Seminar Guidelines

Presentation

Seminars must fit within a one-hour time slot. Presentations are around 45-50 minutes with 10-15 minutes for questions.

Content

  • (Ph.D. only) The initial seminar presentation can be either the student's own work, or perhaps a survey (eg, in a journal club)
  • (Ph.D. only) The second seminar presentation is typically a comprehensive survey of the state-of-the-art with respect to the thesis topic; this is typically delivered around the time of the candidacy exam, to the student's research group.
  • The final seminar presentation (M.Sc. or Ph.D.) must be a summary of the dissertation (thesis) and should be delivered close to and before the defense. It must be delivered immediately prior to the defense if being combined with the defense.

Location

  • Seminars must be presented on campus at the University of Alberta
  • Seminars must be publicly announced (see below)
  • Presentations at conferences, workshops, etc. do NOT qualify
    • However, holding a practice run of a presentation on campus DOES qualify

Audience

  • All presentations should be open to the public

Evaluation

  • There is no formal evaluation for the presentations
  • We encourage supervisors and other attendees to discuss the presentation - both content and form - with the presenter
  • It is a not a requirement that a supervisor or faculty member be in attendance

Administration

Making Arrangements for Your Seminar

  • Schedule your seminar with your supervisor
  • Enter the seminar title, time and date into Grad DB
    • For final oral presentations, the supervisor enters the information when scheduling the final oral exam
    • For the other two seminars (Ph.D. only), the student enters the information as part of their progress report
  • Publicly announce your seminar
    • By posting your seminar to the web you can also generate an email announcement to be sent once it is approved
      • Log in to the event submission form with your CCID (Campus Computing ID)
      • Follow the Event Submission Instructions on the right
      • Your event "Category" should be Lectures & Seminars
      • At the end of the "Event details" section, add "Send notice to: csdept@cs.ualberta.ca, csgrad@ualberta.ca (you can list other email addresses or lists you would like the announcement to be sent to as well, comma separated)"
      • Submit for approval will send a notice to the webmaster for approval