Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Conference

Presentation Guidelines

Oral Presentations
Oral presentations will consist of a 15-minute discussion of the undergraduate student's research or scholarship, followed by a 5-minute question and answer period. The presentations should focus on the motivation for the research, methods of the research, results of the research, and general conclusions. Students should prepare a PowerPoint presentation to accompany their talks. Talks should be prepared for a general audience and discipline-specific jargon should be avoided when possible and clearly defined when necessary. All oral presentation rooms will be mediated with Windows PCs. Students should arrive early to their scheduled session and bring their presentations on a USB flash drive.

Poster Presentations
Poster presentations will need to fit within a poster board space that is 36 inches tall and 46 inches wide. Please do not exceed these dimensions as you are sharing poster board space. Posters should be designed to be a visual aid to assist the presenter in walking attendees through the research project. Large blocks of text should be avoided. Graphics, pictures, and figures should be used whenever possible. Presenters will be expected to accompany their poster during their poster session in order to discuss their research with those in attendance. A packet of push pins for poster presenters will be provided at the poster site.

Visual/Graphic Art Exhibits
The CAA supports undergraduate scholarship that results in the creation of original artistic compositions. Institutions are welcome to submit visual/graphic art exhibits as one of their "poster" presentations. Visual/graphic art display must be able to fit one of the three guidelines below:

  • fit in the 36" x 46" poster board area
  • be able to be displayed on a standard collapsible easel *
  • be able to be displayed on a 2 ft. x 2 ft. pedestal *

         * If easel or pedestal is required, please note it in the “Special Accommodations” field on the

          Student  Registration Form.

Large installations or displays are discouraged due to the pragmatic constraints transporting, storing and displaying these types of exhibits. TU is not responsible for the transportation or storage of artistic displays or exhibits. Students should come to their poster session prepared to discuss the research and scholarship activities that led to their original art display.

All presenters should work with their faculty advisers to prepare their presentation. Presentations are expected to be of the quality of a national professional conference presentation in the students' academic discipline.





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