The presentation will be 18 – 22 minutes in length. Deviation from this time interval may result in deductions from the score. Presentation is to be with MS PowerPoint software.
Comments from the Faculty and the fellow students and grades from the presentation are combined with attendance and the abstract score to determine the final grade for the seminar.
Title and paper selection is due on January 31, and abstracts for the talk due on February 7. Two weeks prior to the scheduled presentation, the presenter should check with the instructor to view the slide show. This will provide sufficient time to make any changes that may arise from that meeting. Do NOT miss these deadlines.
The abstract is to be limited to 200 words describing the topic in detail to outline the intent or subject matter of the presentation in original wording by the presenter. Submit the abstract electronically to email@example.com in MS word format. The abstract will include full references to the paper(s) used (e.g. author(s), title, journal title, publication date, volume, and page numbers).
The topic of the presentation will be from current literature of chemistry or a field in which chemistry is the major component. Inorganic, Organic, Biochemical, Analytical and Physical Chemistry are the traditional areas. Literature searches can be made with the search engine – “Scifinder Scholar” from any computers. See the next page for how to self-register and sign-in to “Scifinder”. All journals issued by the American Chemical Society are available free of charge from MSU computers and can be obtained through the link below:
1. Any printed matter on a slide should help make a point about the subject. Professional presentations will not contain superfluous images, or elaborate color schemes. White (or very light) backgrounds with black text are most common. Color fonts or bold type are frequently used to emphasize a point in a list of information.
2. Use fonts that are easily seen (26 – 34 point) – that is, do not crowd the slide with large amounts of text that require 12 point font to get it all on the slide. A slide is to present a basic, clear concept that is expounded upon verbally.
3. Some points to remember about a slide presentation are to organize, organize, and organize. A professional presentation should include title, introduction, experimental section, results and discussion, conclusion and acknowledgments.
4. Timing is about 2 – 3 minutes per slide for experienced presenters. This suggests that there be no more than 6 to 10 slides for a talk of this length (20 minutes). A one-hour talk will have about 25 slides. However – If everything to be said is on slides, you will lose the impact a presentation should have. Practice!
5. The presenter should speak to the audience. Reading slides to the audience is crass, and should be avoided at all costs. To prevent this situation, practice the talk in a room alone. Professional presentations are typically rehearsed about 6 times. This will give the confidence and contact with the topic that is needed for good verbal presentation. It will also help determine how many slides are necessary.
6. After preparing your presentation, it is an excellent idea to prepare to answer questions about the subject of the presentation. Some background reading on the topic is essential.
7. Practice voice and diction. Clear diction and sufficient volume is essential in being understood during a presentation.
A: > 90%; B: 80 – 89%; C: 70 – 79 %; D: 55 – 69 %; F < 55%
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