October 22, 2020, by Lee Mei Kee
Spectacular Achievements in FOSE Online Postgraduate Showcase 2020
The Postgraduate Students Research (PGR) Showcase has been an annual event since several years back. Due to the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic this year, Faculty of Science and Engineering (FOSE) had conducted the PGR Showcase 2020 online, with presenters presenting their 1-minute pitches and posters on Microsoft Teams. Despite the unprecendeted times, our postgraduate research students demonstrated resilience by taking part in the competition. We are thrilled with the achievement of posgraduate students from School of Pharmacy and Division of Biomedical Sciences, not to mention they are also UNM and UNUK alumni, for sweeping the prizes in 1-minute Rapid Fire Competition and Poster Competition!
Scroll down for the profiles, presentation topics and the tips for successful presentation by the winners.
Winners Interview: Tips for Effective Presentation
How to prepare and deliver an effective scientific research presentation in 1-minute pitch/poster ?
“It’s like a concept when we view the 10-seconds-video on social media such as Instagram. I’m always attracted to those stories that are clear and viewers grab the idea instantly although it’s just 10 seconds. I tried to apply this concept when I created my slide for this 1-minute-rapid-fire competition. SmartArt or simple graphic that can grab the audience’s attention will be a preferred choice so that audience won’t spend too much reading on the slide instead of paying attention to what you are talking. Pitching your scientific research in such a short duration needs a creative and laymen opening to retain audiences’ interest. Also, keeping the content sweet and concise by highlighting your research methodology and outcome at the end. An appropriate amount of practising or rehearsing at the competition venue or even in front of the camera will be a great help. Watch your pitching video and correct the tone or adding gestures when needed. This greatly improves your pitching and builds up your confidence in front of the audience or camera. Nevertheless, practice makes perfect. I believe that everyone can make it if we have practised enough.” by Ho Jinn Shyuan
“In my opinion, an effective scientific research presentation pitch in 1 minute requires a well-structured script, confidence and especially fluency in delivering the speech. The script should contain a summary of research problem, objectives, methods, results and the impact of your research. Creativity matters in terms of the topic selection and sentences in your speech to capture the audiences’ attention. As for the single static slide, it should contain a picture or diagram which could best support your speech. Then, practice your speech and make sure that it is within 1 min!” by Sharoen Lim
“I put myself in the audience’s shoes so I was careful to use language as simple as possible and create a slide with more images and minimal text. I practiced many times with a written script and timed myself. Thus I had to make multiple revisions to prevent myself from exceeding 1 minute. I also chose to start my presentation with a question to engage the audience. Kept it short and simple.” by Jessica Ooi
“For me, scientific research poster is a great tool to share my research and reach out to a wider audience. Therefore, my biggest winning tip is to keep it simple (so that even my brother who studies law understands the content of my poster without any additional explanation!). In a nutshell, I planned the content ahead of time, displayed them in a traditional way that is easy to follow and used contrasting colours to enhance the visual impact. I chose yellow as the primary colour because, to me, it brings a sense of optimism. Finally, as the saying goes, practice makes perfect. I did find it challenging with the showcase being held online this year as eye contact and body language were not possible. Thus, I paid extra attention to improve the tone and clarity of my speech to make sure I deliver the content effectively and efficiently.” by Leanne Pang
Last but not the least, here is a picture of the winners and their supportive supervisors!