The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at the California Institute of Technology is designed to give "undergraduate students an opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of leading scientists and engineers." At the end of their time at Caltech each summer the students give an oral presentation on SURF Seminar Day. Mary Ann Ahart and Carolyn Ash authored the SURF Talk Book, and it contains materials that will prove helpful to anyone looking for presentation tips. The Talk Book contains five short chapters including "The Audience", "Visual Aids", "Organization", and "Presentation". The first chapter, "The Audience", is a mini-masterpiece, as it offers very concrete and specific advice on how to create a compelling presentation that will capture the audience's attention. Some of the sage advice found here includes "Create variety" and "Use a novel approach". This is a remarkably useful document and one that will prove worthwhile to those seeking to craft effective presentations in a range of disciplines.
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