Student Symposium

Oral Presenters

1. Individual presentations are scheduled for 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions and answers. Some group presentations are scheduled for a longer period in which case 10 minutes will be allowed for questions.

2. To be an effective presenter, you must be able to explain your work to a student peer and faculty member outside your discipline. We expect you to practice your talk several times with your faculty sponsor. If you are able to give your presentation without the use of prepared text and notes, that would be ideal.

3. On Symposium day, arrive at least 5 minutes prior to your session. Identify yourself to the moderator assigned to your session (wait until the current session ends). You can tell the moderator how to pronounce your name and provide any special information you would like included in your introduction.

4. The moderator will open and close the session and will introduce each presenter. Moderators are responsible for keeping the panels on schedule, and they will mediate the discussion after the presentations. Moderators will not allow talks to run past the allotted time for the presentation.

You should be thoroughly prepared to present your talk if technology fails. Bring your notes/critical handouts you may need if PowerPoint fails. Technology if NOT foolproof, even if you take all the precautions indicated above.

Poster Presenters

1. Prepare posters that can fit on a 4 ft. x 4 ft. poster board. Make sure you include your presentation title, name, and department. You are also encouraged to include your abstract, as not everyone who comes to your poster will have read it in the program.

2. We strongly encourage you to practice your poster presentation with your faculty sponsor. Your presentation should take 3-5 minutes.

Remember, to be an effective presenter, you must be able to explain your work to a student peer or faculty member outside your discipline.

3. Poster boards (black foam board), easels and long pins will be available to mount your posters.

4. You must be at your poster for the entire session. For group posters, please arrange for at least one presenter to be present at all times.


For all other questions regarding the Symposium Schedule, contact Professor Kent Grote, or Harriet Doud.