In addition to the traditional oral and poster research/scholarship presentations described below, we also encourage performing and visual arts presentations. These include music, dance, theater, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and video. Students and mentors interested in these disciplines and media should contact the conference organizers directly at email@example.com to discuss possible presentation formats.
Research or scholarship at SCCUR conferences is presented either as a fifteen-minute oral presentation or as a poster presentation. You may choose one or the other (not both) as your preferred medium when you submit your abstract. A few general principles apply to all presented research.
Oral presentations are carefully prepared to be fifteen minutes long. They are presented as part of a panel of three or four presentations, usually addressing a common subject matter.
In the sciences and some social sciences, presentations are usually made from notes and are accompanied by visual materials such as tables, graphs, and photographs (most often in PowerPoint). In the humanities and some other social sciences, presentations are usually read aloud from a prepared text, sometimes with accompanying visual materials. Work with your faculty mentor to produce an oral presentation appropriate to your discipline.
Pepperdine University will provide computers, projectors, and screens for students making PowerPoint presentations. PowerPoint is the only supported presentation software. All computers are PCs. Participants should not bring their own computers.
A faculty moderator will chair your panel. He or she will introduce you and other presenters to the audience, describe the session's topic, keep time, and facilitate brief discussion following each presentation. It is essential that panels keep on schedule; moderators will stop presenters if they appear likely to run over their allotted time.
If you are displaying a poster, you will be given the specific location of your poster at registration. Posters are listed in alphabetical order by first author and assigned either to poster session I, II, or III. Poster Session I is from 11:00 -12 noon, Poster Session II from 1:00 - 2:00 pm, and Poster Session III from 3:30 -4:30 pm. Please mount your poster at least 10 minutes before your assigned session and leave it up throughout the session.
During the poster session, stand to the side of your display so that you don’t block viewers. Prepare and practice a two-minute summary of your project. Often viewers ask for a synopsis of your ideas and findings. This time dialogue and exchange of ideas facilitates networking with interested viewers. It is important to speak and interact professionally. You will also receive insightful feedback and personal exposure during the poster session. Furthermore, you will enjoy interaction with other poster presenters during the alternate poster session (either Session I, II, or III).
Poster presentations should be no larger than 4 feet high by 6 feet long (4' X 6'). Note, posters are in a horizontal format so words, figures, pictures, and tables are approximatly eye level. Students using poster boards are advised to bring their own thumbtacks, although push pens will be provided: NO TAPE, VELCRO, GLUESTICKS, or other permanent fasteners should be used.
Space on a poster is limited, so pick wisely what to present. Your display should be self-explanatory and have a logical flow—others should be able to follow the order even if you are not present. Start with a rough draft of your design on paper, using graph paper or post-it notes to simulate sections.
Place your title at the top of the poster and make certain that the text is large (usually at least 2 inches in height) and clear. Use upper and lower case letters. All authors’ names and affiliations should appear directly blow the title, and should be about 25% smaller than the title. Include authors’ and co-authors’ first and last names. Include the name of faculty mentor (s). Incorporate appropriate graphics in your poster. Label or describe any charts, tables, figures, graphs, or photos that you use. A number and a short “caption” should identify each figure, table, chart, or photo. Edit, review, and spell check all the elements of your poster display.