Advice from Past Presenters for Future Presenters:

  • Enjoy it! It’s so much fun to be able to see what everyone on campus is working on.
  • Rehearsing your presentation not only to help with the Celebration of Scholarship but to also help you better understand your research and what you are doing.
  • I would say that they should have all their data ready to go as soon as possible. The longer you wait the more trouble would could run into when trying to put it into your presentation.
  • Take time to prepare so that you can be confident in your work.
  • Practice and do not wait until the last minute.
  • My advice to students that will present at next year's CoS is to not stress too much, make sure to have clear communication among your research team/advisor, know your research well and practice the presentation a couple times and all will go well.
  • Don't be hard on yourself. Presenting presentations can be stressful for everyone. You just need to make sure that you know all you can about your topic.
  • Don’t be scared! This is your time to shine and show off your work!

Advice from Past Mentors for Future Presenters:

  • Absolutely pursue this. It's excellent experience in interpersonal communication and presenting to peers, and looks good on a resume.
  • Practice your presentations. Don't use notes.
  • Get started early, especially with Human Subjects Protocol if the project requires this component.

Advice from Past Presenters for Future Mentors:

  • Ask what help your students need!!
  • Let students know more in advance and start planning more in advance for this event.
  • Make sure to do enough practice runs of the presentations that all the nerves are shaken out.
  • Make sure to guide your student(s) through the process, and check in on them. As a mentor, make sure you make time for your student(s).
  • Do not allow students to put off work, it becomes very stressful.
  • Encourage students to start as earlier as possible. Give students a good heads up of when things are expected with clear dates and methods of contact.
  • Ensure that your students have ample examples so that they may see the level of expectation.

Advice from Past Mentors for Future Mentors:

  • Work with your students - give them a deadline well in advance of the deadline to review their drafts and help them prepare better.
  • Make your students start preparing their presentations early.
  • Don't let them fool you with "I'm fine. No help needed" the weeks leading up to the event. They need help. They just don't know it yet.
  • By all means, if you see the opportunity to encourage your students to go above and beyond with projects like this, do it. This is what teaching and learning are all about.
  • Mentoring student work can be time consuming but to me is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a professor. What can be better than working with students who are genuinely excited about learning?
  • Prepare early especially in programs who have the same students for courses in each semester. It is not as overwhelming if the process begins early.

On the Scholarship Process:

  • Presenting the project helped me learn about presenting research to a wider audience than OTs.
  • Research can be very complicated, but when it is done properly, the results are very rewarding.