Graduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to present their research at the annual Graduate Research Symposium at Kent State University each Spring semester to showcase their work, interact with their peers and receive feedback from faculty, staff and colleagues. Presentations can be offered as a poster presentation or as an oral presentation. For specific details surrounding each presentation type and their associated guidelines, please refer to the information below.
Oral presentations are scheduled in 15-minute intervals to allow each speaker a 10-12 minute presentation and a 2-3 minute discussion to respond to any questions from the floor. Presentations should be PC-compatible and computers and projectors are provided for each session. Please be mindful that your audience members will consist of faculty, staff and students from a wide range of disciplines. Speakers are asked to arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the start of their session in order to transfer and/or open their presentations on the session computer in advance to avoid any delays throughout the session.
For information on how to prepare PowerPoint presentations and to review PowerPoint basics, please visit the University Libraries PowerPoint Tutorials Page by clicking here.
For information on how to reserve a presentation practice room where you can actively rehearse your presentation with colleagues, please visit the University Libraries Study Spaces Page by clicking here.
Poster presentations are scheduled for a block of time to allow each speaker the opportunity to interact with students, faculty, staff and colleagues as they browse each poster. If possible, at least one author should remain with the poster during the poster session to ensure your research is properly represented and questions may be answered. Each presenter will be assigned a numbered board to display their work; this number will be assigned to you once upon checking in at the registration desk. Presenters are asked to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the start of the poster session to allow adequate time to locate your assigned space and hang your poster. Thumbtacks will be provided for mounting your poster to your board. The recommended dimensions for posters is 3 feet (36 inches) tall by 4 feet (48 inches) wide but please feel free to customize your poster size as necessary. Please ensure all text, graphics and images are appropriately sized and clearly legible.
For general tips on preparing a poster presentation and to view templates and examples, please visit the Kent State University Libraries Posters Page by clicking here.