Flash Talk and Poster Guidelines
- What is a flash talk?
A flash talk is a very short presentation lasting only a few minutes in which you present a scientific concept or idea in a manner understandable to those outside your immediate field.
- A single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or movement are allowed. The slide will be presented from the beginning of the talk.
- No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video) or props are allowed
- Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum. Exceeding the three-minute time period will result in disqualification.
- Presentations are to begin on the stage.
- If you are not ready to present immediately when you are introduced, you will miss your opportunity to present.
- The decision of the judging panel is final.
The clock begins to run as soon as the presenter begins speaking. The timekeeper will hold up a sign when the presentation is within thirty seconds of the time limit. A buzzer will sound at the end of the three-minute period to signal that the presentation has ended.
Competitors will be judged by a panel of judges using the criteria listed below. The judging panel will be made up of faculty and other postdocs from a variety of disciplines across the university. Each judge scores competitors on a scale of 1 to 10 in each of the three categories:
- Comprehension and Communication
Did the presentation communicate the research and its significance effectively?
Did the presentation make the audience want to know more?
- Make it relevant. Make your audience care about your research by showing how it makes an impact.
- Engage your audience. Observe your audience during your presentation. Are they paying attention? Can you adjust your presentation to get their attention?
- Perfect the timing of your talk. Practice, practice, practice.
- Project your voice and command the space.
- Enjoy yourself.
- Distinguished Flash Talk (two awards) - $250 each.
- People's Choice Flash Talk (two awards) - $100 each.
- Poster should be approximately four feet wide by three feet tall
- Any weight of paper is permitted
- Posters must be the original design and creation of the entrant
- Computer graphics may be used
- Entrants must set-up their own poster on the day of the event. Details will be forthcoming to those selected to present a poster.
Competitors will be judged by a panel of judges using the criteria listed below. The judging panel will be made up of faculty and postdocs from a variety of disciplines across the university. Each judge scores competitors on a scale of 1 to 5 in each of the following categories:
- Does the display attract the attention of viewers?
- Is the display free of unnecessary detail?
- Is there appropriate use of white space to avoid crowding?
- Is the script visible from three feet?
- Is the title clearly stated to include the variables that were investigated?
- Is the content presented in a logical manner – clear and easy to understand?
- Is the purpose or hypothesis stated?
- Is the methods section succinctly described?
- Do the data or graphics clearly convey the intended information?
- Are the results presented in such a way so they make sense to the reader?
- Is a conclusion or future direction stated?
- Are published references cited?
- Are there acknowledgments – funding, mentor, co-workers?
- Clarity of presentation – Ability to explain rationale or background as well as the hypothesis. Ability to explain methods and results. Ability to discuss work, limitations, difficulties, future direction?
- Ability to answer questions?
- Kept answers concise?
- Engaged with judges – showed interest and enthusiasm?
- Distinguished Poster (two awards) - $250 each
- People's Choice Poster (two awards) - $100 each
For more information contact Shannon Eyre at firstname.lastname@example.org.