica herzog, thirty-sixth annual farr lecture with dr. peter s. aronson, remarks by dr. lee goldman, ysm class of ’73, jill and lee goldman, md ’73 plenary scientific session – oral presentations, dr. john n. forrest, jr., mentorship award, scientific poster session, related media, student research day.

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The Spurgeon Dental Society is the UNC-CH Adams School of Dentistry student governmental body. It promotes the highest professional ideals and standards in preparation for the practice of dentistry and oversees student body organizations.

Spurgeon was founded in 1980 by DDS students. Membership is extended to students currently enrolled in the DDS, dental hygiene and dental assisting programs at the UNC-CH Adams School of Dentistry. Associate membership may be granted to students pursuing advanced dental education.

The organization is named in honor of the late Dr. J.S. Spurgeon of Hillsborough, NC, who is regarded as one of North Carolina’s most outstanding dentists.

The 2024 recipients are as follows:

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2024 Graduate Research Showcase Winners Announced

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Winners of the oral and poster presentations pose with Dr. Samuel Frimpong and Dr. Colin Potts. From left, Frimpong, Gracie Boyer, Mohsen Mohammadi Beirami, Kyle Worden, Sarah Fakher, and Potts (winners not present are Christopher Hogan and Remy Mathenia). Photo Credit: Fernando Chavez.

Winners of the oral and poster presentations pose with Dr. Samuel Frimpong and Dr. Colin Potts. From left, Frimpong, Gracie Boyer, Mohsen Mohammadi Beirami, Kyle Worden, Sarah Fakher, and Potts (winners not present are Christopher Hogan and Remy Mathenia). Photo Credit: Fernando Chavez.

On Friday, April 26, more than 50 graduate students presented their work at the Graduate Research Showcase as a poster or short oral presentation. Their work was evaluated on overall research by a panel of judges, including S&T faculty and representatives from employers across the state. First-place winners were awarded a cash prize of $500. Second- and third-place finishers received $300 and $150, respectively.

The following students were honored at the award ceremony in recognition of their outstanding achievements:

Best research oral presentation: • First place – Sarah Fakher, MS student in Biological Sciences “Metal-ion Doped Borate Bioactive Glasses- A Novel Direction in Minimizing Nosocomial Infections and Antibiotic Resistance.” The research advisor is Dr. David J. Westenberg. • Second place – Mohsen Mohammadi Beirami, PhD student in Mechanical Engineering ” Exploring Kinematics Contribution to the Arm Stiffness Modulation During Overground Physical Human-robot Interaction.” The research advisor is Dr. Yun Seong Song. • Third place – Kyle Worden, PhD student in Aerospace Engineering “Effect of Thermal Relaxation Models on Hypersonic Planetary Entry Flows.” The research advisor is Dr. Serhat Hosder.

Best Research Poster: • First place – Gracie Boyer, PhD student in Mechanical Engineering “Enabling Advanced Architectures for Thick and Anode-less Electrodes through Advanced Ultra-short Laser Micro-structuring.” The research advisor is Dr. Jonghyun Park. • Second place – Remy Mathenia, PhD student in Mechanical Engineering “Laser Defocusing and Directionality in Wire Deposition.” The research advisor is Dr. Frank Liou. • Third place – Christopher Hogan, PhD student in Mathematics “Transmission of Fast Solitons for the NLS with an External Potential.” The research advisor is Dr. Jason C. Murphy.

Guest judges included: • Dillynn Cook from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. • Laura Grubbs from Brewer Science. • Rachel Jung from Brewer Science. • Colenan Kirn from the U.S. Navy. • Kyle Sims from HDR, Inc. Engineering.

Judges from the S&T community included: • Dr. Md Arifuzzaman, assistant professor of Computer Science. • Dr. Xiaosong Du, assistant professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. • Dr. Samuel Frimpong, vice provost of Graduate Education and professor of Mining Engineering. • Dr. Taihao Han, assistant professor of Materials Science and Engineering. • Dr. Matt Insall, associate professor of Mathematics and Statistics. • Dr. Irina Ivliyeva, professor of Arts, Language, and Philosophy. • Dr. Chang-Soo Kim is a faculty fellow of graduate education and a professor of electrical and computer engineering. • Dr. Suman Maity, assistant professor of Computer Science. • Dr. Gabriel Nicolosi, assistant professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering. • Georgette Nicolosi, librarian of Curtis Law Wilson Library. • Dr. Cheng Wu, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. • Dr. Bohong Zhang, assistant research professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Thank you to all our judges, guests, academic advisors, and especially our student researchers for making this year’s Graduate Research Showcase a success.

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