We accept submissions for both oral and poster presentations. Although there are many good sources of advice on professional presentations both in print and on the web, below we have listed some information you may find helpful in preparing for this conference.
Each oral presentation will be 15 minutes in total, including a 10-minute presentation and 5 minutes for Q&A. Participants will be able to use PowerPoint and will have access to the Internet. Participants should bring their PowerPoint presentations loaded onto USB drives, and should plan to come 15 minutes in advance of their presentation session to load the PowerPoint onto the computer.
You should prepare a clear and concise 10-minute oral presentation covering: introduction, methods, results, and discussion. Be sure that the listener understands:
- the major problem or question you are studying
- the methods that you used
- what you found
- what it means to the major theories in the field.
Poster presentations should be displayed on standard, 36″ X 48″ tri-fold, poster presentation boards. This will allow the posters to stand on tables for the poster session. These boards should available for purchase at most campus bookstores and office supply stores, such as Staples or Office Depot. If you plan to attach a rolled presentation to the board at the conference, please be sure to bring along the materials you need to attach it (ex. binder clips, tape, tacks).
Poster presenters should plan to come 15 minutes in advance of their poster session to set up their posters. When you get to the conference you will get a program. In the program will be your poster number. You can find the location for setting up your poster by looking for your number on the tables in the room where the poster session will take place.
It is usually easier to read if you use columns and move left to right. It is usually best to follow the basic APA organization of introduction, methods, results, and discussion. However, you should use whatever headers best fit your project. Use as many graphical representations as possible and avoid long sections of text, which are hard to read on a poster. Text should be read easily from 3-4 feet away. The best fonts are large (around 24 point) and easy to read (like Arial or Helvetica). Develop an outline with main points, and then verbally explain the details to your viewers. You should practice using your poster by preparing a brief, flexible 3-5 minute verbal description of your work.