Oral Presentation Guidelines
- You must be the sole author of your oral presentation, though the research may have been conducted collaboratively.
- Your presentations should include the following information: (a) Purpose of the study/piece; (b) Research method; (c) Findings or Predicted Findings; and (d) Implications. These categories may need to be adjusted to fit your particular research area and the scholarly traditions of your field. For example, you may need to be explicit about the theoretical perspective underlying your research or the data analysis methods you employed.
- Oral presentation will be evaluated in the academic area you select from the 10 oral academic areas. In determining the area in which you will submit your abstract, the primary factor to consider is the subject matter addressed by your research, not necessarily your area of enrollment. For example, an oral presentation from a graduate student in Comparative Studies might be evaluated within Arts, Social and Behavioral Science, or Mathematical and Physical Sciences rather than in Humanities.
- Students may only submit a proposal to one academic area. Students may only submit one proposal per year.
- Students' work will be evaluated by professionals from the general academic area, so proposals need to be understood by those in a fairly broad range of related fields. This ability to explain complex material in a clear and convincing way is part of the judges' consideration. Remember judges signed up for generic academic areas. Therefore, your judges may not be experts in your area of expertise. Please remember to speak to a broad audience when presenting.
- Oral Presentations are 12 minutes long for formal presentation, 5 minutes for questions and answers, and 3 minutes for set up/presenter change. It is okay if the presentations end earlier than the allotted 17 minutes; however, presentations must not go beyond the allotted 17 minutes. Proctors will be on hand to assist each subject area.
- PowerPoint or other presentation format is permissible.
- For oral presentations, the online application (including the submission of an abstract) must be submitted by a date that will be published annually on the Hayes Forum site during the autumn semester. The file format of the abstract must be a PDF. We cannot accept abstracts submitted in any other way.
- The recommended ratio format is 16:9.
Performance as part of Presentation with Q&A
All applicants who select "performance with Q&A" at the time of their abstract submission are indicating that they will make a performance in the presentation period (such as a dance, theatrical demonstration, etc.). Following the performance, the performer will need to be prepared to address questions from the judges and other members of the audience. Performers are eligible to participate in both oral and poster presentations.
There is no official dress code for the Hayes Forum; Please dress to best represent yourself and your work.