1. Your presentation should last approximately 20 minutes, including a 12-15-minute description of your project and a 5-8 minute period for questions and answers.
  2. Your presentation should include a succinct, but clear, summary of the following:
  3. The purpose of your research, including specific objectives and research questions, as well as hypotheses, if any.
  4. A brief description of the central theoretical arguments guiding your research and/or the most relevant studies done on your topic.
  5. Your methods of data collection, including:
  • Population, sample and sampling strategies, as well as an explanation of how generalizable your findings will be depending on the way you selected your sample.
  • A description of your methods of data collection (surveys, in-depth interviews, case studies, observation, secondary analysis, etc.)
  • A description of the way you have conceptualized and operationalized your main variables.
  • If you do field research, a description of your recruitment strategies, including:
  • Location, context, activity, or events that normally take place in this area
  • Usual flow of people in the area
  • Strategies that helped you or might help you develop rapport with your informants
  • Problems you encountered or anticipate you might encounter in the process
  • If you have started the data collection process, a description of what you have found. This may include:
  • If doing surveys, a sociodemographic profile of your informant(s)
  • If doing in-depth interviews, content analysis of documents, or observation, a description of salient themes or patterns you have identified or discovered
  • A case study, especially if you are conducting in-depth interviews and have interviewed only one person
  • An explanation of what your findings mean or say in answer to your central research questions.
  1. If appropriate, a brief discussion of ethical issues that you have encountered or anticipate in carrying out your research.
  2. I expect your presentation to be formal and professional, as it is the norm in anthropology and sociology meetings and symposiums. This means that you should:
  3. Demonstrate that you are prepared by giving an organized, clear, and methodologically and conceptually sound presentation.
  4. Pay attention to your demeanor (for example, avoid being too casual or informal in your speech and interaction with your audience).
  5. Use power point or other appropriate media to illustrate your major points, for example, your research objective and questions, your population and sample, and your central findings)
  6. Be responsive to your audience and prepared to answer all questions in a respectful way.