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Presentation Guidelines

Presentation Format (poster, oral or lightning) is determined by discipline and degree level.

  • Doctoral level students: All doctoral level students will present in a special “lightning” round oral presentation (5 minute presentations).
  • Master’s & Undergraduate level students: Undergraduate and Master’s level students will present in the poster presentation format, with the exception of humanities and social sciences. Undergraduate and Master’s level students in humanities and social sciences will present 15-minute oral presentations.
  Current Degree Level
Discipline Category Undergraduate Master's Doctoral
Agriculture & Natural Resources Poster Poster 5-min Lightning
Business & Information Technology Poster Poster 5-min Lightning
Education Poster Poster 5-min Lightning
Engineering & Computer Science Poster Poster 5-min Lightning
Biomedical & Health Sciences Poster Poster 5-min Lightning
Life Sciences Poster Poster 5-min Lightning
Mathematics & Physical Sciences Poster Poster 5-min Lightning
Architecture & Visualization Poster Poster 5-min Lightning
Humanities 15-min Oral 15-min Oral 5-min Lightning
Social Sciences 15-min Oral 15-min Oral 5-min Lightning

Architecture & Visualization: This new category may include projects related to the built, natural, or virtual environment, including topics in architecture, design, landscape architecture, urban or community planning, construction, visualization,  graphic design, animation, virtual reality/augmented reality, etc.

Click here to see the complete list of Categories & Fields.

Poster Presentation Requirements 

  • Only one poster submission per presenter is permitted.
  • Required poster dimensions: 36 inches wide x 48 inches high (portrait). 
  • Title, author(s), department, university, and mentor’s name should be placed at the top center of the poster. If there is more than one author, identify the presenter(s) with an asterisk.
  • The title should be in letters at least a 1/2 inch high. Materials will have to be read by attendees from a distance of 3 feet or more, so lettering on illustrations should be large and legible.
  • Materials should be displayed in a logical sequence (e.g. abstract, introduction, method, and results or conclusion). This may vary by discipline, so check with your faculty mentor/advisor for guidance.
  • Presenters are responsible for mounting their own poster during the assigned setup period prior to the opening of the session and for removing it during the designated time.
    • Thumb tacks will be provided to mount posters. If a different mounting material is required, please plan to bring it.
  • Presenters should bring business cards or note contact information on the poster for follow-up questions and networking. Providing 8.5 x 11 printout copies of the poster can also be used as a networking tool. 
  • Presenters must remain by their poster during their assigned session judging period.
  • As you prepare your poster, check with your university resources or research other resources for poster formatting and poster presentation tips.


Oral Presentation Requirements

  • Arrive at your designated presentation site at least 15 minutes prior to your designated time slot.
  • Undergraduate and master's level students will have 15 minutes to present: 12 minutes for the presentation and 3 minutes for questions from the judges.
  • Visual Support: PowerPoint presentation. 


Lightning Presentation Requirements

  • Arrive at your designated presentation site at least 15 minutes prior to your designated time slot.
  • Doctoral students will participate in "lightning" rounds of five-minute presentations. The top presentations will advance until there is a sole finalist selected to present at the closing ceremony. Presentations should focus on dissertation and record of student research topics.
  • Visual Support: 1 title slide to include name, presentation title, advisor name, university and 1 content slide (PowerPoint format). 
    • Content slide should be static – no animations, videos, or sound. 
  • Presentation should be 5 minutes and appropriate for a non-specialist audience. There is no question & answer section.

Judging Rubrics

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