Presentation Guidelines


  • General Guidelines

    Oral/Panel Presentations:
    Presentations will be virtual this year. Full instructions for the virtual platform will be emailed to all presenters. Oral/panel presenters will have 15 minutes to present and 5 minutes for Q&A. They will be able to share their screen for a presentation.


    Poster Sessions
    Presentations will be virtual this year. Full instructions for the virtual platfrom will be emailed to all presenters. Poster presenters will submit a recorded 2-5 minute presentation video. We will also have live Q&A poster sessions during the conference. 

  • Types of Presentations

    Oral presentations
    Oral presentations can be on any research topic. Oral presentations should be no more than 12-15 minutes long. 5 minutes will be provided for questions from attendees. GURC is multi-disciplinary, so it is important to remember that your audience may not know your discipline as well as you do. For your oral presentation, you may read your paper, give a presentation with slides, or give a presentation without slides (“TED-talk-style”).  

    Students may also submit full panels (3-4 presentations) for consideration. Please see the submission portal for more information.

    Poster presentations
    Poster presentations may also be on any research topic. Posters will be presented via a 2-5 minute recorded video. There will also be live Q&A poster sessions. Full instructions will be emailed to presenters and included in the program for all attendees. 


  • Tips for Creating a Great Poster

    Tips for Creating a Great Poster

    1. Posters should be electronically generated and printed prior to the conference.
    2. The recommended maximum size for posters is 36" x 48" Landscape.  Poster board backing will be provided for 36" X 48" dimensions that can be used in either landscape or portrait format.
    3. Your poster should be constructed so that it presents the desired information in a self-explanatory manner. It's telling a story. Use the 3 X 3 rule: “The ‘3-3 Rule’ generally states that the poster can be understood by a viewer from 3 feet away in 3 minutes. This rule was conceived to encourage presenters to convey their information clearly to the public. It is not meant to trivialize presentations into just pretty formats without serious content. Rather, the objective is to structure the presentation of data and information in a simple, understandable format – a story without large blocks of text. The intent is for the presenter to think like the viewer—is the story clearly presented with only its essential elements? The ‘Viewer’ includes not only fellow researchers in your field, but also the entire university audience and ultimately the general [educated] public. Streamlining makes the storyline easy to understand. This understanding facilitates interaction. However, the research must still be sound, e.g., conclusions clearly stated and supported by results.”
    4. Keep your poster simple and brief. A poster is not a place for you to tack up your entire body of research for people to read. Instead, think of a poster as a series of highly efficient, organized panels (a storyboard) upon which appear synopses of the relevant information. You want to convey just enough to get your point across.
    5. Organize your poster materials using headings, such as Introduction, Research Question, Methodology, Findings, Conclusion, etc. These headings will help establish a logical flow to your poster.
    6. Use large enough fonts so people will not have to squint to read the material. For headings, use at least a 48-point font. For text, use nothing less than 18-point (Larger is preferable).
    7. Make your poster visually appealing. Have fun. Be creative. Incorporate color. Use photographs, graphs, charts, maps, and the like. Simplify charts and figures to include only relevant information. Be attentive to the layout and placement of your materials.
    8. Place the title of your work in a prominent position on your poster. Include your name and your faculty sponsor. Add other acknowledgements at the bottom of the poster.
    9. Include your university’s name and/or logo on your poster. Check with your school’s undergraduate research office to see if they have a required template for students to use. 
    10. Take great care to plan and organize it well. Make sure it communicates the intended information in an interesting, visual manner. Ask your faculty mentor to proof your poster before you print it.