Archive for February, 2013

Prizes

by   |  02.19.13  |  General Announcements, Prizes

There are two categories of prizes.

The first are Outstanding Presentation Awards in the categories of

  • Arts and Humanities Oral Presentation
  • Social Science Oral Presentation
  • STEM Oral Presentation
  • Arts, Humanities or Social Science Poster Presentation
  • STEM Poster Presentation

Each of these awards are accompanied by a $100 prize.

The second category of prizes are door prizes drawn at random for any presenter who achieved all 3’s and above on their presentation. You must be present at the dinner to win a door prize.

Poster Tips and Tricks

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by   |  02.18.13  |  Conference Tips, Poster Presenations

You can print your poster at several professional copy centers in town. One good option is through CopyCat in the library.

1. Size – Your poster should be 32″ high by 40″ wide.  At the poster session, the posters will be fixed to a mounting board that is 32″ X 40″ using  binder clips.  Posters larger than this size may be creased in the process.

2. Editing – Be sure an edit your poster. Be sure and have someone else edit your poster.

3. References  – Don’t forget your references.

4. Double check the color – Make sure that the colors you are using work together and are readable. You might print your poster out on a single piece of paper on a color printer. When you print select “Scale to Fit.” Printer colors often look slightly different than screen colors, so you want to double check.

5. Use Powerpoint or Photoshop – If you would like your poster printed for free, use PowerPoint or Photoshop. If you use PowerPoint use the Poster Template for URF and save the file as .ppt. If you use Photoshop save the file as .pdf.

6.  Check out these winning posters from last year.

Oral Presentation Tips and Tricks

by   |  02.18.13  |  Conference Tips, Oral Presentations

Oral presentations should 12 minutes long with 2 minutes for questions. In order to keep the room on schedule, hosts will stop the speaker after 14 minutes.

A computer with PowerPoint and a projector will be available for all oral presentations.  For the sake of efficiency on the day of the conference, the PowerPoint presentations should be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Research by 5 PM  on Friday, March 28.

The ACU Speaking Center is available to help presenters prepare their talks and their slides. You can schedule an appointment on the Speaking Center Blog.

Tips

1. Practice your talk. It is best to practice with your mentor listening, they will be the best at catching the detailed issues. Practice in front of your roommates, friends, and/or significant other. They will be able to tell you what doesn’t make sense to a non-expert. The more you practice, the more relaxed you will be the day of the Research Festival.

2. Proofread your slides. You don’t want to be up in front of people when you realize that there is a mistake on one of your slides. Have your mentor or a friend read them too.

3. Make sure your slides are readable. Remember that projectors usually aren’t as bright as computer screens. Small fonts and low contrasting colors make it hard for your audience to read the slides. It is better to use boring readable colors than cool unreadable colors.

4. Avoid wordy slides. Try to only put key words, key phrases, and/ or images on your slides. Make your slides, practice your talk, then delete half or more of the words on your slides. It is boring to read along during a talk.

5. Practice, Practice, Practice. It is worth saying again.

 

Oral Presentation Rubric

by   |  02.18.13  |  Conference Tips, Oral Presentations, Rubrics

All presentations will be judges in two major categories Research Design and Presentation and Persuasiveness, each with seven subcategories. The three major areas (Arts & Humanities, Social Science, and STEM) will be judged on the same things for Presentation and Persuasiveness. Arts & Humanities has a different rubric for Research and Design

All Areas Presentation and Persuasiveness

1. Organization and Preparation

2. Use of Visual Aids

3. Use of Voice for Maximum Effect

4. Use of Gestures, Movement, and Facial Expression for Emphasis

5. Use of Eye Contact

6. Answers to Audience’s Questions

7. Explanation of the Project’s Significance

STEM and Social Sciences Research and Design Rubrics

Click to see the full Stem and Social Science Oral Presentation Rubric.

Research Design

1. Introduction of Research

2. Statement of Hypothesis/ Research Question

3. Goals and Objectives

4. Explanation of Methodology

5. Presentation of Results and Conclusions

6. Understanding of the Problem or Challenge Addressed

7. Use of Literature in the Field

Arts and Humanities Rubric

Click to see the full Arts and Humanities Oral Presentation Rubric.

Research Design

1. Introduction of Research

2. Statement of Thesis/ Research Question

3. Goals and Objectives

4. Explanation of Methodology or Theoretical Framework

5. Presentation of Conclusions and/or Answer(s) to Research Question

6. Explaining the Value or Relevance of the Research to the Field

7. Use of Literature in the Field

Poster Presentation Rubric

by   |  02.18.13  |  Conference Tips, Poster Presenations, Rubrics

Poster Presentations are judged on two major categories, Research Design and Presentation and Persuasiveness, each with several subcategories. Click to see the full Poster Presentation Rubric.

Research Design

1. Introduction of Research

2. Statement of Hypothesis/ Research Question

3. Goals and Objectives

4. Explanation of Methodology

5. Presentation of Results and Conclusions

6. Understanding of the Problem or Challenge Adressed

7. Use of Literature in the Field

Presentation and Persuasiveness

1. Overall Poster Design

2. Use of Images and Text

3. Grammar, Spelling and Style

4. Verbal Presentation

5. Use of Eye Contact

6. Answers to Questions

7. Explanation of the Project’s Significance