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Tips and Guidance for Creating your Exhibition Presentation

Research Presentation

Tips on creating your Research Presentation   

  • At the Graduate Exhibition, you will be presenting your work to a general audience and the judges will likely not be experts in your area of research. Therefore, you should make sure that your presentation is interesting and understandable to someone not in your field. Think of it as creating a story about your research for NPR or for a group of Penn State Graduate School alumni from across the University. 

  • While there is no limit to the number of slides, presentations are limited to 5 minutes. For example, if you have 10 slides, you will need to average 30 sec per slide. 

  • Suggestions for creating informative, attractive slides

    • Use dark print against white (or very light) background 

    • Use simple backgrounds 

    • Use sans serif fonts (Ariel 32 pt. is a good choice) 

    • Determine a color scheme ahead of time and adhere to it with every slide.

    • Avoid using red or green (problem for color blind viewers) 

    • Avoid text-heavy slides

    • Use shapes or other graphics to display ideas or processes rather than text 

    • When using graphics/pictures on slides: Images should be large and clearly drawn and design elements (e.g., animations) should support learning rather than distract the audience 

  • Make sure that your presentation tells your research or design story and addresses all of the areas covered in the judging criteria. 

  • In the introduction, tell your audience what your research or design question is and why it is important. Cover enough background for your audience to understand the basics players in your research or design project. Make sure you cover the objective of your project and its significance! 

  • You can have a separate methods section or discuss your methods along with your data, whatever suits your work and presentation style best.  

  • For those giving research presentations, discuss your interpretation of your results and conclusions. If you are presenting a work in progress or a new project, you can summarize what you have learned so far and discuss future directions.  

  • For those giving design presentations, make sure to address the innovation that your design product brings or exemplifies along with how the design actualizes the objective of your project. 

  • When preparing the content of your presentation, keep things accessible – you are presenting to a broad (but educated) audience. Avoid disciplinary jargon as possible.

  • Use graphics to tell your story and text to support the graphics.

  • You don't have to read your slides word-for-word, tell your story! The viewer can look through your slides separately and read any text at their own pace. 

  • Your slides will be available for viewers (and judges) to look through without your narration. They need to be the same!

  • When preparing your presentation, look at it in a small window on your computer screen or on another devices. Make sure that the text, pictures, diagrams are easy to see and read.

  • Use a script and practice before recording. Make sure that your presentation does not exceed five minutes.

  • During the exhibition, visit your exhibition page frequently to respond to comments and questions from viewers and judges.

Technical Tips:

  • You can submit a link to your recording as either of the following: 
    • A link to a publicly accessible YouTube video, copied and pasted from the Share dialogue - see step by step instructions  
    • The full block of code to embed a presentation from Kaltura MediaSpace, copied and pasted from the Standard Embed option of the Share tab - see step by step instructions 
  • For the tile, specifications are a 210x140 jpeg or png image.  If your image is larger, it will be  cropped to meet these dimensions. 

Design

Tips on creating your Design Presentation   

  • At the Graduate Exhibition, you will be presenting your work to a general audience and the judges will likely not be experts in your area of research. Therefore, you should make sure that your presentation is interesting and understandable to someone not in your field. Think of it as creating a story about your research for NPR or for a group of Penn State Graduate School alumni from across the University. 

  • While there is no limit to the number of slides, presentations are limited to 5 minutes. For example, if you have 10 slides, you will need to average 30 sec per slide. 

  • Suggestions for creating informative, attractive slides

    • Use dark print against white (or very light) background 

    • Use simple backgrounds 

    • Use sans serif fonts (Ariel 32 pt. is a good choice) 

    • Determine a color scheme ahead of time and adhere to it with every slide.

    • Avoid using red or green (problem for color blind viewers) 

    • Avoid text-heavy slides

    • Use shapes or other graphics to display ideas or processes rather than text 

    • When using graphics/pictures on slides: Images should be large and clearly drawn and design elements (e.g., animations) should support learning rather than distract the audience 

  • Make sure that your presentation tells your research or design story and addresses all of the areas covered in the judging criteria. 

  • In the introduction, tell your audience what your research or design question is and why it is important. Cover enough background for your audience to understand the basics players in your research or design project. Make sure you cover the objective of your project and its significance! 

  • You can have a separate methods section or discuss your methods along with your data, whatever suits your work and presentation style best.  

  • For those giving research presentations, discuss your interpretation of your results and conclusions. If you are presenting a work in progress or a new project, you can summarize what you have learned so far and discuss future directions.  

  • For those giving design presentations, make sure to address the innovation that your design product brings or exemplifies along with how the design actualizes the objective of your project. 

  • When preparing the content of your presentation, keep things accessible – you are presenting to a broad (but educated) audience. Avoid disciplinary jargon as possible.  

  • Use graphics to tell your story and text to support the graphics.  

  • You don’t have to read your slides word-for-word, tell your story! The viewer can look through your slides separately and read any text at their own pace. 

  • Your slides will be available for viewers (and judges) to look through without your narration. They need to be the same!  

  • When preparing your presentation, look at it in a small window on your computer screen or on another devices. Make sure that the text, pictures, diagrams are easy to see and read.  

  • Use a script and practice before recording. Make sure that your presentation does not exceed five minutes. 

  • During the exhibition, visit your exhibition page frequently to respond to comments and questions from viewers and judges.

Technical Tips: 

  • You can submit a link to your recording as either of the following: 
    • A link to a publicly accessible YouTube video, copied and pasted from the Share dialogue - see step by step instructions  
    • The full block of code to embed a presentation from Kaltura MediaSpace, copied and pasted from the Standard Embed option of the Share tab - see step by step instructions 
  • For the tile, specifications are a 210x140 jpeg or png image.  If your image is larger, it will be  cropped to meet these dimensions. 

Video

Technical Specifications of the Submitted Videos:

  1. Total length of 2:00 minutes (content) plus up to 0:30 seconds of acknowledgments.
  2. Available via a personal YouTube channel; you will be asked to provide a link to the Graduate School so that it can be linked to the Graduate Exhibition playlist
  3. High quality (original) version provided to the Graduate School should be (minimally) at 720p resolution
  4. Video must include a close-captioned narrative

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