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Research Presentation Guidelines

Poster Guidelines

The Research Presentation Option is open to graduate students from all disciplines to present their research to a general audience. This option takes the place of the poster option that was held when the exhibition was in person. Given that it is difficult to view an actual research poster on a computer, tablet, or smart phone screen, we are asking exhibitors to put create a PowerPoint or similar presentation using individual slides in place of individual poster panels. In addition, exhibitors will be asked to record a narration of their slide presentations via the platform of their choice (e.g. Zoomnarrated PowerPoint, Kaltura). Essentially, exhibitors will be presenting their research via an oral presentation rather than a traditional research poster. Each presentation will have a comment box associated with it to allow viewers and judges to ask questions and for exhibitors to respond.  

The Research Presentation Option is distinguished from the Design Option in that the focus is on the research project and not the design of a product. For example, research into the impact of a specifically-designed product on users would be presented in the Research Presentation Option, while research leading to the design of the product itself would be presented in the Design Option.

Research Presentation Exhibitors will be required to upload submit 1) a publicly accessible link to a recording of their oral presentation, not to exceed five minutes in length, created in the platform of their choice (e.g. Zoom, narrated PowerPoint, Kaltura), (2) a pdf of the slides from their oral presentation (not narrated, just the slides), and (3) an image to be used as part of the tile for their presentation on the main exhibition page (optional). See instructions for exhibitors for more detailed information. The scoring rubric for the Research Presentation Option can be found here. Exhibitors are encouraged to review the rubric to make sure to address the relevant points in their presentations.

Research presentations will be judged online from March 24 through March 26, 2021.  

The broad disciplinary categories for research presentations include the following:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Engineering
  • Health and Life Sciences
  • Physical Sciences and Mathematics
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

Judging Criteria for the Research Presentation Option

Judges will be asked to score each presentation on a scale of 1-10 in five different categories. Descriptions of the criteria to use for scoring can be found below by clicking each category in the purple box.

Visual Appeal of Presentation Materials

10(A+) / 9(A) / 8(A-) 7(B+) / 6(B) / 5(B-) 4(C+) / 3(C) / 2(C-) 1(D)
  • Outstanding visual appeal
  • Excellent use of color and font
  • Graphics clear and enhance presentation
  • Orderly arrangement
  • Effective visual appeal
  • Adequate use of color, and font
  • Graphics enhance presentation
  • Somewhat orderly arrangement
  • Adequate visual appeal
  • Color and font inconsistent
  • Excessive text, few supporting graphics
  • Arrangement not well organized
  • Appearance lacks professionalism
  • Color and font detract from understanding
  • Graphics missing or do not relate to text
  • Arrangement detracts from understanding

Communication of Objective and Significance

10(A+) / 9(A) / 8(A-) 7(B+) / 6(B) / 5(B-) 4(C+) / 3(C) / 2(C-) 1(D)
  • Clear and concise
  • Technical terms explained well
  • Understandable by an educated non-expert
  • Clear
  • Technical terms explained
  • Understandable by an expert but not an educated non-expert
  • Somewhat unclear
  • Not all technical terms explained
  • Somewhat unclear to experts and non-experts
  • Poor
  • Technical terms not explained
  • Confusing to all

Explanation of Project Design and Methodology

10(A+) / 9(A) / 8(A-) 7(B+) / 6(B) / 5(B-) 4(C+) / 3(C) / 2(C-) 1(D)
  • Well explained
  • Addresses research objective
  • Understandable to an educated non-expert
  • Adequately explained
  • Addresses research objective
  • Understandable to an expert but not an educated non-expert
  • Somewhat unclear
  • Partially addresses research objective
  • Somewhat unclear to experts and non-experts
  • Poorly explained
  • Poorly aligned with research objective
  • Confusing to all

Explanation of Results and Conclusions

10(A+) / 9(A) / 8(A-) 7(B+) / 6(B) / 5(B-) 4(C+) / 3(C) / 2(C-) 1(D)
  • Results well organized, clearly and precisely presented
  • Conclusions well-articulated and based on results
  • Understandable to an educated non-expert
  • Results well organized and clearly presented
  • Conclusions presented and based on results
  • Understandable to an expert but not an educated non-expert
  • Results somewhat unclear
  • Conclusions not completely clear or directly based on results
  • Somewhat unclear to expert and non-expert
  • Missing or unclear
  • Conclusions do not relate to results
  • Confusing to all

Overall Presentation

10(A+) / 9(A) / 8(A-) 7(B+) / 6(B) / 5(B-) 4(C+) / 3(C) / 2(C-) 1(D)
  • Clear, concise, and professional
  • Easily understood and engaging
  • Excellent use of slides to explain research
  • Adhering to timing and guidelines
  • Mostly clear, concise, and professional
  • Easily understood
  • Acceptable use of slides to explain research
  • Mostly adhered to timing and guidelines
  • Not completely clear or concise
  • Understood with some difficulty
  • Occasional use of slides to explain research
  • Did not fully adhere to timing and guidelines
  • Unclear and unprofessional
  • Not easily understood and not engaging
  • Poor use of slides to explain research
  • Did not adhere to timing and guidelines

Recognition

Those individuals whose works and presentations are judged best will receive monetary awards of $100 to $500.

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