the Directed Reading Program

DRP Presentation Days

Below you will find information about the DRP Presentation Days, how to schedule your talk, and resources like tips for giving a good math talk.

DRP Talks are about communicating math to your peers!

The goal here is to communicate a flavor of your reading project in a 10-minute talk (either on chalkboard or slides) to other participants or those interested in doing a DRP in the future. This is great practice for communicating mathematics in a very low-stakes and friendly environment.

DRP Talks are not meant to be lectures!

The talks can be as informal (e.g. working out a few examples drawn on the board) or as formal (e.g. state a theorem and demonstrate an example of it) as you’d like, as long as the audience leaves with some idea of the kind of mathematics that you read about throughout the semester.

Mentees: click here to schedule your DRP Talk by November 22nd! 👈

The Fall 2022 DRP Presentation Days are as follows.

We ask that students stay for the entire session, as it’s a great opportunity to support your peers and learn some interesting mathematics. However, we understand if you have course conflicts.

If you are unable to present at any of the sessions above: please send us an email. There are other opportunities, like at the Math Club or URMS, where you can talk about your DRP reading.

Tips for a good math talk:

Plan your talk early!

Examples, Examples, Examples!

Examples are a great way to communicate mathematics. For instance, you can:

Practice with your mentor!

Practice is the most important thing you can do to ensure that your talk is successful. Make sure that you fully understand the whole content of your talk. Think about your handwriting and board organization when you practice. Since the DRP talks are so short, you can and should practice the talk at least twice, and at least once with your mentor.

Write accurately for the deaf, speak clearly for the blind!

Some in the audience will be bad at listening to you, some will be bad at following your boardwork. Try your best to accomodate both groups and everyone will enjoy your talk.

Past Presentations 👈

Other Resources

Here are more tips from Stanford’s DRP presentation guidelines.