What are “Discovery Slams”?

Discovery slams are three short (10 min) presentations that describe research discoveries made by SDSU faculty and their students to a broad academic audience. Each presentation will be followed by 5 minutes for questions and discussion. The talks are meant to be accessible to a highly educated audience who may know next to nothing about the speaker’s particular discipline. These events will be from 5:00 – 6:30 PM on SDSU’s campus, refreshments will be provided.

 

What is the goal of the Slams?

The goal is to provide an enjoyable venue for faculty, administrators, and staff to learn about a variety of different research topics – generating broader awareness of research accomplishments across the college and possibly generating interdisciplinary collaborations. Most of all, these events should be lively, interesting, and fun!

 

Why only 10 minutes?

Because most academics are so excited about their work that they can go on forever, often getting caught up in details instead of the big picture. This works for others in the same field who understand the jargon and nuances of the research, but is painful for an audience who are not experts in that discipline. We will be very strict on time to keep the “slams” active and exciting, and to ensure that we have time for interactive question and discussion after each talk.

 

Who can present?

At each “Discovery Slam” we will invite different faculty to talk, and will cover a variety of topics. The topics will expand as we have more and more of these events.

 

What makes a good Slam?

Each presenter will give a brief explanation of their research, put the research into broader context, and tell the audience why it is important and exciting. That is, explain to the audience why what you are doing is unique, what you are learning, and why it matters.

 

How should I prepare my talk?

You will be presenting to a broad audience of faculty from multiple colleges, people who work at the research foundation, fundraisers, administrators, etc. Think about the 2-3 major concepts that you would really like each member of the audience to understand, and how you can convey those points in about 6 PowerPoint slides. Giving a short talk to a general audience is much harder than talking to a group of people in your field.

 

Discovery Slams are hosted by:

Stephen C. Welter, Ph.D.

Vice President of Research
Graduate Dean

Stanley Maloy, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Sciences
Professor of Biology

 

Upcoming Discovery Slams

Archived Grants