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Save the Dates, 2018-19 Workshops

Fall Semester

  • Wednesday, Sept. 12, 3 pm - 4 pm
  • Tuesday Sept, 18, 12 pm - 1 pm
  • Wednesday, Oct. 3, 3 pm - 4 pm
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 12 pm - 1 pm

Spring Semester

  • Tuesday, March 19, 12 pm - 1 pm
  • Wednesday, March 20, 3 - 4 pm
  • Wednesday, March 27, 3 - 4 pm

Registration links will be available soon. For any registration questions you may have, please contact Jules Oyer.


Oral Presentations

Oral Presentations will be organized around common themes and/or disciplines and be scheduled throughout the day in classroom spaces across campus.

Depending on the size of the session, presenters will have 15-40 minutes to speak from organized talking points or read from a polished paper about their scholarly project. Presentations are typically followed by a short Q & A session. Presenters will have access to classroom tech: computer, projection, and Internet capabilities.

Session chairs will introduce presenters, ensure they do not exceed their allotted speaking time, and facilitate audience questions and discussion after the presentations.

Preparing Oral Presentations

  • Prepare and practice your presentation so that it is concise, clear, and effectively delivered.
    • Your presentation must be no more than your allocated time in the schedule.
    • Your topic, thesis and/or methodology should be accessible to your audience, which may include people who are not specialists in your field.
  • Effective delivery includes good pace; appropriate volume; inviting posture, smile and eye contact; straightforward organization; and effective use of PowerPoint and handouts
  • Seek editorial assistance and a practice audience from peers and/or faculty advisor(s).

Poster Presentations

Poster Presentations will be organized by academic field and scheduled in a large poster session - The Poster Palooza — held on the Main Floor at the SERC Field House.

Presenters will spend a full session standing next to their large-format poster, which describes their research project, and discuss their work with student and faculty passersby. Each poster will be placed near others of similar themes and disciplines. (Easels with boards, push pins, and binder clips are provided.)

Preparing Poster Presentations

  • See “How To Design & Print a Poster with Power Point for help creating your poster.
  • Seek editorial assistance on poster content & layout from faculty advisor.
  • Prepare a short summary of your work for people who ask what your project is about.
  • Practice your “talking points” from the presentation so that it is concise, clear, and effectively delivered. Review with peers/faculty advisors.

Fine Arts Performances

Fine Arts Performances celebrate the arts in dance, theatre, music, and creative writing, and will be scheduled in appropriate performance spaces throughout the day.

Depending on the size of each session, presenters will have 15-40 minutes to present their scholarly and creative work. The time should be divided into appropriate segments in any combination of the following — speaking from organized talking points, reading from a polished paper, performing a musical composition, reading a creative writing piece (poem, short fiction, or memoir), performing a choreographed piece, or theatrical scene. Presenters will have access to classroom tech: computer, projection, and Internet capabilities. Time should be allotted at the end of the presentation for Q & A. 

Similar to oral sessions, the session chairs will introduce presenters, ensure they do not exceed their allotted speaking/performance time, and facilitate audience questions and discussion after the presentations.

Preparing Performances

  • Rehearse your performance and consider attire, physical demeanor and stage presence.
  • Garner feedback from faculty and peers as much as possible.
  • Prepare all necessary presentation notes, power point, props, costumes, musical/visual material, instruments, etc. 

Scholars Day Tips for all Presenters

for Oral Presenters

  • Know the scheduled time and location of your presentation. Arrive early; locate your presentation room; arrive at your panel session at least 10 minutes early; if relevant, load your PowerPoint presentation on the room computer.
  • Introduce yourself to the panel chair. S/he is there to support you; provide info so that s/he can introduce you before your presentation.
  • Bring presentation materials: notes; essay/talking points; visual aids, handouts and/or PowerPoint (on a thumb drive).

for Poster Presenters and Video Poster Presenters

  • Know the scheduled time of the Poster Session. Arrive at least 15 minutes early to set up your poster. Volunteers and signs will help you find your ASSIGNED table location on the main floor of the SERC fieldhouse.
  • On provided display boards, you can set up a printed poster of up to 36” h x 48”w or a series of smaller printouts. (Push pins and clips are available for your use.)
  • You can supplement your poster with an electronic display. If you choose to do this, please bring your own fully charged laptop or tablet.
  • Consider developing a handout that includes your name, academic program, title of your poster, and the main thesis question, methods, and conclusions of your project.

for Performances

  • Know the scheduled time and location of your performance. Arrive at least 10 minutes early to prepare (if relevant) your stage, ensemble, costume, music, visual material, etc. Get comfortable, stretch, tune your instruments, etc.
  • Introduce yourself to the panel chair. S/he is there to support you; provide info so that s/he can introduce you before your presentation.
  • Know the setup of the stage so you can safely navigate it.
  • Technology is fickle; bring a backup plan for your technical needs (e.g. having a CD if the iPod player isn’t working). Prepare a backup even when working with live music.

To All our Presenters at Scholars Day

  • Be prepared to learn: this is an opportunity to confidently share your hard work and to humbly look forward to respectful questions and constructive feedback.
  • Present yourself well: dress professionally, wear your nametag (if possible), turn off cell phone or personal computer (or turn off volume).
  • Good news: being nervous does not hurt your credibility or authority.
  • Have fun and enjoy!

Last Updated 8/13/18

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