In any career, clear communication is essential, and in academic research, one must be able to present their work effectively to many audiences. The resources below will help you create oral and poster presentations for conferences and seminars, scientific pitches for networking, and talks for general audiences.
- Dr. Doug Robinson provides tips on how to craft slides that are informative and complement your oral presentation.
- The Carey Business School’s Presentation Skills Workbook: A guide to preparing powerful presentations has advice on verbal and non-verbal presentation skills.
The Center for Educational Resources has instructional online videos for oral presentations, posters, and design principles.
- Best Practices for Effective Presentations
- Creating and Presenting your Poster
- PowerPoint Design Concept-White Space
- PowerPoint Design Concept-Visual Hierarchy
- Designing Effective Presentations-Fonts
- The NIH presentation Creating and Presenting Dynamic Scientific Posters will guide you through making and presenting a poster, and includes examples.
- For beginner tips on how to make a research poster, check out the JHU Research page on making a poster.
Three Minute Thesis Competition
This annual event provides PhD candidates the chance to develop a three minute talk about their thesis work to an informed, non-expert audience with only 1 slide and compete university and state-wide for cash prizes. See the 3MT website for winning talks and more information on this year’s competition. To prepare students for the competition, we offer workshops to help you prepare and practice your talk.
Scientific Pitches - 1-minute talks
Drs. Damani Piggott and Caren Freel Myers share their tips for crafting short, persuasive talks about one's research—without the use of slides or visual aids!