Presenting your work is an important learned skill that requires practice. All students must present a minimum of two seminars to the department. Prior to the preliminary examination, you must give a public seminar on the topic of your dissertation proposal. A public dissertation defense constitutes the second seminar.
While Ph.D. students are required to present twice, additional presentations at department seminars are encouraged. The departments hosts a weekly lunchtime talk series, EATS, at which graduate students regularly present aspects of their research. You are also strongly encouraged to discuss your work throughout the year in the numerous informal individual laboratory meetings and special seminars that exist in the department.