Oral Presentations

Student presenters have 10 minutes to speak from organized talking points or read from a polished paper about their scholarly project, followed by a 5 minute Q & A. They will have access to a computer, PowerPoint, projection and Internet/wifi capabilities and be placed in sessions of three to four presenters around common themes and disciplines. Session chairs will introduce presenters, ensure they do not exceed their allotted speaking time, and facilitate audience questions and discussion after the presentations.

Preparing Presentations

  • Prepare and practice your presentation so that it is concise, clear, evidenced and effectively delivered.
  • Your presentation must be no more than 15 minutes, to include Q&A.
  • Your topic, thesis and/or methodology should be accessible to your audience, which may include people who are not specialists in your field.
  • Effective delivery includes good pace; appropriate volume; inviting posture, smile and eye contact; straightforward organization; and effective use of Power Point and handouts (beware of too many or too few Power Point slides!).
  • Seek editorial assistance and a practice audience from peers and/or faculty advisor(s).

Day of the Conference

  • Know the scheduled time and location of your presentation. Arrive early; locate your presentation room; arrive to your panel session at least 10 minutes early; if relevant, load your PowerPoint presentation on the room computer. Out of respect to your fellow presenters, it is expected that you will attend your entire session, not only your portion.
  • Introduce yourself to the session chair. S/he is there to support you; provide info so that s/he can introduce you before your presentation.
  • Bring presentation materials: notes; essay/talking points; visual aids, handouts and/or PowerPoint (on a thumb drive).
  • Present yourself well: dress professionally, wear your nametag, turn off or silence your cell phone and/or personal computer.
  • Be prepared to learn: this is an opportunity to confidently share your hard work and to humbly look forward to respectful questions and constructive feedback.
  • Good news: being nervous does not hurt your credibility or authority.
  • Have fun and enjoy!
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