Conference Resources

Presenting Papers

At the NRHC conference, papers are typically part of a three- or four- person panel session that lasts 75 minutes.  Each student presentation should be 10-12 minutes long to ensure everyone is heard and time is left for questions and answers. A moderator will be assigned to introduce the speakers, manage time and facilitate those questions. Reading your paper straight from the page is discouraged.  It is much more powerful to summarize the material from your paper and highlight key points, so make sure you rehearse and plan your presentation. Typically one page of double-spaced written text takes about 2 minutes to read, so a paper of 5-6 pages maximum is a good place to begin your preparation. If you have been assigned to a room with audiovisual capabilities for your paper presentation, be sure to bring a flash drive loaded with it as a backup. Don’t just rely on emailing it to yourself.

PowerPoint Guidelines

Developed by Steve Snow, these guidelines are essential reading for anyone planning to give a PowerPoint presentation. If you will be able to use A/V for your presentation and this is your 1st Presentation – or your 100th – these are great tips to keep in mind and to keep your audience awake! View Presentation

Poster Presentation Guidelines

The basic guidelines for Poster Presentations at NRHC are available here: NRHC POSTER GUIDELINES.  Expanded guidelines are also available here: Expanded Guidelines on Poster Designs

Roundtable Guidelines

Roundtables have been developed with two or three other student presenters with similar themes, scheduled in sessions of either two hours or an hour and a half. Conference attendees normally move from table to table, looking for topics that interest them. Most commonly, people move to another table after 15-20 minutes. So participants need to limit their presentations to a brief five-minute summary of their topics and recycle them as newcomers arrive at the table.  The purpose of the roundtable is to generate discussion. Participants need to engage others, and one way to do that is to consider connections between their own work and that of the other participants at their table. It is also a good idea to bring handouts or display some of your work on a laptop computer or tablet to illustrate your work.


Bring Appropriate Clothing for the various events. 

City as Text and Student Events: Casual clothing is best, including comfortable walking shoes for City as Text!Banquets and Presentations: Business Causal is fine, but you may choose to dress formally if you wish – there’s nothing wrong with being overdressed!Take a look at the weather and be prepared!  What if City as Text day brings rain? (Or snow! As it did in Portland, Maine two years ago.) And you don’t want to be wearing winter clothes if it’s 80 degrees out!