Princeton Research Day 2016Princeton Research Day 2016

Now that you've signed up to present at Princeton Research Day 2017, check out all the pre-event programming available to help you prepare to give an awesome presentation. Among the topics:

  • Awesomize Your Abstract
  • Connection, Not Perfection: Presenting Your Research in 10 Minutes
  • Poster Design for Researchers in the Humanities and Qualitative Social Sciences
  • Poster Design for Quantitative Researchers
  • Heebie-Jeebies Be Gone: Improving Your Presentation through Improv
  • Plus, individual consultations for all presentation types.

Campus Resources

The University also offers year-round support for undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs and other nonfaculty researchers who wish to strengthen their command of the written and spoken word, their research and teaching practices, and their self-presentation and multimedia skills.

The Digital Learning Lab (DLL) is a fully-staffed state-of-the-art multimedia maker space that supports courses with unconventional formats, innovative course assignments, and co-curricular digital learning components. Through one-on-one training and workshops, professional and student staff can help you plan and execute video or other digital presentations, either in explanation of your research or as a stand-alone creative project.

The DLL is located on the first floor of the Lewis Science Library and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1-10 p.m. Please drop in or, for in-depth assistance, make an appointment by contacting mcgrawdll@princeton.edu or 609-258-6073.

The Office of Career Services helps undergraduate and graduate students proactively design their careers and lives, preparing them to find meaningful opportunities both at Princeton and beyond. Located at 36 University Place, Career Services staff offer individual advising (including how your research interests can help guide your career search), workshops, and connections to job and internship opportunities.

Those who are interested in enhancing their presentation skills should consider an improv workshop or a one-on-one advising session. For more information, please visit https://careerservices.princeton.edu.

Princeton Writes helps both students and employees communicate more effectively in nonacademic contexts. Located in Dillon Court East, between Whitman College and Dillon Gym, this program holds or sponsors workshops, one-on-one tutorials, drop-in hours (Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m.), and peer support groups that can help you present yourselves and your research to a general audience in a clear, concise, and compelling way.

Those who wish to develop their public speaking skills through regular practice are encouraged to join Speak with Style (primarily undergraduates), GradSpeak (graduate students), and the Princeton Employee Public Speaking Group (post-docs). For more information, please contact pwrites@princeton.edu or visit pwrites.princeton.edu.

The Writing Center offers Princeton writers free, one-on-one conferences with experienced fellow writers trained to respond to assignments in any discipline. The Writing Center welcomes all undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdocs, working on papers, independent research projects, application essays, and oral presentations for class or professional presentations. Writing Fellows can help with any part of the writing process: brainstorming ideas, developing a thesis, structuring an argument, or revising a draft. The goal of each conference is to develop strategies that will encourage writers to become astute readers and critics of their own work. Although the Writing Center is not an editing or proofreading service, Fellows can help students learn techniques for improving sentences and checking mechanics.

To meet with a Writing Center Fellow, you can either make an appointment in advance or stop by Lauritzen Hall in Whitman College during drop-in hours (Monday-Thursday from 7-11 p.m.). Come with whatever you've got—an assignment, ideas, rough notes, or a partial or full draft. For more information and to make an appointment, go to: https://wriapps.princeton.edu/scheduler/appointments/

Example Presentations

10 Minute Talk: "How Cancer Lumps Promote Malignancy"

By Allison Simi, a graduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering and the winner of the Gold Research Talk award at PRD 2016

90 Second Pitch: "Cognitive Development in Early Childhood Mechanisms over Three Generations"

By Ian Lundberg, a graduate student in Sociology and the winner of the Silver Research Pitch award at PRD 2016

Poster: "Curiosity’s Adventures in Wonderland"

By Joani Etskovitz, a senior in English

Video or Digital Presentation: "Poking into the Swirls — Nanoscale Sensor for Turbulence Measurement

By Yuyang Fan, a graduate student in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the winner of the Gold Performance/Art award at PRD 2016

Additional Online Resources

Research summaries: Sample research summaries

10 Minute Talk: Creating an Introduction, Creating the Body, Delivering Presentations, Designing Slides (Northwestern University)

90 Second Pitch: Crafting and Delivering a 90 Second Thesis (Rice University)

Poster: Guide to Creating Research Posters (UT Austin)