Oral Presentations

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Guidelines and Responsibilities for Oral Presentations

Student Responsibilities

Presenters are to:

  • Submit a complete application (including the Abstract) by the extended deadline: Saturday, January 31st, 2015
  • Prepare the oral presentation and accompanying PowerPoint.
  • Be present for entire scheduled length of their presentation session.
  • Limit the length of their presentation to 15 minutes with a 2 minute question and answer period. This will be strictly enforced by moderators.
  • Have their completed PowerPoint presentation submitted to the GradExpo no later than 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 30th .
    • All PowerPoints must be PC compatible that is able to display correctly on a PC. Hints: Save all PowerPoints as *.ppt not *.pptx and embed all images as JPEGS. Test your PowerPoint on a PC before you submit it. Bring your PowerPoint on a flashdrive for the day of your presentation.
    • PowerPoints of less than 22MB may be emailed as an attachment to umainegsggradexpo@gmail.com,
    • PowerPoints larger than 22MB must be placed on a DVD and delivered to the GSG office no later than 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 30th.

Faculty Sponsors

The faculty sponsors should verify that the proposed project:

  • Qualifies as research as defined by the faculty sponsor’s discipline.
  • Could be ready for presentation at the GradExpo.
  • Has followed the appropriate ethical guidelines.
  • Provide guidance to their student(s) about presenting a project. This would include feedback and recommendations about:
    • The written abstract
    • The oral presentation – including length and content
    • The PowerPoint presentation
  • Has a well written abstract prior to submission as it will appear in the Program Proceedings.



Tips for Paper Presentation:

  • Use your paper as the guide or outline for your talk.
  • Use your PowerPoint as the guide or outline as you talk
  • Provide , as in your paper, the following:
    • Introduction – key points,
    • Body – helps the audience understand the importance of your results; and
    • Conclusion – a summary of your key points.
  • Practice – a lot.
  • Minimize the number of graphics
  • Simplify your PowerPoint. It is not a data dump – use to highlight – not to give your presentation for you!
  • Write out your talk
  • Use your script as a guide; don’t read —-talk!
  • Practice, Practice, Practice – out loud, with family, friends, colleagues, in front of an audience
  • Time your talk to make sure you stay within the allotted time
  • Did we mention practicing?

UPDATED February 1st, 2015