Please Note: The goal of the SOARS Conference is to foster academic curiosity and scholarly research. It is not a competition. The feedback provided by faculty readers is intended to help students improve their papers, poster, or projects in consultation with their mentors.
Presentation Guidelines: Research Papers and Research Briefs
- On the day of the conference, students who submitted research papers will present their paper to an audience.
- The oral presentation should be 10 to 12 minutes long.
- Presentations will be followed by a 5 minute question and answer session during which the audience may pose questions.
- The use of Powerpoint for presentations is optional.
NOTE: If Powerpoint is not being used for the presentation, the student should submit the following Powerpoint slides:
- One Powerpoint slide as a “title” page with his or her name and project title.
- The title page will be projected during the presentation.
- PowerPoint slides with the references used in preparing the presentation.
- The references will be projected during the question and answer session.
Presentation Guidelines: Research Posters
- On the day of the conference, students who submitted research posters will participate in a poster session.
- During the poster session multiple posters will be on display simultaneously.
- Students are stationed near their own posters.
- Attendees may move from poster to poster at will and engage the students in one-on-one conversation regarding the content of their posters.
- Students should provide a list of the references used in preparing the poster.
- The references can be affixed to the poster or typed on a separate page that the student has available on the table with the poster for review by audience members.
Presentation Guidelines: Creative Research Project
- On the day of the conference, students who submitted creative research projects will present their work to an audience in a format appropriate to the genre of the scholarly work.
Examples : If a student submitted a poem in this category, then the student will read the poem and answer questions from the audience during the time designated for oral presentations. If a student submitted a creative project such as a painting or sculpture, then the creative project will be displayed at the same time as the research posters such that the audience may view the work and pose questions to the artist regarding the visual piece.
- If the student is sharing the project via oral presentation, please follow the Presentation Guidelines for Research Papers and Research Briefs
- If the student is sharing the project via any format other than oral presentation, the student should provide a list of the references used in preparing the project.