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“Knowledge is power.  Information is liberating.  Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” Kofi Annan, MIT Graduate, Diplomat, and Nobel Peace Prize Winner.

Share Research

Sharing your research is important, because not only are you getting the opportunity to show off what you’ve learned, but you also are taking a courageous step to be a part of a scholarly community by participating in the scholarly discourse.  It can be nerve-wrecking sharing your research, but it’s important experience.  You never know what the future may hold; being able to give an elevator speech (a shortened presentation), and fielding questions, and explaining your line of reasoning are all important skills beyond the community college classroom.

You may present in front of your class.  This is good experience.  You should actively seek opportunities to present your research in a larger forum outside your classroom.  In STEM, the Mathematics Department has a Math Symposium; Student Life also holds a Multicultural Awareness Conference; soon, PPCC will have its own Undergraduate Research Forum.  There’s a regional opportunity with the Colorado Undergraduate Research Forum (CSURF).  Taking these opportunities are resume or curriculum vitae builders.  Not only can they help you secure a place in a highly competitive university, but they can hone the skills necessary for your next job. 

Sold? In what format may you be asked to present? 

  •  An Ignite Talk, or a Pecha Kucha Presentation.  These presentations limit the amount of PowerPoint Slides, which usually have a prescribed time that automatically switches slides. The slides usually have images relevant to the topic, and they demand that you as the speaker the images to life with the ideas of your research.  This means that these presentations take deliberate practice.  The idea of these time presentations is that you are concise, and those attending the presentation will follow up with question.  You don't need to purchase any programs: access PowerPoint through your Student Office 365 account, found in your Student Portal.
  •  A traditional PowerPoint presentation.  This is an elongated presentation that demands you get into the detail of what you’ve researched.  This will give you more time to dive into your thesis (argument), and present a more in-depth analysis of your evidence and conclusions. 
  •  A Poster Board Presentation.  Using either a template or a PowerPoint slide, the student creates a 36”x48” poster.  In this poster, you will have the following elements: an abstract and overall question that guided your research, a definition of the problem, methodology used, charts of showing results of your own experimentation, the literature important to the research usually cited in a bibliography section, and finally your conclusions.  You will stand by your board and greet those who show interest.  You give a presentation structured by the logic of your board.  You will typically receive questions or comments from those who are present.  

Video Tutorial

How to make an Academic Poster In Powerpoint.

This video shows you a simple 8 step process for making an academic poster for a conference, specifically in PowerPoint.

Video Tutorial

How do you make your Research Poster stand out? 

This video has tips for creating a great research poster for a conference, from the Poster Illustration team at AJE.

Pro Tip!

Self-care is an important bit that students and academics alike often don’t pay enough attention.  We all need to recharge our batteries.  Celebrate your accomplishment by doing that thing which brings you back to center and energizes you.  During this process, it’s important to step away from your research, and allow your mind to rest. 

Yes, I am telling you to read that favorite book, go out with family and friends, see a movie, go on a hike, take a drive, and party safely.  If you are not balanced, then you will become fatigued.  Everyone’s endurance and self-discipline are different.  You will come back with a new perspective, or a new way to phrase or present a part of the research that may have been challenging. 

Where I challenge you (and even myself as a professional) is to improve my ability to focus for longer periods of time.  Finishing your research will give you a sense of accomplishment; you will look back on these moments with pride.  These moments are the building blocks to your professional life. 


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