Student Academic Conference Student Presenter Instructions

Thank you for participating in MSU Moorhead’s Annual Andrew B. Conteh Student Academic Conference. I hope participating at the conference is a transformative experience for you. Below, you will find some instructions for your presentation.

First, it is important for you to check the presentation schedule on the SAC site. A number of changes had to be made, so double check the schedule on the SAC site.

Make every effort to attend the Keynote Speaker Session. This year's speaker will be Dr. Heather Cegla, Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Warwick and UKRI Future Leaders Fellow. Dr. Cegla's simulates Sun-like stars to make it possible to detect other Earth-like planets in the future.

Be sure to visit the Meet the Employer event.

Lastly, be sure to visit other presentations.

Instructions for students with poster presentations:

  1. The suggested poster area is 3 feet high and 4 feet long.
  2. Student presenters will assigned to one 80 minute session. For posters in Session I from 9:40am to 11:00am, Session II from 12:40pm to 2:00pm, and Session III from 2:10 to 3:30.
  3. A few minutes before your session begins find your easel number and set your poster up—while we will provide you the easel, be sure to bring a board or something rigid where you can set your poster.
  4. When someone stops at your poster, you should provide a short overview of the project and answer questions a visitor might have. Try to respond in non-technical language unless you know the person is technically proficient. Students should be available for the duration of their session.
  5. When your session is over, take your poster down so the next presenter can set his or her poster up.
  6. Be sure to include your Presentation ID# (which can be found on the SAC schedule after submissions close) and the evaluation link/QR code in your poster. The link and QR code are provided in the templates below.
  7. Prepare your poster using one of the following templates.
  8. Some additional tips for making your poster more readable:
    • The title of your paper and the author(s) names should be at least 1 inch high (font size 72)
    • The title of your paper should be at the top of the poster—the title and author(s) names on the center, left, or right of the poster
    • The font of the body should be at least 3/8 of an inch (font size 28)
    • Works cited or references should have a smaller font size than 28, suggested font size 22
    • The poster should be edited carefully
    • The poster should be printed (rare exceptions would be permitted)
    • The poster should have rigid backing, so please bring poster board

Poster Suggestions

When preparing your poster, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Would someone reading this poster walk away understanding the major findings or points of the paper?
  • Would a careful reader be able to ask relevant questions about my work?
  • Is the sequence of information clear? Use arrows, numbers, or letters to let the reader know the flow of information.
  • Include the major points only; leave less essential information for informal discussions.

In addition to a title and author label and abstract, most successful posters provide brief statements of introduction, method, procedure, results, and conclusions. Speak to your advisor for conventions specific to your field.

Instructions for students with oral presentations:

  1. Oral presentations will take place in the rooms assigned in the SAC schedule. A limited number of presentations may be done remotely.
  2. Presentations will be live, not recorded.
  3. There will be a monitor for each session.
  4. You will be presenting as part of a session where there will be other student presenters. The sessions last 80 minutes and start at 9:40am, 12:40pm, and 2:00pm. Each presenter has 12 minutes to present and 5 minutes to answer questions from the audience, except in sessions specially arranged by the instructor in which case the length of a presentation may be different.
  5. Please plan to come to your room a few minutes before the session begins.
  6. Be sure to stay for the full length of your session – be there for those who present before you and stay for those who present after you. It is simple courtesy to other presenters.
  7. You should aid your presentations with slide, using the following template.
    • Make sure you fill in your Presentation ID# in the slide about evaluation.
    • Do not delete the slide with the QR code and link to presentation evaluation.
    • Sample Oral Presentation Template