PSPG 220 Student Research Talk Requirements

Where Rock Hall 102
  • Tuesday, 9:00 - 10:00 AM
  • Social time is from 10:00-10:30 AM

The PSPG 220 course affords students the opportunity to develop and polish their presentation skills. All students present their work to other students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty, are critically evaluated, and are given constructive feedback.

The presentation length should be approximately 20 minutes in length. Presentation content should provide sufficient background and research details for non-specialists to understand. Before the talk, students are required to seek from their primary faculty mentor feedback on the presentation slides. Faculty mentors should provide feedback and must attend the presentation, so students must inform their PI of the talk date when that is confirmed. It is strongly recommended that the student practice giving the presentation beforehand with their faculty mentor present.


You must submit an abstract no later than one week prior to giving your talk. Abstracts may be emailed to PSPG Program Administrator.


All students must attend PSPG220 and inform the program if they have an excused absence. Students will be excused for up to two absences in order to receive a pass. Students will be assigned to provide feedback to their peers.

Faculty responsibilities

The student’s thesis advisor should make every effort to attend your annual presentation and if the date you are selected to present does not fit with their schedule, you should try and swap so that they can attend. The thesis advisor is required to submit a formal evaluation of the talk that should be discussed in person with the student.

Faculty are expected to assist the student with their talk preparation and to provide written feedback in response to the feedback request sent out by the program for both their student as well as the other student speaker of the day.

Lecture capture

The talks will be captured by video. Should the PI miss the talk then they can request the capture link from PSPG Administration. Students can also request the link if they wish to review their talk.