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Final Presentations

Start this Tuesday!

Here’s what to expect:

Be sure to click on the link that describes the grading rubric and has a template that you can (or not) use.

Here is what I will be looking for: Try to spend more than 50% of your time talking about the evolutionary implications or concepts surrounding your topic. Some previous students have started their presentations with a lot of detail about proximate causes and leave their discussion of an evolutionary hypothesis until the last slide or two. That is not good. While I am listening to your presentation, I am waiting for the evolutionary hypothesis and evidence that you understand how to consider diseases in terms of evolution and natural selection. So make sure that evolution appears early in your presentation.

Try to include at least one alternative hypothesis. Read the link for more details.

Finally, practice your presentation, preferably with a timer. You all did well during your Journal Club presentations, but I understand the temptation to talk longer than you anticipated when you are excited about a topic. We will be under a pretty strict time constraint. I want you to aim for 12 – 15 minutes per presentation.

Good luck


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Joe Alcock

Emergency Physician, Educator, Researcher, interested in the microbiome, evolution, and medicine

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