Presentation Guidelines

Please Note: The goal of the SOARS Conference is to foster academic curiosity and scholarly research. It is not a competition.  The feedback provided by faculty readers is intended to help students improve their papers, poster, or projects in consultation with their mentors. 

Presentation Guidelines: Research Brief

  • On the day of the conference, students who submitted research papers will present their paper to an audience.
  • The oral presentation should be 5 to 10 minutes long.
  • Presentations will be followed by a 5 minute question and answer session during which the audience may pose questions.
  • The use of PowerPoint for presentations is optional.

NOTE: If the PowerPoint is not being used for the presentation, the student should submit a 1-slide PowerPoint "cover" page with his or her name and project title.

Presentation Guidelines: Research Papers

  • On the day of the conference, students who submitted research papers will present their paper to an audience.
  • The oral presentation should be 10 to 12 minutes long.
  • Presentations will be followed by a 5 minute question and answer session during which the audience may pose questions.
  • The use of PowerPoint for presentations is optional.

NOTE: If the PowerPoint is not being used for the presentation, the student should submit a 1-slide PowerPoint "cover" page with his or her name and project title.

Presentation Guidelines: Research Posters

  • On the day of the conference, students who submitted research posters will participate in a poster session.
  • During the poster session multiple posters will be on display simultaneously.
  • Students are stationed near their own posters.
  • Attendees may move from poster to poster at will and engage the students in one-on-one conversation regarding the content of their posters.

Presentation Guidelines: Creative Research Project

  • On the day of the conference, students who submitted creative research projects will present their work to an audience in a format appropriate to the genre of the scholarly work.

Examples : If a student submitted a poem in this category, then the student will read the poem and answer questions from the audience during the time designated for oral presentations. If a student submitted a creative project such as a painting or sculpture, then the creative project will be displayed at the same time as the research posters such that the audience may view the work and pose questions to the artist regarding the visual piece.