Instructions for Presenters

STEP 1: Choose a Project.

A project does not need to be complete in order to submit an abstract!

Group posters and presentations are welcome!

Presentation topics can include:

  • Class projects or papers
  • Research projects or designs
  • Literature/policy reviews
  • Field experience
  • Professional experience
  • Etc.

A project does not need to be complete in order to submit an abstract—research/evaluation designs, project proposals, and other early-stage work is great material for a presentation.

ALL ABSTRACTS WILL BE ACCEPTED as long as your proposed presentation fits within the lens of public health!

What is public health?

Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. While a doctor treats people who are sick, those of us working in public health try to prevent people from getting sick or injured in the first place. This means improving everything that impacts health — from housing, education and income to community design, transportation and our environment.

Who works in public health?

TONS of people! Community planners, environmentalists, nurses, social workers, biostatisticians, epidemiologists, lawyers, teachers, nutritionists, policymakers, and more!

STEP 2: Learn Some Abstract and Presentation Tips!

Here are some tips put together by an alumna, Jen Ku

Additional abstract composition resources:

The Writing Center at UNC

Dr. Cara Eckhardt’s slides from a few years ago on presentations for conferences!

Additional poster preparation resources

Harvard School of Public Health

University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health

Miller (2007) - Preparing and Presenting Effective Research Posters

STEP 3: Submit an Abstract!

Abstracts are due by March 10th.

Maximum length: 250 words.

Submit your abstract online on our PDX Scholar website!

School of Public Health PhD students will review submissions and offer feedback by March 24th.

How to navigate PDX Scholar:

Click “Submit Abstract” link located on the left navigation bar

If you haven’t used it before, you will need to make an account.

Before filling out the abstract submission form, you will need to check the box agreeing to PDX scholar terms (namely that this work does not infringe on copyrights!)

Please let us know if you have any questions/comments/concerns! (

STEP 4: Prepare Your Presentation

If you are delivering an ORAL PRESENTATION:

Each presenter will have ~12 minutes total. We advise 8-10 minutes to deliver your presentation to allow a few minutes for questions from the audience. We will have a timekeeper to make sure we stay on schedule!

Please send your slides to by 12pm March 30th.

If you are delivering a POSTER PRESENTATION:

The Student Leadership Council will pay for poster printing if the poster meets the size requirements below and is sent to us by the deadline below:

Create a poster with the dimension 36” x 48”. We recommend using PowerPoint or a similar software to create a poster slide (see here to learn how to resize your PowerPoint slide to the correct dimensions) and export the document as a PDF.

Email this PDF to the SPH Student Leadership Council ( The deadline is 12pm March 30th. If you do not send us your poster by this deadline we will be unable to print your poster for you.

We will pick up your poster, deliver it to the venue, and hang it up for you on the day of the event!

Alternatively, you are welcome to use a poster that you have already printed to present elsewhere. Simply bring your poster with you on the day of the Annual Conference.

Please keep accessibility in mind when creating your presentation or poster. Here are some helpful links to help you with accessibility:

Microsoft: Make your PowerPoint presentations accessible to people with disabilities

PSU OIT: Creating accessible documents and forms

Deque University: Quick reference guide, basic PDF accessibility

STEP 5: Present & Enjoy!

See you at the annual conference! Enjoy free food and maybe a prize!

Tuesday, April 4th, 2024, 10 am - 6 pm

Portland State University Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom (Room 355) 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR, 97201

If you are presenting a poster, we encourage you to leave your poster up for the duration of the conference. If you can not stay for the entire conference, we can take down your poster and you can pick it up at Vanport.


Contact the School of Public Health Student Leadership Council (