Here’s a short, reasonably good report on a study of faculty opinions about what makes an excellent, good or unacceptable dissertation, from a book (Developing Quality Dissertations in the Social Sciences, B. E. Lovitt and E. L. Wert, Stylus Publishing, 2009).
I’m generally pretty critical of the traditional bulletpoint style for a presentation. But most people, of course, use them anyway. They might as well do it well.
Here is a presentation by former SI communications manager, Frank DeSanto, that he did for our summer undergraduate research program (REU) last year. He makes a number of good suggestions.