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Types of Presentations

The majority of student presentations at the SMSU Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) typically fall into one of two types, an Oral Presentation or a Poster Presentation. While most presentations will be given in-person, we also have a virtual option, where students can present live via Zoom. There are however, other types of presentations that may occur at the URC. For example, each year Creative Writing majors read some of their original work and often Art students will display some of their art creations. Students should consult with their faculty advisor when selecting the appropriate presentation type.

Oral Presentation (In-Person)

Oral presentations are typically a maximum of 10-12 minutes long with 2-3 minutes for questions and transition time to the next speaker. Oral presenters often elect to present using a PowerPoint slideshow. The completed PowerPoint file must be submitted online via the below link no later than 11:59 p.m. Sunday, November 26, 2023. The Conference Coordinator will then ensure that Session Chairs have access to all presentations in their session and can load them if necessary. **Do NOT use Google Slides to create or format your PowerPoint. Alternative applications will negatively impact formatting.

Poster Presentation

Posters are created using the SMSU poster template (see downloadable template below). The template is a single PowerPoint slide, and includes suggested layout and font sizes to be used. If you click the “Design” tab, you will see that there are several background color options available. Completed posters should be submitted via the online link below by the due date given to your Research Advisor (usually about 3 weeks prior to the conference date). Posters are printed in a 36”x48” size for presentation at the conference. **Do NOT use Google Slides to create or format your PowerPoint poster. Alternative applications may negatively affect poster formatting.

The morning of the conference, all posters will be delivered to each poster area. Each author is required to show up between 8:00-8:30 am that day to hang his or her poster in the designated location.


Virtual Presentations

Virtual presentations, using the platform Zoom, may be a preferred option for some presenters. Virtual presentations may be in the form of an oral presentation, poster presentation (see poster template above), or could display an artistic performance or exhibit – please consult with your research advisor as far as how to develop your presentation. Student presenters electing to present virtually are encouraged to share their presentation on their own computer screen as opposed to having the moderator share presentations. By sharing your own screen, you as the presenter have control as you move through your presentation and can also highlight things by using the mouse as a pointer, if you choose. Although most presenters will share their own screens, we still require that you submit your presentation prior to the conference, just in case there are any technology glitches. Unless otherwise requested, virtual presentations will have a 15-minute presentation time-slot. Plan on presenting the content of your presentation in 10-12 minutes, leaving 2-3 minutes for questions.

Artistic Performance

This format includes literary readings, theatre, music or dance and are original, or interpretation/research based on an existing work.  Performances may be solo or ensembles. A maximum of 30 minutes would be allotted for each individual performance, including a question and answer period.

Gallery Exhibit

All forms of visual art, including original painting, sculpture, photography, prints, textile arts, drawings, pottery, metal, etc. will be considered for acceptance as gallery exhibits.  When registering and submitting an application for the conference, please indicate any special equipment or space needs. Presenters will be expected to be available to discuss their exhibit at the assigned times.



 **Please adhere to submission deadlines. Late submissions may not be accepted. 


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