Dear Second Year Physicists,
As part of your practical work for this year, you are supposed to give a brief talk (maximum 20 minutes including questions) on a subject of your choice. You organise and run the show and I listen, comment, evaluate and (hopefully) enjoy the performance. Here is, roughly, how it works
WEEK 3. Choose your topic (by the end of the 3rd Week). You can talk just about anything, as long as it is interesting. I do not have any specific suggestions, just google "physics breakthrough of the year” or the like, and see what you get. Essentially anything that will keep me, and others, awake for fifteen to twenty minutes is fine. It does not have to be physics. I welcome any wacky topics. For guidance on style and delivery take a look at http://www.ted.com/. You can also check who talked about what in the past (archive page). Let me know your choice by the end of the 3rd Week - I expect an email from you with a title and an abstract of your talk - and I'll get back to you with some comments. You may also approach Alex Schekochihin, who will be happy to advise you on the selection of material and the structure of your presentation.
WEEK 6. Try your oratorical skills on me (Week 6, Monday and Tuesday 10:00-12:00, via Zoom). Call it a rehearsal session, if you wish. I will ask you to go through your presentation, after which we will discuss ways of improving it.
10:00-10:30 Alexander Christie
10:30-11:00 Andrei-Alexandru Cristea
11:00-11:30 Andrei-Horatiu Eftime
11:30-12:00 Megan Evans
10:00-10:30 William Isotta
10:30-11:00 Jeremi Litarowicz
11:00-11:30 Rishin Madan
11:30-12:00 Benedict Yorston
WEEK 8. The Grand Finale (Week 8, Monday 10:00-13:00, via Zoom). You should all show up. Feel free to invite your friends and colleagues. First Year Physicists are in particular welcome.
Looking forward to seeing you (virtually) soon.
Merton Presentations 2020
Titles and abstracts
Departmental mark scheme
Individual talks are marked as a percentage using the University’s USM scale:
70%+ 1st class
40-49% 3rd class
The majority of presentation talks should be marked in the range 60-75%, with any competent talk receiving a mark of at least 60% and any good talk receiving a mark of at least 70%. Higher or lower marks can be awarded for particularly strong or weak talks, but marks below 50% should only be awarded where the student has made little or no serious attempt, and marks above 85% should only be awarded for quite exceptional talks.