Presentation Formats

Oral Presentations (including Competitive Paper submissions)

Oral Presentations are a 10-13 minute summary of an author's research with a 2-3 minute Q&A session immediately following the presenter's remarks. Those interested in submitting an oral presentation will only need to submit a one paragraph abstract of their project.

Presenters who choose the Oral Presentation format are grouped by discipline and, if the number of submissions is large enough, by sub-disciplines within an academic area, by research topic, or by research method (but always within the discipline chosen by the student.)

Although there is no limit on the number of students who may participate in a single oral presentation, we recommend no more than two students present and that anyone else involved with the research be listed as a co-author.

All classrooms used for the conference are multi-media equipped with networked PCs that have access to the Web. We also encourage students using visual aids to consider using formats such as Prezi since presentations can be saved and retrieved directly from the Web. If you are not using an Internet-accessible presentation format, be sure to bring a flash drive with your presentation saved on it so that you may upload it in your assigned presentation room the day of the conference.

Competitive Papers

If you have a completed research project and would like to submit a competitive paper, follow these steps after you've clicked Create Presentation:

  • Under Presentation Type, select “Competitive Paper (includes an Oral Presentation)"
  • Enter the Title of your paper
  • Under Discipline, select "Competitive Papers--All Disciplines (includes an oral presentation)”
  • Paste or type your abstract
  • If your paper is co-authored, enter the name, email address, and university affiliation of your other author(s). If you are the sole author, you need not enter any other names.
  • Enter the name, email, and university affiliation of your faculty sponsor.
  • Identify whether or not you'd like to have your paper stored in Butler's Digital Commons
  • Click Save
  • On the new page, click Register to Attend and answer the questions regarding a t-shirt, breakfast, and lunch. Then click Save Registration.
  • On the new page, click Checkout
  • If applicable, enter payment information then click on Submit Payment.
  • On the new page, click Submit Presentation.
  • On the new page, scroll all the way down to the bottom and click the blue "Submit" button on the left
  • Once you have registered and submitted your abstract, you must e-mail your completed paper as an attachment to no later than 5:00 PM EDT Feb. 14 or it will not be reviewed or presented.

Those delivering Competitive Papers have 15 minutes to present their remarks. All papers submitted for competitive review will be evaluated by faculty. The four highest ranking papers will be featured in a “Top Four Competitive Papers” session. The author(s) of the highest-ranking will be awarded $300; the author(s) of the second highest ranked paper will be awarded $150, and the authors of the third and fourth highest ranked paper will be awarded $50.

Competitive Papers Requirements:

  • Must not exceed 25 pages (not including Title page or References/Works Cited pages)
  • Must be written in English (since these papers are to be geared to a general audience)
  • May use APA, MLA, or Chicago style
  • Must not have been previously published
  • Must be the sole work of the students (i.e., faculty members cannot be co-authors)

Tips for creating your oral presentation:

  • Bad and Good Presentations Example Video: Watch this if nothing else! A short 2-minute video that features great examples about what not to do!
  • Ten Tips: Especially rule #2 "less is more" and #7 "practice and time your presentation"
  • Fifteen Tips: Even more great information! Especially about the issue of dealing with "nerves."

Poster Presentations

A Poster Presentation is a graphic presentation of an author's research. Authors illustrate their findings by displaying graphs, photos, diagrams, and a small amount of text on the poster boards.

This year's conference will feature two poster sessions. Each presenter will have her/his work displayed during one of these sessions, with the schedule being determined by the subject matter. Students are expected to be present for the duration of the session, but will only present during half the session (even numbered presenters will present during the first half and odd numbered presenters will present during the second half).

Posters should be 32x56 or 40x56 (landscape orientation). The URC will provide the easels, the poster board, and the push-pins to hold the poster in place.

We provide black foam boards that are 40" high x 56" wide, so please keep this in mind as you print your poster. All you need to bring with you to the conference is your poster as we will not be able to accommodate laptops and the like due to fire code.

Tips for creating posters:

Research Roundtables

To continue our focus on assisting developing scholars, the URC will feature another venue for students to share proposed research projects or preliminary results: Research Roundtables. Students will submit a brief abstract of the project they intend to complete or have partially completed. On the day of the URC, students will be grouped according to research interests/methodologies and will participate in a roundtable discussion whereby they share the status of their project and receive feedback from seasoned researchers.