Presentation FAQs

Oral Presentations

How long should the oral presentation last?

  • Presentations should not extend beyond 15 minutes. After all the presenters in the session have presented, there will be 15 minutes for questions for all of the presenters.

What format should my PowerPoint be?

  • If using PowerPoint, be prepared to run it on a PC.

What should my presentation include?

  • Begin with an overview of the presentation – including background about the research, discuss your research (methods, results, discussion), summarize main points (conclusion, application).

Poster Presentations

What size should my poster be?  When can I set it up?

  • Posters size is up to the discretion of the presenter. There is enough board space for 3′ x 4′.

When can I set up my poster?

  • Poster can be set up on the morning of the conference, between 8:30 – 9:00am. Otherwise, please locate one of the conference committee members and we will be happy to assist you.

Do I need to bring tacks?

  • No, we will provide binder clips for you.

How should I design my poster?

  • Organize in sequential manner (numbering may help) so readers can easily navigate. Organizing in columns, rather than rows, helps keep reader’s attention.
  • Include background, methods, results and/or discussion, conclusions, application. Abstract can also be included if space permits.
  • In using text: avoid overloading the poster, use an active voice, keep sentences short and simple – use visuals where possible (pictures, graphics).
  • Title should be readable from 12 feet away and the text 6 feet away. Double space and left justify text for easy reading. Suggested font sizes: title: 72-120; subtitle: 48-80; section headings 36-72; content 24-48; keep one font for all content. Fonts lacking embellishment are easiest to read.
  • For emphasis, background color should contrast with text/graphics. Pastels have been shown to work best for easy reading.
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