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Presentation Instructions

Choosing a Research Project

Before you decide how you are going to present your research, you must have research to present.  See the Research Opportunities link to get started.

Choosing a Presentation Format

  1. Students may present their research as either oral or poster presentations at the conference, depending on their own preferences or those of their Department. The same project may not be submitted as both oral and poster format.
  2. Students should first check with their Department Liaison to determine if there is a preferred format. 
  3. In general, particularly if this is your first research presentation, if you are completing your work in the semester in which the conference occurs or the work is not in its final stage at the time of the URC, posters are a great way to synthesize your work and ensure that you have covered all aspects of your research.
  4. Oral presentations require a very polished and finished synthesis of ideas and conclusions and so typically are reserved for more extensive work (a thesis vs a class-project) that is in the very final stages.

Oral Presentation Instructions

  1. Students should upload their presentations in their assigned room:
    • For morning talks: prior to 8:30 AM on the day of the conference
    • For afternoon talks: between 12:00 PM and 12:30 PM on the day of the conference.
  2. Each student will have 12 minutes to speak with 3 minutes for questions. (A good rule of thumb for written speeches is 120 words per minute)
  3. Each room will be supplied with a computer with PowerPoint software and a projector. If you need additional AV equipment or other special accommodations for your presentation, you must inform the conference staff no later than one week before the conference. 
  4. Students will be informed of their presentation time and location by email.

Here are some links for pointers on giving a good conference oral presentation.

Poster Presentation Instructions

  1. Posters should be no larger than 5 feet wide x 3 feet tall in size. Students are responsible for mounting their own presentation on a foamboard that can be placed on an easel. Organizers cannot provide poster board for participants.
  2. Posters should be set up prior to 8:30 AM on the day of the conference.
  3. Each student should be present at their poster from 2 pm – 4 pm on the day of the conference.  Students are encouraged to also be present during coffee breaks (see conference schedule).  
  4. Students will be informed of their presentation location by email.

Check with your research advisor and/or your department liaison to see if your department has a plotter on which to print your poster.  Otherwise, the university has a printing service (Repros) in the lower floor of the Prospector Dining Facility.  

Here are some links for pointers on giving a good poster presentation: