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Presentation Guidelines

Poster Session

The poster session presentations are for students who:

  1. have completed and will present pre-dissertation research, such as; thesis research, pilot studies, or research related to coursework. The poster should include research questions, methods, findings, implications, reflections on learning.
  2. have defended their proposals (or will within the next month or so) but have not yet collected data. The poster should include research questions, methodology, methods, rationale, goals, and ethical considerations.

Poster Preparation Guidelines (adapted from AERA Poster Guidelines)

  • Plan to set up your display 15 minutes before the session is to begin. 
  • Your material should be mounted on a 3-fold poster board. 
  • The poster format provides a mechanism for in depth discussion of your research.
  • The poster should be as self-explanatory as possible so that your main job is to supplement the information it contains. 
  • As presenting author, you should be available throughout the session. 

A copy of your abstract (250 words or less) should be placed in the upper left portion of the poster, with a conclusion in the lower right hand corner. Although there is considerable room for flexibility, it is often useful to have sections indicating the aims of the research, the methods and participants involved, and the experimental tasks. Another section might highlight the important results, with a few sections being used to present the main points in tables or figures.

Oral Presentation

Oral presentations, to be given during the breakout sessions, are for recent graduates and students who:

  1. have competed their dissertation 
  2. have completed their data analysis and written up their findings and will defend their dissertation within the term.

Presentation Guidelines (Adapted from AERA guidelines)

  • The presenter should prepare a PowerPoint, serving as an outline for their presentation, with the major points of the research. 
  • The presenter should not read PowerPoint slides verbatim.
  • Presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes.
  • Highlights covering such points as the purpose of the study, description of the sample, methodology, major findings, conclusions, recommendations, or problems encountered. The amount of time devoted to each highlight will vary according to the author’s evaluation of the importance of each area.
  • Presenters can also share insights gained from engaging in the research process and advice for new researchers.
  • There will be time for a short question and answer period after presentations.
  • Please submit your PowerPoint presentation electronically to at least two full days before the Doctoral Symposium.

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