The majority of students participating in Pathways will present in the poster presentation format. The exceptions are doctoral students, who will present in the lightning round competition, and masters and bachelors students in the humanities and social sciences, who will give oral presentations.

Poster Presentation Guidelines

All masters and bachelors students in categories other than humanities and social sciences will present in the poster presentation format.  Here are the guidelines for the posters:

  • Only one poster per presenter can be accommodated.
  • The poster should not exceed 3 feet X 4 feet.
  • Place the title, author(s), department, university, and mentor’s name at the top center of the poster. If there is more than one author, identify the presenter(s) with an asterisk.
  • The title should be in letters at least a 1/2 inch high. Materials will have to be read by attendees from a distance of 3 feet or more, so lettering on illustrations should be large and legible.
  • Presenters should display the elements of the poster in a logical sequence (e.g. abstract, introduction, method, and results or conclusion). How a poster is arranged may vary by discipline, so check with your faculty mentor/advisor for guidance.
  • Presenters are responsible for mounting their poster during the 30 minute setup period before the opening of the session and for removing it immediately after the session closes.  Mounting hardware will be provided.
  • Presenters should bring business cards or display contact information on the poster for follow-up questions and networking.
  • Presenters must remain by their poster during their assigned session judging period.

Oral Presentation Guidelines

Masters and bachelors-level students in the humanities and social sciences will participate in the oral presentation format. Here are the guidelines for oral presentations:

  • Arrive at your designated presentation site at least 30 minutes prior to your designated time slot.
  • Students will have 15 minutes to present: 12 minutes for the presentation and three minutes for questions from the judges.
  • Presentations will be conducted in “smart” classrooms.

Lightning Rounds

  • Doctoral students will participate in “lightning” style rounds of five-minute presentations; the top presentations will advance until there is a sole finalist selected.