Advice from Previous HPS 402 Students for your Presentations and Literature Review & Policy Memos:
Do not wait until the last minute
If you’re stuck, ask for help from the librarian or Professor Draus.
I decided to gather my sources early, and that really gave me a leg up when writing my memo. Also, always ask questions!
Waiting until the last day will not be the best decision. Also, have your papers peer-reviewed prior to submission.
For the Literature Review and Policy Memo, make sure you keep in one direction, it is very easy to be split multiple ways during research.
Pick a topic that you already know a little bit about and that you are passionate about. When you have a connection to your topic, it is easier to be persuasive.
Brainstorm your interests and choose a topic you are passionate about.
Really understand your topic and have a narrow idea of what you want to talk about. Also know what policy you want to make and find really good sources to help you when writing either one.
Choose a topic that you will be able to find community level stats/data on. Don’t be afraid to look at multiple sources and see which fits your assignment best.
It’s going to be very confusing in the beginning but when you have the rights sources and topics it makes it so much better. I changed my topic a couple of times before my final presentation and paper.
Ask questions if you’re not sure about the information you have gathered. Don’t read the slides directly from the PowerPoint, and engage your audience in questions when presenting.
For the presentation, be prepared, keep slides short and simple, add a greater understanding through your own words