Brown Bag Series Guidelines


Brown Bag Series

Mentor Guidelines:

It is important that you as the faculty mentor supervise and approve all work by the student, this also includes the final presentation. The quality of the program depends upon sound advice from mentors on professionalism, public presentations, and discipline-appropriate content.

Mentors are also expected to attend the selected Brown Bag and will introduce their student and the project. Please ensure that students do not simply read from a paper. Any film clips should be limited in the presentation, such that the presentation is composed of the student sharing about the process as well as the product of his/her work.


Brown Bag Series

Student Guidelines:

Most students use a PowerPoint slideshow to present their scholarly work. This may not be appropriate for presentations of creative scholarship (i.e., researched-based artistic, musical, or theatrical productions).

The presentation style and language should be appropriate for a large, general audience from a wide variety of backgrounds.

All disciplines vary in the standard presentation style; however, for the purposes of the Brown Bag Seminars, we ask that you present your work in a way that will:

  1.  Teach the campus community about how you carried out your research/ scholarship
  2. Share your results/creative product


Presenters usually have about 20 minutes to give an oral presentation. This typically consists of a presentation of about 15 minutes and 5 minutes for questions. Review the archive of abstracts from previous presentations here.

A CURS member will lead the series and introduce each faculty mentor. Mentors should be present to introduce student presenter(s). Presenters may describe the following components of their work emphasizing what is most important for their discipline. Please keep in mind that the objective of the series is simply to enlighten the campus about the student pre-professional scholarship conducted across campus in all our various disciplines.

  • Objective/ Hypothesis of the work - What was the aim of the project, motivation, inspiration, background research that led to project or idea? 
  • Method of the work - What was the process necessary to complete the work? What materials were used, when did the scholarship take place and where, was a new or innovative approach/equipment used or designed to carry out the work? Did a team of researchers/scholars work together and if so in what capacity, what were the steps involved? Was reliability or validation of measurements needed?
  • Result - What was the result of data collection, art construction, historical research, writing; what are the implications of the work? Are the results applied to larger society or might they be, and if so how?
  • Presentation to the Public - esp. with art - how is the space for professional showing prepared? What steps are required to prepare a gallery show for example? Has the work been shown to the public (on campus or off) if so was this a juried show? What were the selection criteria? Was this part of an internship or professional training?
  • What's next? - There will be a follow up study, project, more art in a series or part 2 of a play etc? What questions, ideas, innovations are inspired from the work? Will work move in a different direction now, if so where/why/how?

Thank you for your participation in the Brown Bag Series!