Apeiron presentation guidelines
exhibits will be displayed horizontally on 4 ft x 6 ft cork boards. Push pins
can be used to attach items to the boards, and participants are expected to
provide their own push pins. Handouts and small display objects can be mounted
on the boards. A limited number of display boards near tables with access to
electricity are also available. Please select this option only if your display
requires electrical equipment or display that is too large to be attached to
the cork board. Specialized equipment (computers, extension cords, power
strips, projection screens, etc.) must be provided by participants.
Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes (including presentation and time
for questions). Computers and projection units will be available (both Mac and
PC) for students who wish to complete PowerPoint presentations. Participants
will be responsible for providing their computer presentations on either a CD,
a floppy disk or a USB drive.
for exhibitions and performances are made on a case-by-case basis based on the
nature of the exhibition/performance. Participants need to be aware that the
Memorial Union does not allow items to be affixed to the walls.
professionally. No jeans, no athletic shoes, no t-shirts, or sweatshirts.
For men, a suit is not a requirement, but men should strive for
professional attire. Women should also avoid jeans, athletic shoes,
t-shirts and sweatshirts. Skirts should not be short. Avoid styles that
expose midsections. The point is that researchers want their audience focused
on their research - the ideas - and not the appearance of the researcher.
Whether you are presenting orally or presenting a poster, practice what
you are going to say. Stumbling over words distracts from the quality of
- An oral
presentation is simply the oral form of a written research project. Done
well, presenters write multiple drafts of the paper so that they present
orally a project they know in depth. Presenters should not work from
something they wrote by hand the day of the presentation.
- Make sure not to
exceed the allotted time. Read oral presentations should not exceed ten
pages in length, approximately the equivalent of ten to twelve minutes.
Presenters may also present using outlines of the larger written work. In
either case, presenters must practice their presentation, time it several
times to make sure that the presentation does not exceed the allotted
- Whether the
presenter reads or presents from an outline, eye contact is crucial in
order to engage the audience.
- Practice using
the appropriate technology. Make sure that the Power Point slide show,
images, etc., fit appropriately with the oral presentation.
- Do not read
Power Point bullet points. An oral presentation for an academic audience
is not the same as a Power Point presentation. Power Point (and similar
technology) should supplement the oral presentation. It should not be the
First and foremost,
remember that a poster presentation is a visual presentation of your research.
That means, quite simply, that the visual considerations are important.
- People read left
to right, top left to bottom right on a poster. Make sure that you arrange
the information on the poster logically according to that format.
- Don't use small
fonts. You don't want the viewer to search for a magnifying glass to
figure out what you try to argue with your poster.
- A good poster
should not be all text. If you are going to have three panels of text,
then why aren't you presenting orally? Use non-text visuals (charts,
diagrams, photographs, etc.) as appropriate and necessary to support your
- A good poster
focuses on a clear thesis. Organize all material on the poster to support
the thesis, not distract from it.
- You do not have
to spend lots of money constructing your poster, but it should appear
professional, nevertheless. Don't incorporate handwritten panels, hastily
and sloppily stuck to poster board.
- Tables are
available for displays and/or computer-generated presentations. Make sure
you indicate what type of poster you will present in your online
registration form. If you use display boards Apeiron provides, make sure
that your materials are appear professional and are arranged as outlined
- Prepare a three
to five minute presentation about your poster to give to viewers. Practice
it. Be prepared to answer additional questions about your research and
additional information about preparing posters, see 'Creating Effective Poster
Presentations: An Effective Poster' at http://www.ncsu.edu/project/posters/NewSite/