Help and Guidelines

Submit Your Proposal

Choose your Presentation Format: Poster or Oral Presentation

  • Poster: PDF slide (with the option to include a video discussing your work).
  • or
  • Give an oral presentation: Submit a recorded video describing your research. 15 minutes maximum.

Submit your proposal to participate including an abstract of up to 250 words by March 27, 2021. You will be notified via email when your proposal is accepted.

Create and Upload Your Files

Develop presentation or poster files to represent your work. Video files must be MP4 and poster files must be PDF. When your research is ready to submit, login to PDXScholar, and upload your prerecorded video (MP4) or poster (PDF) and any additional files, such as slides and transcript by April 22, 2021. Be sure to upload the presentation MP4 or slide PDF using the "upload file from your computer" option, and upload additional files using the check box labeled "check this if you'd like to add additional files." We really need your transcript, if available, so please include it if you can, along with any other supplemental files. If you are uploading a video of your poster, please be sure that your presentation type is poster on the submission form, and upload the video as the main file using the "upload file from your computer" option.

Feedback Form Required

Your submission will need to include a Feedback Form. Use this Feedback Form Template. Copy the template, and rename it with your last name. Change questions as you like, or keep it the same. Include a link to your personalized Feedback Form at the end of your abstract. This will allow you to privately receive feedback and questions from conference participants and viewers. Here is an example of how it will look in your submission: Example Submission

Creating Videos

We recommend using Zoom. These are the basic steps:

  • Login into Zoom using your PSU email address.
  • Click Host or Schedule meeting.
  • Navigate to your presentation or poster.
  • Click Share Screen.
  • Click Record to the Cloud.
  • When finished, end the recording and wait for it to be available.
  • In the main Zoom menu, find your file under Recordings.
  • Click download.

Watch the video in the Example Submission: How to Record and Download Your Presentation Using Zoom

15 Minutes Maximum Length for Videos

Creating Posters

Poster presenters are encouraged to use the Better Scientific Poster template. This resource includes formatting guidelines and links to open-source resources for generating QR codes, charts and graphs, and Better Scientific Poster graphic design elements. The principles behind this best-practices approach are explored in the video, How to Create a Better Research Poster in Less Time. Consider searching online for an infographic generator like this one.

Each student will:

  • Highlight the main research finding by stating it succinctly and in plain English accessible to a broad audience
  • Emphasize this main finding statement (or “punchline”) with larger font size and placement toward the top and center of the poster
  • Limit poster size to no more than 36" x 48" (90cm x 121cm); landscape or portrait orientation is acceptable
  • Choose a white background, limiting photos and colored backgrounds to the center portion of the poster
  • Align text left if more than two lines long
  • Ensure posters are accessible. PowerPoint resources:
  • Optional: Students are welcome to include an MP4 video explaining their posters.

Poster Content Suggestions

Your poster should present high-level answers to the following questions:

  1. What did you find?
  2. Focus on your primary research finding.

  3. Why is it significant?
  4. Emphasize any exciting potential applications or uses, as well as any surprising discoveries. How might your research change the way people live?

  5. What did you do, and how did you do it?
  6. Describe your hypothesis and your methods.

  7. What comes next?
  8. Would you like to repeat an experiment on a larger scale or with a larger sample? How does your work inform the current thinking in your field? Did your findings raise new questions worth exploring?

More Resources and Help Sessions

Oral Presentation Help

Spend time viewing these short oral presentation tutorials.

General Recommendations for Oral Presentations
  • Oral presentations must not exceed 15 minutes.
  • Time your presentation and practice it in advance.
  • Do not plan to read your paper or sections of your paper.
  • In your presentation, summarize your research by highlighting your research questions, methods, findings, and conclusions.
  • Each oral presentation will need to be closed captioned or have a written transcript. If you have a written transcript of your presentations please submit with your prerecorded video.

Poster Design Help Session

Attend an open office hour session Thursday April 1, 2021, from Noon - 2 p.m.

Register for the Zoom Meeting

Oral Presentation Help Session

Attend an open office hour session Wednesday, April 2, 2021, from Noon - 2 p.m.

Register for the Zoom Meeting

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