Presentation

Presentation Competency

What is Presentation Competency?

  • Presentation competency highlights to ability to effectively mobilize knowledge while presenting oneself, one’s research and one’s discipline in a professional manner
  • The development of presentation competency is focused on providing students with the skills to effectively present and negotiate difficult situations during podium presentations and posters at academic conferences and workshops, oral comprehensive exams, teaching and other presentation situations
  • Presentation competency focuses on helping students 
    1. Understand that different presentations require different presentation techniques (e.g. speaking to an interdisciplinary versus specialized audience, academic presentations versus teaching)
    2. Effective presentation skills (e.g. use of multimedia)  
    3. Dealing with difficult situations (e.g. dealing with nervousness, technology problems)
  • Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are encouraged to look for discipline and department specific opportunities to present in courses, lecture-series, workshops and conferences

Programs with Presentation as Main Competency

3MT - Three Minute Thesis Competition
3MT is a research communication competition where graduate students have 3 minutes or less to present their research and its impact to a panel of non-specialist judges and peers.
The Language of Conference Presentations
This 8 hour workshop series will help international students prepare to present their research at academic conferences.
The Language of Research Presentations
This 8 hour workshop series will help international students learn how to communicate their research to others.
Upcoming Doctoral Public Lectures
The Society for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies posts all upcoming Doctoral Public Lectures.
Western Research Forum
The Western Research Forum (WRF) is an annual, multidisciplinary conference organized by the SOGS Academic Committee and held at Western University as an opportunity for the dynamic and prodigious graduate students in all disciplines to showcase their innovative research and creative products to their colleagues and other members of the Western community. Students are encouraged to engage in networking and professional development opportunities at the conference.
What to Expect in a Defense and Submitting your Thesis
This workshop outlines what occurs during the thesis examination and details all significant events involved in the process from initial submission to the final submission of the thesis.

Programs with Presentation as Secondary Competency

Advanced Teaching Program (ATP)
The Advanced Teaching Program (ATP) is a hands-on, 20 hr (6 half day) seminar specifically designed for advanced graduate students who would like to develop the practical skills necessary to teach their own courses.
Communication in the Canadian Classroom
Effective communication is an essential element of good teaching and learning, good research, and success in a university environment. Join us for a 12-hour seminar series, and learn to communicate with greater confidence in the Canadian academic environment.
Graduate Career Day
This event provides graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with the opportunity to gain valuable information about landing both academic and non-academic positions and will be comprised of a series of workshops on networking to a non-academic position, preparing for academic and non-academic interviews, negotiating first faculty contracts, and alumni panel discussions.
Graduate Studies 9500: Theory And Practice Of University Teaching
A 10-week graduate course that introduces students to the theory and practice of university teaching and includes four micro-teaching sessions and preparation of a teaching portfolio.
Graduate Writing Day
A half-day event to address specific graduate writing concerns and an opportunity to learn about best practices from faculty.
Mock Interview
Practice your interview skills and receive feedback In this 1hr, video-captured mock interview.
Professional Certificate in Leadership
This first level of leadership development consists of seven courses designed to present fundamental knowledge that will help new and experienced leaders understand their role and the potential they have to positively influence others.
Teaching Assistant Training Program
The Teaching Assistant Training Program is a hands-on, two-and-a-half- day session taught by current Teaching Assistants (TAs) and designed for new TAs embarking on their teaching careers.
Teaching in the Canadian Classroom
Effective teaching is an essential element of being an international teaching assistant and the cornerstone of presentations for all graduate students. Join us for a 20-hour seminar series, and learn to teach and present with greater confidence in the Canadian classroom.
The Language of Advanced Discussions
This 20 hour workshop is designed for international and new resident graduate students who are already highly effective communicators in English and who would like to enhance their academic, interpersonal, and professional communication skills further.
The Language of Difficult Conversations
This 12 hour workshop will help international graduate students develop the interpersonal and linguistic skills required to engage in difficult discussions in and out of the classroom.
The Teaching Mentor Program For Graduate Students
The Teaching Mentor Program for Graduate Students is a unique opportunity for graduate students to be observed in their personal teaching environment and to receive valuable feedback from peers.
Western Certificate in Academic and Professional Communication
This Certificate is designed to enhance the academic and professional communication skills of international graduate students in order to help them make a successful transition to Canadian academia and to prepare them for success in international research and professional settings.
Western Certificate In University Teaching And Learning
The goal of the Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning program is to enhance the teaching skills of graduate teaching assistants and to prepare graduate students for future faculty careers.