December marks the time of year where final year undergraduates at my institution present their proposed research programme via a conference poster. At their allotted time, two faculty members will visit the student’s poster, and ask the student to talk them through their planned project (just as if you were at a conference). After this 3-5 minute speech, the floor is open to the two faculty members to ask questions.
This is always an enjoyable assessment from the staff point of view (and even the students enjoy it!). However, this year I noticed a worrying trend from pretty much every student I spoke to. Continue reading