Instructions for Verbal Presentations
Verbal Presentation will take place in the evening (approximately 5:00P.M. - 7:00P.M.). Students needing an early or late slot due to a conflict will be accommodated to the best of our abilities. Due to talks of differing lengths and possible last-minute withdraws, the research committee cannot assign each speaker a specific time slot. Students with no conflicts are expected to stay through all of the talks as a matter of courtesy.
Each presenter will be allotted 12 minutes for their presentation and questions. Ideally, talks should run no more than 9 minutes to allow few minutes for questions. Speakers are not required to have visual aids, but (where appropriate) use of overhead transparencies, PowerPoint presentations, or the chalkboard are allowed. Where no visual aids are needed (such as with a poetry reading), the judges will be informed that the speaker should not be penalized for lack of visual aids. The bottom line here is that a flashy PowerPoint presentation won't hurt a speaker's score, but it may not necessarily help. The speaker's verbal presentation is the main focus.
A computer with Internet access will be available in presentation room. Speakers planning on using PowerPoint or other electronic visual or audio aids should bring their files on a USB Flash drive, and should try to arrive early to the event to down-load their presentation to the desktop to avoid delays between speakers. We recommend that all students work with their advisors to test out their talks on a campus computer before the event, especially if the presentation was made using a Mac or if the student will be using their own laptop. For specific questions on what is supported, please contact the IT Service Desk at 570-450-3456.
Instructions for Poster Presentations
Students can obtain materials for assembling their posters in the hallway of the third floor of Kostos Building starting Monday, April 8. Posters should be assembled on a bulletin board at this location and will be transported to Graham Building for set-up early Wednesday, on the morning of the Research Fair (Please do not take the bulletin boards away from this area). Students should also be present beside their posters for as much of the time during the event as possible to address questions and speak with judges.
There will not be a formal workshop on poster presentations but students are strongly advised to discuss the format with their advisors. Examples of the posters from the previous year's Research Fair are displayed on the third floor of Kostos Building through most of the year. Winning posters from the past year will be displayed near the poster building supplies as examples of effective poster presentations.
The general format for poster presentations is as follows. Posters are attached to cork bulletin boards 4 feet wide by 3 feet high (provided by the Research Committee). The "poster" should be presented in 9 sections, each a standard 8 1/2 inch high by 11 inch wide (landscape) sheet of paper (supplied by the student) attached to an 11 inch high by 14 inch wide sheet of blue poster board (provided by the Research Committee). Posters should only be assembled horizontally on the bulletin boards (not vertically) to accommodate our hanging system.
While the Research Committee feels that standardization of posters is preferable, they recognize that this format may not lend itself to projects from all academic disciplines. For this reason, the Research Committee has decided to allow for variation on the general format, as needed. Students who need special equipment (such as computer) will be accommodated to the best of our ability, but it is up to the student to make us aware of this need as soon as possible. It should be noted that a computer will NOT be allowed in the poster presentation unless it is actually necessary (such as projects that involve development of a computer program). Students may not use a computer simply to enhance the presentation of material that can be adequately displayed on the poster.
Students who wish to keep their projects are welcome to remove them from the cork boards (students cannot keep the cork boards - we re-use them each year) one week after the fair. We request that students not remove their posters immediately after the fair as we would typically like to display the posters in the Graham lobby for at least several days following the event to allow viewing by as many people as possible.
- Undergraduate Research Requirements