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Faculty & Graduate Research Conference

Types of Presentations

The 2021 Conference will be fully online, not at the Cunningham Center.

Because this is a multidisciplinary conference, the conference includes a mix of elements used in conferences across disciplinary norms. Conference participants who have attended discipline specific conferences will most likely see components that are unfamiliar, including presentation types, schedules, and events. This is an intentional part of the experience. If you have any questions about anything that may be unfamiliar, do not hesitate to ask! You can direct questions regarding the Dr. Gregory P. Domin Graduate Research Conference to Amber Dees at dees_amber@columbusstate.edu.

Oral Presentation

Students who choose to make an Oral Presentation at the Graduate Research Conference will be arranged into panels of three to five presenters. Each presenter will prepare in advance a 15 minute talk on their paper, research, thesis, etc. The Conference Chair will arrange oral presentations into panels based on topic, theme, and/or discipline with a focus on encouraging debate, discussion, and potential collaboration. Panel participants to not need to coordinate their presentations with each other.

On the day of the conference, the presenters will sit at the presentation table at the front of the room with the Panel Moderator. Each member of the panel will be introduced by the Panel Moderator, and then talk about their research. Presentations are best if made in such a way as to be understood by an academic lay person.

Students may sit at the presenter's table or stand at the front of the room while they present depending on what they are most comfortable with. There is equipment in each room to allow for Power Point/Prezi presentations if you would like to include one, but it is not required. Once all panel members have presented, the floor will be opened to audience comments and questions.

Graduate Conference Oral Presentation

Oral Presenters should:

  • Register to attend the Graduate Research Conference by the registration deadline.
  • Prepare a short presentation of the research for the panel discussion. (Approximately 15 min)
    • Refrain from indulging in extensive discussion of methods, statistics, and/or literature.
    • Refrain from reading large sections of papers.
  • Submit a copy of their Power Point presentation, if applicable, by the deadline communicated by the Conference Chair.
  • Have available, as appropriate, some copies of the paper to hand out to interested audience members after the talk.
  • Arrive at the panel at least 5 minutes early to set up, and to introduce yourself to the panel moderator and other panel members.
  • Presenters should all have a seat at the table in the front of the room.
  • Accept the comments of the audience as constructive.
    • Refrain from indulging in ideological discussions of policy with the audience.

Poster Presentation

There is typically one Poster presentation session during the conference. Posters will be arranged around a large room in an open session to foster discussion and potential collaboration. Conference attendees will be able to walk around the room and stop at each presentation they are interested in. It is recommended that the presenter prepare a 5 - 10 minute talk about their research and be prepared to answer questions from the audience. Presentations are best if made in such a way as to be understood by an academic lay person.

Posters should be 36" x 48" and are presented on easels. The conference will provide a poster display board with the easels to tack posters to. Presentations cannot be hung on the walls in the Cunningham Center.

Any students submitting Arts presentations will be included in the Poster session. The conference chair will work with Arts presenters to provide the best method of presenting their materials.

Graduate Conference Poster Presentation

Poster Presenters should:

  • Register to attend the Graduate Research Conference by the registration deadline.
  • Prepare a short presentation of the poster for discussion with audience.
    • Refrain from indulging in extensive discussion of methods, statistics, and/or literature.
  • Have available, as appropriate, some copies of the paper/research to hand out to interested audience members after the talk.
  • Arrive at poster presentation area early to set up.
    • Presenter is responsible for bringing foam board or other material to affix to poster so that it can be displayed on an easel unless instructed otherwise.
  • Accept the comments of the audience as constructive.
  • Refrain from indulging in ideological discussions of policy with the audience.

If you have any questions regarding the Dr. Gregory P. Domin Graduate Research Conference, please contact Amber Dees at dees_amber@columbusstate.edu.