Tips for Giving a Short Scientific Talk

  • You will only have ten minutes to speak. This is a very short amount of time. You certainly won't have time to go into the technical details of your research. During your ten minutes, you will be able to do nothing more than give the audience a glimpse of your research, so focus on making that glimpse as clear and compelling as possible. Focus on the main ideas of your research: what you did, why you did it, how you did it, and what you found.
  • Practice is essential. If possible, practice several times in front of other people. This will help you gauge the length of your presentation, and make each of your minutes count.
  • Remember that your audience will be other undergraduate students, who will most likely not be familiar with your specific research area.