Brown Bag Series Guidelines
The Brown Bag Series was begun as a way for students to present original research or scholarship to the campus community. The talks are given by either individual or teams of students who have conducted an original study or produced original work using the methods of their discipline. The series is a way to showcase the quality and breadth of research at ASU.
- When: Fridays, dates TBA each semester (click here for Fall 2011 schedule)
- Where: usually JSAC ballroom unless noted otherwise
- Attendance: usually between 60-90 faculty and students
- Lunch: Pizza and drinks served or bring your own bag
- Sponsor: Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS)
It is important that all work by the student is supervised and approved by you as the faculty mentor including the final presentation. The quality of the program is dependent upon sound advice from mentors on professionalism, public presentations and discipline appropriate content.
Mentors are expected to be present at the selected Brown Bag and to give an introduction to their student and the project (was it for a class?, independent research?, is it being presented off campus?, is the student going to graduate school?).Please ensure that students do not simply read from a paper. Any film clips should be limited in the presentation, such that the presentation is comprised of the student sharing about the process as well as the product his/her work.
Most presenters use slides to show their scholarly work as the use of visuals to display your process of research is helpful in teaching others what you have found. All disciplines vary in the standard presentation style, however for the purposes of the Brown Bag Series, we ask that you present your work in a way that will 1) teach the campus community about how your carried out your research/ scholarship and 2) more importantly share your results.
Presenters usually have about 20 minutes to give an oral presentation. This typically consists of a presentation of about 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions.
A CURS member will lead the series and introduce each faculty mentor. Mentors should be present to introduce student presenter(s). Presenters may describe the following components of their work emphasizing what is most important for their discipline. Keep in mind that the objective of the series is simply to enlighten the campus about the student pre-professional scholarship conducted across campus in all our various disciplines.
- Objective/ Hypothesis of the work - what was the aim of the project, motivation, inspiration, background research that led to project or idea
- Method of the work - what was the process necessary to complete the work? What materials were used, when did the scholarship take place and where, was a new or innovative approach/equipment used or designed to carry out the work? Did a team of researchers/scholars work together and if so in what capacity, what were the steps involved? Was reliability or validation of measurements needed?
- Result - what was the result of data collection, art construction, historical research, writing; what are the implications of the work? Are the results applied to larger society or might they be, and if so how?
- Presentation to the Public - esp. with art - how is the space for professional showing prepared? What steps are required to prepare a gallery show for example? Has the work been shown to the public (on campus or off) if so was this a juried show? What were the selection criteria? Was this part of an internship or professional training?
- What's next? - will there be a follow up study, project, more art in a series or part 2 of a play etc? What questions, ideas, innovations are inspired from the work? Will work move in a different direction now, if so where/why/how?
Thank you for your participation in the Brown Bag Series! If you have questions, please contact any CURS member or the Chair, Dr. Haugerat firstname.lastname@example.org