Symposium Guidelines

The day of your presentation is a chance for you to speak to your audience about your work.  Students can expect to develop the following skills:

  • Presenting and articulating their ideas
  • Sharing their work in visual and oral format
  • Engaging in a discussion about their work

Questions to Consider

While the poster will do a good job laying the foundation of your project, you should be prepared to answer questions about your work.

  • What were your findings?
  • Were your findings unexpected?
  • What were the most enjoyable aspects of your research project?
  • What future research might you do as a result of this project?
  • How does this research tie into your career ambitions?

Rubric for Oral Component of Poster Session

Presenter’s Oral and Nonverbal Presentation


Seemed ill-prepared. Demonstrated problems in several areas (no or very little eye contact; no clear discussion of topic, lack of professionalism). Failed to answer questions. Did not maintain speaking volume that was audible at all times.


Did not convey a sense of confidence or ability to discuss the topic clearly.  Failed consistently to make eye contact. Displayed poor posture. At times, could not be heard by audience. Answered questions but gave incomplete responses.


Maintained good manner of speaking with acceptable style and volume. Answered most questions with accuracy and supporting details.  Stood straight most of the time. Made eye contact at times. Exhibited some problems, some of which were speaking too softly,using jargon, obvious hesitation,showing ill ease inresponding to some questions.


Presenter was confident and relaxed; had appropriate posture and appearance. Spoke clearly and distinctly at all times. Established and maintained eye contact. Clearly conveyed topic. Answered questions with supporting facts. Discussed details in non-technical language that was appropriate for the audience. Gave poster summary that was both thorough and succinct.

Poster Presentation Dress Code

The dress code is business casual. Business casual is a clothing style that is a little more casual than traditional business wear. While this style of professional dress is casual, it does not mean that any type of clothing is appropriate in a business setting. The clothing listed below is not appropriate as business casual attire, and student should not wear such items during the symposium:

  • Tight or revealing clothing
  • Clothing with printing that is suggestive, offensive, obscene, or promotes illegal substances
  • Athletic clothing, including sports shirts, sweatpants and sweatshirts
  • Sleepwear, including pajama bottoms
  • Shorts and capris
  • Jeans
  • Sneakers, sandals, flip-flops, or other open-toed shoes



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