The ad hoc recruiting committee is producing a "Stump Speech" to deliver at any given time regarding the UA ECE department.
Latest Version of the Stump Speech
The ECE stump speech presentation can be accessed here. Until the speech is transitioned to control of the recruiting committee, it is maintained in an SVN repository by Prof. Sprinkle, so when changes are made to the repository, they are automatically reflected in this page.
How do you use the stump speech?
Well, any way you want to. Here are a few anticipated examples:
- Give the speech as is (25-45 minutes, depending on your style)
- Hide or delete all the faculty slides, and give the speech in ~15 minutes
- Give the talk with only the faculty from your group, or only a few selected faculty
- Completely remove all the slides, and create your own presentation. :)
The purpose of the talk is not to be a policy talk that we can all give, but a foundation to target our recruiting efforts easily. So, change it at will. If you have changes or get comments you think would be beneficial to roll into the talk as a whole, please send them to Prof. Sprinkle for inclusion in the SVN version.
Professor Research Slides
Although devoting 30 seconds to each professor's research results in a 20 minute presentation without any of the front matter, it's important to convey that we believe it is better to go to graduate school to work with a particular advisor than it is to blindly choose a graduate school based on ranking (and perhaps see your advisor one-on-one about 30 minutes during your 7-8 years there).
To make this happen, each ECE faculty can adapt the sample research slide to reflect their need for graduate students, or what they do that is "cool". Keep in mind this slide should be self-contained, and able to be discussed in ~30 seconds. In order to do this, consider the following requests:
- Quad-chart format
- List of courses required to do this kind of work
- Potential for impact, and work to be done
- Links to your email/homepage, and a picture of yourself
- Write a script that can be read in 20 seconds, in the "Notes" portion of the slide
Here are a few common slides and resources for you to use.
This slide can be included at the end of every presentation you give, anywhere: invited talks, conference talks, plenary speeches, you name it. Instead of a "Questions" slide with some 1993-era clip art, put up this slide while you answer questions.
The Red Bar Cafe has a list of PPT templates, some of which are better than others. Particular templates are also given below.
This template is a white-background, with antique pictures of the campus on the first page. The stump speech currently uses this template.
To browse the public SVN repository during creation of this presentation, visit