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seminar guidelines

Guidelines for IMM Student Seminar

Fall 2023


Article selection & submission

Article selection: You are encouraged to select a recent article with IF>5 (e.g., published after January 2022) that is NOT directly related to your research field. The first-year students are allowed to select the recent high impact publication related to his or her thesis research topics.

Submission time: You MUST submit the title and the URL connection address of the article of your choice to the IMM website manager (IMM: imm3556@gmail.com ). At the same time, each student needs to send a hard copy of your article to Professors Chun-Hsien Chu and H Sunny Sun. The submission deadline for the first-year students is no later than August 14 ,2023 while that for the second-year students is no later than July 31 ,2023.

Abstract format and submission

Abstract format: Please use your own words to write ONLY one page of abstract according to the suggested format below.

Submission to whom:

  1. If you are a 1st year student, please email your abstract to Professor Chun-Hsien Chu  (chunhsienchu@gmail.com) / Professor H Sunny Sun (hssun@mail.ncku.edu.tw ), your commentator, and IMM website manager at least one week prior to your seminar date.
  2. If you are a 2nd year student, please email your abstract to Professor H Sunny Sun (hssun@mail.ncku.edu.tw ),, your commentator, and IMM website manager at least one week prior to your seminar date.
  3. Any late submission will result in 10 points deduction from your final grade.

PowerPoint slides

Preparation: You have to present your article no more than 35 minutes in PowerPoint format. Therefore, you only need to prepare 30-40 slides for your presentation considering one slide per minute.

Contents: Please prepare your slides in the order of Background, Hypothesis, Methods/Results, and Discussion/Conclusion. Before paper presentation, you should prepare one slide to briefly introduce the research interest of the corresponding author in the last 5 years.

Language of presentation: All student in the second year or higher must present your article in English.  To begin your English presentation, please give a 2~3 min summary of key points of the paper in Mandarin. For students in the first year, you are required to give a short summary of the key points of the paper in English.




Evaluation Criteria for IMM Seminar

Fall 2023

You will be evaluated by the following criteria.


  1. Your attendance and punctuality (10%)

You are expected to attend all given semesters on time. You must notify the course coordinators at least a week ahead of time for any leave of absence.  For a sick leave, you need to show the receipt for your medical expense or doctor diagnosis proof. Any unexcused absence or lack of punctuality will result in score reduction.

II. Your abstract and presentation (60%)

You will receive the evaluation of your presentation and an average score from all attending teachers. Your presentation will be evaluated based on the followings.

A) Abstract (20%) is based on the quality of:

1) Background

2) Hypothesis/Objective(s)

3) Study results including methods/approaches

4) Conclusions and significance

B) Contents and organization (40%) are based on the quality of:

1) Introduction

2) Overall understanding of the methodology

3) Your data interpretation

4) Overall organization

C) Presentation (40%) is based on the quality of:

1) Presenter’s speaking

2) Presenter’s use of visual aids

3) Presenter’s transition between concepts/subjects

4) Presenter’s control of time (not significantly under or over 35 min).

III. Your responsibility as a listener (15%)

You must formulate questions relevant to at least 5 topics of your interest per semester. Questions could be something that you do not understand, or that relates to something of interest to you.

IV. Your attendance of medical college guest speakers’ seminars (15%)

You MUST attend at least 5 seminars presented by NCKU faculty and guest speakers each semester (based on the sign-up sheet).

V. Bonus points (5%)

For the first-year students, you will receive a bonus up to 5 points in your presentation score when giving your seminar in English.


Tips for Seminar Presentation

(A key point is to understand your topic)

Present a research paper

  1. Begin with the title and authors of the paper, followed by your name and the commentator’s.
  2. A slide to briefly introduce the latest research interest of the corresponding author

3) Adequately present the background information assembled from the “Introduction and Discussion” sections of your paper, and from outside sources if necessary.

3) Clearly spell out the hypothesis or the specific question(s) addressed in the paper.

4) Integrate experimental design, approaches, methods, and data interpretation in a logical fashion.

5) End your presentation with a summary of major findings of the paper and potential implications, if any.

Goals of oral presentation

1) Capture the essence of the research project:

a) Why the study was undertaken (i.e., purpose of the study).

b) How it was undertaken (i.e., experimental design and methods).

c) What was learned (i.e., results and conclusion).

2) Communicate that essence clearly, convincingly, and concisely to your audience.

Rules for oral presentation

1) Assess and reorganize, rather than simply restate, the information in the paper.

2) Focus your talk on the methods and results.

3) Draw conclusions as you present each component of the paper and proceed logically from one part of the study to the next.

4) Be selective and focused: include only those details needed for audience to understand what comes later; delete details that are unrelated and unconnected.

5) Must use visual aids (e.g., slides, videos and pointers).

6) Be prepared for questions: thoroughly understand the paper, especially data interpretations.

Guides for giving an oral presentation

1) Must use a microphone and try to have eye contact during the presentation

2) Write out your talk and practice it until you can produce a smooth delivery.

3) Do not rush; allow time for listeners to digest the information and to take notes.

4) Lead your audience by pointing to the data and information as you speak.

5) Do not confuse your audience by using too many abbreviations (spell out the word if it is used fewer than three times).

6)   Try to sound enthusiastic and interested in what you are saying.

7) End your talk gracefully: first acknowledge any people who gave you advice or help, and then say something like “Thank you, I would be happy to answer any questions”.

7) Must limit your presentation time for 25-35 minutes.

8) For Q & A: Be sure to restate (or clarify if necessary) each question, and then address your answer to the ENTIRE audience, not just the questioner.