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Fr. David Pratt, chair
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Getting started: First steps • Presentation formats
Guidelines for abstracts and research statements
Guidelines for individual and co-authored presentations (1-2 presenters)
Guidelines for topic-centered panel presentations (2-3 presenters)
Guidelines for group/team presentations (3+ presenters)
Guidelines for poster sessions (1-2 presenters)
Guidelines for individual and co-authored presentations
- One presenter, or two presenters in
the case of co-authorship.
- One 15 minute talk plus five minute
question and answer period.
This format is intended for presenters of a
single-topic academic paper or research project. In the
past, the norm has been one speaker presenting his or
her individual research paper or project. This category
is also appropriate for co-authored work.
If a research paper is co-authored, this must be
stated and explained in the research proposal.
Applicants should provide a rationale for including two
presenters rather than one, especially if it is not
obvious from the methodology or multi-disciplinary
nature of the project.
- When crafting your presentation,
assume that the audience knows nothing
about your specific topic, but is
interested in learning more about your
Hint: Consider an introduction that does one
of the following:
- Places your research topic in a
- Tells the audience how you first
became interested in your topic.
- Informs the audience about a major
scholarly debate on the topic.
- Refers to new discoveries or
theories on the subject.
- Plan to highlight one or two aspects
of your research project, since there
will not be enough time to present your
entire project in detail.
- Practice and time your presentation so that you will
know exactly how much information to offer.
Hint: If you come from a discipline that
typically prepares a written paper for academic
conferences (i.e., the Humanities), you should plan for
five to six double-spaced pages.
Hint: Even if you plan to read your Scholars Day paper, you
should practice it enough times so that you are comfortable looking up and
making eye contact frequently with the audience!
- Consider preparing visual aids, such as PowerPoint
slides, Prezi slides, and/or printed handouts.
- If you do plan to use visual aids, save your
presentation on a flash drive in a Windows compatible format
and bring it with you to the presentation room.