BigSURS 2013

Presentation Guidelines

Poster Presentations

  • Posters must adhere to a 36in x 48in presentation foam board. Boards may be oriented horizontally or vertically
  • Set the dimensions  to 36 x 48 in or less
  • The title of your poster should appear across the top in large letters.  Please limit your poster title length.  Poster titles using a font size of 60 point will stand out and be easy to read.  The minimum font size for poster titles should be 36 point.  Below the title put the name(s) of the student author(s), faculty sponsor, and school or institution.
  • Use at least 24 pt font or larger for main text
  • Posters generally read from left to right and top to bottom in columns
  • You may wish to use color for highlighting and to make your poster more attractive.  Use pictures, diagrams, cartoons, figures, etc., rather than text wherever possible.
  •  Limit the text – people will not read a lot of text and use bullets instead of paragraphs where there is text
  •  Your poster should cover the key points of your work.  It need not attempt to include all the details; you can describe them to people who are interested.  The ideal poster is designed to attract attention, provide a brief overview of your work, and initiate discussion.
  • Websites for best practices
  • Bring push pins to adhere posters to board
  • You are asked to put your poster up at the beginning of events for the day
    • Friday posters should go up upon arrival to the conference
    • Saturday posters should go up by 9:00am
    • You will know where to hang your poster by a number in the program
  • Presenters should expect to attend their posters and answer questions
  • Be prepared to give a 2 min. summary to your audience

Oral Presentations

  • 15 minutes (12 minutes to speak and 3 minutes for questions)
    • The schedule will be strictly enforce so be sure to practice your timing
    • Do not talk too fast!
    • A moderator will be in your room to track your time and give you a 3 min. warning
  • Classroom setting with presenter at the front of the room
  • A computer and projector will be available
  • Show up before the start of the session to load any audiovisual presentation on the desktop
  • Bring your presentation on a USB drive; you must use the classroom computer
  • Keep a copy of your presentation in your email as a backup
  • There will be a practice room available
  • Tips on preparing oral presentations:
  • BigSURS reserves the right to cancel a presenter’s poster session if the above requirements are not met.


  • Performances
    • Arrangements for performances and exhibits are made on a case by case basis; participants should communicate their space, time, and equipment needs.  Contact Dr. Joanne Altman (  to identify  any special needs.
    • Performances may be up to 12 minutes with three additional minutes allotted for questions
    • Students must submit a link to a URL or attach an MP3 or WAV file containing the full work


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