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Fr. David Pratt, chair
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Getting started: First steps • Presentation formats
Guidelines for abstracts and research statements
Guidelines for individual and co-authored presentations (1-2 presenters)
Guidelines for topic-centered panel presentations (2-3 presenters)
Guidelines for group/team presentations (3+ presenters)
Guidelines for poster sessions (1-2 presenters)
Guidelines for topic-centered panel presentations
- Gathering of two to three individual
presentations under a single theme.
- 40 minute talk (divided among the
individual papers) plus 10 minute
question and answer period.
The purpose of the panel format is to create a
cohesive investigation of a single theme through the
presentation of several individual research projects.
Panelists should keep this goal in mind when preparing
their individual remarks and working with the other
- Find a moderator who will work with
you and your fellow panelists to create
a cohesive presentation of a single
theme. Determine the role that the
moderator will play in the panel.
Hint: A moderator might play a variety of
roles, from simple timekeeper to active participant.
Work together as a panel to determine how the moderator
will function in your presentation.
- Develop your individual remarks with
the panel format in mind. When possible,
connect your research to the work of the
- Practice and time your presentation so that you will
know exactly how much information to offer. It is
extremely important as a panelist that you do not cut
into the time of the next speaker. This is considered
disrespectful to the other panelists!
Hint: If your panel includes three individual speakers, each
should prepare to talk for about 10-12 minutes. For disciplines that
typically prepare a written paper (i.e., the Humanities), you should plan to
write up about four to five double-spaced pages.
Hint: Even if you plan to read your Scholars Day paper, you
should practice it enough times so that you are comfortable looking up and
making eye contact frequently with the audience!
- Consider preparing visual aids, such as PowerPoint
slides, Prezi slides, and/or printed handouts.
- If you do plan to use visual aids, save your
presentation on a flashdrive in a Windows compatible format
and bring it with you to the presentation room.