Conference Resources

For all presenters:

  • Keep an eye on this website, which is where the first draft of the conference program will be published. Most presentations will take place on Saturday; however, some posters and some idea exchange presentations will take place on Sunday morning. You will find your timeslot and room assignment once the conference program becomes available.
  • Dress professionally for your presentation. Business attire is expected.
  • Bring all of your supplies:
    • For paper presenters, this may include a copy of your paper, notes, notecards, a flash drive with your visual aid
    • For poster presenters, bring your poster, a poster board, and binder clips to mount your poster
    • For roundtable presenters, bring any handouts or visuals you want to have at your table (remember, you will not have A/V at the table)
    • For idea exchange presenters, bring your handouts, decorations, posters, or any other supplies that you want to have at your station

Paper Presentation Guidelines

As a paper presenter, you are placed on a panel with other students. The papers typically share a common theme. When the conference program is published online, you will be able to see what the other panelists are presenting on and the title of your panel.

You will be part of a 3-4 person panel. You should prepare remarks that are between 12-15 minutes in length. Please be mindful of this guideline. If presenters run over time, they take away time from their co-panelists. If presenters are too short, the session may end early and create disruptions in the hallways.

While this is a “paper” presentation, presenters should not read their papers. Rather, presenters should prepare a distinct oral presentation and remarks based on their paper. It is much more powerful to present the material from your paper, so make sure you rehearse and plan your presentation.  Be sure to include your paper’s purpose, major supporting points, and conclusions.

Utilize tactics in public speaking like a strong attention-getter, purpose statement, audience involvement, and detailed examples.

When the conference program is published, you will learn if you have been assigned a room with A/V capability. If this is the case, please use it! It is a great resource. You may prepare a PowerPoint, Prezi, Google slides, or other visual platform presentation. You should have your presentation on a flash drive, as internet access may be spotty. Be prepared!

In preparing visuals, please remember the following:

  • Include a title slide with your presentation info
  • Keep the text on your slides to a minimum—the audience is there to listen to you—don’t overload with text:
    • 4-5 bullet points per slide
    • 6-7 words per line
  • Use high-quality visuals in the form of pictures, graphs, charts, etc.
  • Proofread your slides carefully
  • Be consistent in slide design—don’t try to “dazzle” the audience with too many colors and fancy transitions

As we approach the conference, more guidelines and resources will become available. In the meantime, be sure that you reach out to your Honors director or faculty mentor with questions. You may also reach out to any of the NRHC board members with questions.

Poster Presentation Guidelines

Poster presenters are creating a dynamic visual representation of their projects. The final product should be 48×36 inches. Presenters should bring their own poster boards, unless one is reserved for usage during the conference registration process.

These guidelines are from the National Collegiate Honors Council (2018):

  • Your poster should be constructed so that it presents the desired information in a self-explanatory manner.
  • Keep you poster simple and brief. A poster is not a place for you to tack up your entire body of research for people to read. Instead, think of a poster as a series of highly efficient, organized “panels” (a storyboard) upon which appear synopses of the relevant information you want to convey – just enough to get your point across.
  • Organize your poster materials using headings, such as “Introduction,” “The Research Question,” “The Methodology,” and “Findings.” These headings will help establish a logical flow to your poster.
  • Use large enough fonts so people will not have to squint to read the material. For headings, use at least a 48-point font. For text, use nothing less than 18-point.
  • Make your poster visually appealing. Have fun. Be creative. Incorporate color. Use photographs, graphs, charts, maps, and the like. Simplify charts and figures to include only relevant information. Be attentive to the layout and placement of your materials.
  • Place the title of your work in a prominent position on your poster. Include your name and your school. You may wish to have handouts, business cards, and a way to collect names and contact information for anyone interested in receiving more details about your research.
  • Do not plan on using any audiovisual equipment. None will be available, and if you bring your own, it will not be secure.

Be sure to proofread your poster carefully! As we approach the conference, more guidelines and resources will become available. In the meantime, be sure that you reach out to your Honors director or faculty mentor with questions. You may also reach out to any of the NRHC board members with questions.

Roundtable Presentations Guidelines

A roundtable is different from a paper presentation. You will be sitting at your own round table with attendees who choose to attend your session, and you are acting as a moderator of your topic. This means that you will present your thoughts and ideas in a 10-minute presentation, but you will leave room for a 20-minute discussion afterwards (30 minutes total)

The moderator of all the roundtables in the room will give you signals after 30 minutes, which will give the attendees time to attend another table in your session (this also means that you will repeat your 10-minute presentation and begin a new 20-minute discussion)

15 minutes before the session ends, the moderator will ask for volunteers from each table to shortly present the findings of your discussion to the entire group

It is important that this is a discussion-based presentation; the main focus is to share ideas, not only to present your own. Feel free to bring handouts and activities for the people at your table during the interactive portion. Please be aware that there will be no AV available for roundtable presentations.

Click here for a visual overview of a Roundtable Session.

Idea Exchange Presentation Guidelines

Idea Exchange presentations will occur concurrently with poster presentations. Each idea exchange will be given a table. Feel free to decorate your table. Some ideas include:

  • A tablecloth with your Honors Program/institution name
  • Posters or pictures that can be displayed on top of your table
  • Handouts of your idea for passersby to take
  • Laptop or tablet with any information you may want to display
  • Copies of syllabi, newsletters, journals, etc. (if applicable)

The room will be busy and people will be walking around, so make the most of the time you are allotted!

As we approach the conference, more guidelines and resources will become available. In the meantime, be sure that you reach out to your Honors director or faculty mentor with questions. You may also reach out to any of the NRHC board members with questions.