Thesis Talks

Since September 2013 the thesis talk is part of the major research training project of all master students in Chemistry and Life Science & Technology and constitutes a training in presenting original research work to a group of non-peers.
The intended audience comprises your fellow master students and a jury of two staff members that will discuss the grade of the research project with the mentor, who has the final responsibility for grading the project.

The aim of the thesis talk
  • Students learn how to disseminate their research results to a broader audience.
  • Attending students obtain an overview of current research done by our master students in LST and Chemistry.
  • Attendance of an independent jury at the thesis talks allows the exam committee to monitor the equivalence and uniformity of the grading of research projects in the institute.
Practical points
  1. After approval of the final thesis, the student initiates the thesis talk
    preparations and the mentor prepares the research project evaluation using the online thesis grading system. This form must be available two weeks for a planned date to allow for the composition of the independent jury composed by the study coordinator.
  2. The names of members of the jury are public and are announced together with the title of the thesis talk on this web site.
  3. A digital copy of the FINAL thesis should be added to the evaluation at least one week before the planned thesis talk date.
  4. On Wednesday or Thursday afternoon slots are available for thesis talks and colloquia. Reservation requests should be addressed to Maxim Kuil (msc-coordinator@lic.leidenuniv.nl/071 527 4416). Check the calendar for available slots.
  5. The thesis talk consists of a 20-25 minutes presentation with a 5 minutes discussion of the research work performed during the major research project. The student is responsible for the compatibility of the used presentation equipment.
  6. The mentor and the jury discuss the delivered thesis talk and the grade of the research project.
  7. The mentor discusses the evaluation form and final grade with the student and submits the “tentamenkaart” at the educatief centrum.
  8. Students that started in September 2013 have to attend at least 20 colloquia and/or thesis talks. Students that started earlier will attend a lower number between 10 and 20 proportional to time lapsed since September 2013.
  9. For embargoed research the mentor must request an exemption for a public presentation of the thesis talk addressed to the educational director of the program.
  10. The exam committee monitors the evaluation process and grading of the research project by sampling and comparing high and low graded reports.

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