Presentation Formats

Oral Presentations (including Competitive Paper submissions)

Oral Presentations are a 10-minute summary of the research project with a 2-3 minute Q&A session. Those interested in submitting an oral presentation need only 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 that 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 presenters 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 the day of the conference.

Competitive Papers

If you have a completed research project and would like to submit a competitive paper, select “Oral Presentation," select "Competitive Paper” as your discipline, and then insert your abstract. Once you have registered, you must e-mail your completed paper as an attachment to no later than 11:59 PM EDT Feb. 15 or it will not be reviewed or presented.

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 for 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 a research project. 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. Scheduled presenters will have their work displayed during one of these sessions, with the schedule being determined by the subject matter. Students are required to be present for the duration of the session; however, presenters assigned even numbers will present during the first half of the session and presenters assigned odd numbers will present during the second half of the session.

Posters should be 32x56 or 40x56. The URC will provide the stands (tables with stands or easels) and the push-pins to hold them in place.

We provide black foam boards that are 40x60, so please keep this in mind as you print your poster. All you need to bring is the poster.

Tips for creating posters:

Research Roundtables

To continue our focus on assisting developing scholars, the URC offers Research Roundtables as a venue for students to share proposed research projects or preliminary research results. 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 discussion whereby they share the status of their project and receive feedback from seasoned researchers.

Art Exhibits

Students who choose to exhibit their art work will do so in Irwin Library; unlike the Poster Sessions, artists need not be present at the exhibit since a submitted Artist Statement will be posted near each submission.

When you register your art exhibit submission, you'll need to supply the title, the medium, and the dimensions of your submission* as well as provide a 250-word Artist Statement.

Tips for writing an artist statement

*All abstracts and Artist Statements will be available online after the conference at the Butler URC Website.