Registration and Presentation Guidelines

Guidelines when UM-Dearborn hosts the event



Student presenters must:

  • Be an undergraduate at UM-Dearborn, UM-Flint, or Oakland University.
  • Complete both a General Registration Form AND a Student Presentation Form

Prior to completing the student presenter form, students should consult with their faculty mentors and prepare an abstract of no more than 150 words describing the work to be presented. Abstracts that exceed this length will be rejected, as will presentations that have no faculty mentor. Where a group project is involved, only one presentation proposal form needs to be completed; all names should be included on that single form. However, each student, who will be attending the event, should complete a general registration form.

All other guests (faculty advisors, family, friends, and any other visitors) only need to complete a General Registration Form.



Oral Presentations

Oral presentations should be no more than 15 minutes in length. Ideally, you should prepare a 10-minute presentation and to anticipate a 3-5 minute discussion period. Oral presentations will be done in mediated classrooms which are equipped with a computer, a projection unit, VGA outlets for a personal laptop, USB connections, a document camera, and a DVD/VCR for your video/audio playback needs.  Be prepared to tell it to your audience, not read it from a paper — and to show it as well, if you have pictures, power point slides, video clip, or other visuals. 


Poster Presentations

Posters sizes should not exceed 42" x 52".  During your poster presentation session, you will need to stand close enough to your poster to discuss it as others pass by. It is also recommended that presenters distribute hard copies of the research, summaries, or additional information.

You have a choice of two poster display options:

  • Tri-fold “stand-alone” poster board, which will be positioned on a table-top. 
  • Wall for mounting pre-set posters — either portrait or landscape orientation. (maximum poster dimension: 42” x 52”)


Performance and Demonstration Projects

Students can also conduct performances or demonstrations that include art, music, and/or drama. Wherever possible, performances will be scheduled with other performances and/or oral presentations with the same themes (e.g., Victorian arts, gender issues, philosophy of religion). The performance should last 10-12 minutes and not longer than 15 minutes. A brief introduction should be included with the presentation, along with a brief discussion period at the end of the presentation.