Presentation Options

Please decide on one* of the presentation styles listed below.

Poster Presentation

You will create a 36 in. by 48 in. poster (deadline for submitting posters for printing is 4 p.m. Friday, April 14) and prepare a 2-3 minute summary about your I.S. Your poster will be displayed for the whole Symposium. You will be in attendance at your poster to chat with people as they walk by.

Oral Presentation

You will prepare a 12 minute speech about your I.S. This can be accompanied by PowerPoint or other digital media presentation as applicable to your project, digital media should be uploaded to the assigned room's computer the day before the Symposium. Presenters will be placed in groups of three with a common thread (if possible). If you know of two others who share a common theme and have also applied to do an oral presentation, you are encouraged to indicate this and will be placed together if possible.

Three Minute Thesis - NEW!

We would like to pilot this year the “Three Minute Thesis”.  We will hold sessions with 8-10 students each, organized by theme or topic.  This provides you a quick, but succinct story of your thesis that you can share with others (the elevator speech).  We will be videotaping these sessions. Also, we will be contacting any students who choose this option to help you prepare. If your department requires a presentation, please check with your advisor about whether this will be acceptable.

Musical or Theatrical Performance 

Students who wish to present a musical piece, dance, or short one-act play should choose this option. Also, students with a pre-recorded performance that they would like to show should also choose this option. In addition to the application, students who choose this option must speak with their department and make the necessary arrangements for the performance.

Art Exhibition or Theatrical Display 

This option is usually chosen by students in Studio Art, Set Design or Costuming. If you are planning to be a part of the group exhibition in the CWAM or if you have a theatrical display that will take more space than a traditional poster, please choose this option. Students choosing this option should prepare a 2-3 minute summary about their I.S. You will be expected to be with your display during this time to talk with people who pass by.

Time slot: 9 a.m.-11 a.m. or 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Digital Presentation 

The sky is the limit in this category. If you are interested in a new technology and presenting your I.S. in a unique and creative way, this is the choice for you. Students here may design a website, create a video, create a web 2.0 application, or do something I have never heard about.

Time slot: 9 a.m.-11 a.m. or 1 p.m.-3 p.m in CoRE (for most students)


If you have an idea for a presentation that clearly does not fit into one of these categories, there is a place on the application for this as well. However you must contact Denise Krain to discuss the details of your plan before April 7.

*If you are a double major and you would like to give two different presentations, you may by submitting two applications. If your department requires a poster presentation and you would also like to give another presentation you may also submit two applications. Other than these two exceptions, students should plan on one presentation.