Presentation FAQ's

How do I know if my project or material is appropriate for presenting at the Symposium?

  • Presentations should be appropriate for a diverse audience of all ages. If you are unsure about the appropriateness of your presentation, please contact the Symposium Office at 509.359.6826.

How long can my oral presentation be?

  • Oral Presenters: Oral presentations are limited to 15 minutes:  a 10-minute presentation with 5 minutes for questions.

What is my poster supposed to look like?

  • Poster Presenters: If you would like to see sample posters from previous years, please visit the Symposium Office in 207 Showalter Hall.

Where can I get help creating and printing my poster?

  • Poster Presenters: After your abstract has been submitted, visit the Multi-Media Commons in the JFK Library. Seek assistance early as they will have many posters to print. All posters must be printed and submitted to the University Graphics Department for lamination no later than Friday, May 2nd. Lamination of posters is available through University Graphics at no charge for posters that meet the symposium size requirements.

Do I need to bring anything to my presentation?

  • Poster Presenters: Posters will mounted on foam core board, numbered, and set up on easels by Symposium Staff prior to the start of each poster session. If you are bringing your poster to the event, please arrive at least 15 minutes before the session begins to have your poster mounted and set up.
  • Oral Presenters: THERE WILL BE NO PRELOADING OF ORAL PRESENTATION FILES THIS YEAR. Presentations should be stored on a USB flash drive or other storage device and also saved in a backup location (for example, in a Netstorage account or Google Drive) online for easy access at the scheduled time of the session. Please note that any delays caused by file issues will count against your overall presentation time.

Do I need to bring anything for the audience?

  • While it is not necessary, feel free to bring handouts if you think it may enhance your presentation.

Can I practice before my presentation

  • Oral Presenters: THERE WILL BE NO PRELOADING OF ORAL PRESENTATION FILES THIS YEAR. Presentations should be stored on a USB flash drive or other storage device and also saved in a backup location (for example, in a Netstorage account or Google Drive) online for easy access at the scheduled time of the session. Please note that any delays caused by file issues will count against your overall presentation time.
  • If you have concerns about the technical operation of your presentation, please contact the Symposium Office at 509.359.6826 as far in advance of the event as possible. You may request a time prior to the event to run through your presentation in Senior Hall.

Can I get extra credit for attending presentations or participating in the Symposium?

  • Extra credit for participation or attendance is given at the discretion of your professors. Many classes are released on Wednesday to attend the oral, interactive, and poster presentations, again at the discretion of each course professor.  

When will I know what time I am presenting?

  • The schedule including all presentation times and locations, breaks, and other event activities will be available May 6, 2014. It will be posted on this website and on the Symposium Facebook page at that time. If you have any questions, please call Lindsey at 509-359-6826.
  • Don't forget to arrive at least 30 minutes before your session begins to pick up your nametag, t-shirt, and bag.

Can my family and friends attend my presentation?

  • Absolutely, family and friends are encouraged to attend the Symposium!
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