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Presentation Formats

Oral Presentations

Students who choose this format will be grouped by academic area, and if the number of submissions is large enough, by sub-disciplines within an academic area, by research topic, or by research method (but always within the academic area chosen by the student.)

Each student will have 15 minutes to present her/his research and to answer questions. Some session moderators will hold all questions until all students have made a presentation, therefore, students should plan their remarks for no more than 12 minutes.

Although there is no limit on the number of students who may participate in a single oral presentation, we recommend no more than 2 and that anyone else who participated in the research be listed as a co-author.

All classrooms used for the conference are multi-media equipped with computers that have web access. We also encourage students using visual aids to look at formats such as Prezi ( that can be saved on and retrieved from the web. If you are not using an internet-accessible presentation format, please bring a flash drive with your presentation on it. The computer in each room is a networked PC. Tips for creating an oral presentation of research:

  • Bad and Good Presentations Example Video (Watch this if nothing else! A short 2-minute video that gives great examples about what not to do!)
  • Ten Tips (Especially rule #2 "less is more" and #7 "practice and time your presentation")
  • Fifteen Tips Even more great information! (Especially about the issue of dealing with "nerves.")

Poster Presentations

This year's conference will feature dedicated two 60-minute poster sessions. Each presenter will have her/his work displayed for one of these sessions, with the schedule being determined by the subject matter. All posters will be displayed without any conflict from oral presentations in that same discipline. Students should be available to talk about their poster for for at least half of the display time.

Posters should be 32x56 or 40x56. We provide the stands (tables with stands or easels) and the push-pins to hold them in place. We provide black foam boards that are 40x60, so please keep this in mind as you print your poster. All you need to bring is the poster.

Tips for creating poster presentations of research:

Visual Arts

Students who choose to present their art work will do so in the lobby of Irwin Library. Last year, all art work was displayed for the entire day. If we have a large number of submissions, we may need to have two sessions.

When you register your art submission, you'll need to tell us the title, the medium, and the dimensions of your submission.* Also, you'll need to provide an artist statement.

Tips for writing an artist statement:

*All abstracts and artist statements will be available online after the conference at the Butler URC Website.