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Presentation Guidelines

Overhead view of the presentation floor, attendees and presenters surround all of the poster set ups

Abstract Guidelines

For more information on how to complete an abstract, as well as an example of an abstract, view the Abstract Guidelines.

The majority of students participating in Pathways will present in the poster presentation format, with the exception of all doctoral-level students and all students in the humanities or social sciences.
  • If you are an undergraduate or masters level student in social science or humanities, you will present in the 15-minute oral presentation format.
  • If you are a doctoral level student, in any discipline, you will present in a special "lighting style" round oral competition.
  • If you are an undergraduate or masters level student in any discipline besides social science or humanities, you will present in the poster format.

Poster Presentation Guidelines

Here are the guidelines for presenting in a poster presentation format:

  • Only one poster per presenter can be accommodated.
  • The poster should not exceed 3 feet X 4 feet.
  • Place the title, author(s), department, university and mentor's name 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 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 30 minute setup period prior to the opening of the session and for removing it as soon as possible after the session closes.
  • Presenters should bring business cards or note contact information on the poster for follow-up questions and networking.
  • Presenters must remain by their poster during their assigned session judging period.

Oral Presentation Guidelines

Doctoral-level students and students in the humanities or social sciences will participate in the oral presentation format. Here are the guidelines for oral presentations:

  • Arrive at your designated presentation site at least 30 minutes prior to your designated time slot.
  • Doctoral students will participate in "lightning" style rounds of five-minute presentations. The top presentations will advance until there is a sole finalist selected to present at the closing ceremony.
  • 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.