Presentation Guidelines

A variety of objects representing discovery and research (including a computer, light bulb, writing utensils, and books) sit on a set of stacked lines representing a table. Text states "Discover New Perspectives"

Your judges will be from a variety of backgrounds on campus, and will most likely have little to no exposure to your field.  Please keep in mind it is your responsibility to explain your research to them, not the other way around.  There are example judging sheets for each category to help guide you when putting together a competitive presentation.

Research Oral Presentations

These 15 minute presentations should showcase your research project, including background information, societal impact, methodology, data, results, and/or conclusions.  All of these topics do not need to be covered – just whatever you feel is appropriate to accurately convey your project to a wide audience.  Some field-specific jargon is accepted if it is well-defined, but remember that your judges will not be from your background.

We are asking judges to hold questions to the end of the presentations, and your ability to address their questions may be a part of your final score.  This question period will take no more than 5 minutes.

We strongly recommend the use of a visual aid for these presentations, whether that be PowerPoint, a paper handout, or anything else you can think of.  Just notify Kisha and Sharon ASAP if you’ll need some type of special A/V setup so we can work with IT to accommodate you.

Flash Talk Presentations

Inspired by the Center for Communicating Science’s Popcorn Talks, these 5-minute presentations should showcase a presenter’s research to the general public.  It’s a pitch you’d give to a family member to explain your research.  We recommend focusing on the societal impact of your research and avoid field-specific jargon unless it is excellently defined.  Methods and graph-filled data are not required, but presenting results and concluding the impact of your research is strongly recommended.   Remember – there is time for maybe one question from the judges between presentations, but this is optional and your presentation should need no additional explanations.

Feel free to use visual aids outside of PowerPoint, but if they require the use of the A/V system let us know so we can make sure the room is setup to accommodate you.

Poster Presentations

The poster presentations will be taking place from 4-6 PM during the Reception.  Each presenter should expect 2-3 judges to approach them (they will be wearing nametags that identify them as judges) and give them a short 5-7 minute overview of their poster and project.  The judges may ask questions during the presentation or after, and the total time each judge spends at the poster should be less than 10 minutes.  What you choose to include on your poster is up to you, as well as what portions of your poster you choose to present for judging.  We recommend defining field-specific jargon and including background information on your poster to help set the stage for the judges.  We ask that you remain at your poster for the majority of the two hours, and will be working to schedule all the judges for the first 1-1.5 hours so you will have time to enjoy the reception following judging.

Printed posters should be no larger than 4’x5’ (48in x 60 in).


Symposium Scoring

Judges will use different scoring sheets for each type of presentation. These scoring sheets are: