Tips about the ​proposal in oral exam

When you propose an idea in the oral exam, make sure you can do the following:

  1. Prepare ~ 30 min slides without interruptions
  2. State clearly what you propose
  3. Explain why you want to do the proposed research. Use background literature to support your arguments
  4. List the experiments that you propose to conduct and state the expected results.
  5. Prepare some backup plans. What will you do alternatively if the proposed experiments do not yield the expected results?
  6. Do not introduce concepts/techniques that you have no idea of. Be ready to explain a concept or technique in detail.
  7. Do not panic. You will surely get questions that you cannot answer. But try your best and handle it well.

If things go well (fingers crossed), you may be asked to give a lightning talk (~ 5 min) summarizing your research efforts.