Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Presentation Guidelines

Poster Guidelines

  • Students should create their own posters, which should be no larger than 3' x 4' (landscape or portrait). Posters will be pinned to wall boards and pins will be provided to all students at the check-in table.
  • If the nature of the presentation requires an object to be placed on a table in addition to a poster, presenters will be provided with a 3' x 4' cardboard tri-fold poster board on which they may either mount multiple sheets or use for supporting a single-sheet poster.  These poster boards will be available on a limited basis prior to the start of the Symposium, and will be placed on round tables. Students should e-mail to request a tri-fold poster board.

  • Oral Presentation Guidelines

    About the Oral Presentations

    The oral presentations will be organized into thematic sessions, with typically four student presentations per session. Each session will last approximately one hour, and each student (or group of students working on the same project) will have no more than 10 minutes for the presentation. Students should expect to present in the order listed in the Symposium program.  A faculty moderator will be present at each session to introduce the student presenters to the audience and to keep track of the allotted time (students will receive a two-minute warning when their time limit is about to expire).  Following the student presentations, a faculty moderator will deliver a brief comment on the theme(s) common to all of the presentations in the session and lead a short question-and-answer session (approximately 10-15 minutes total).

    Students may also propose an entire thematic session.  Students interested in doing so should contact

    Advice for Students Preparing an Oral Presentation

    In the presentation, students should:
    1. Summarize the research, stating its thesis, argument, purpose, and method; 
    2. Set forth the evidence in support or in contradiction of the thesis; 
    3. Discuss the larger significance of the research. 

    Students should also note the following:

    • The general rule of thumb is to read a page every two minutes, so students should prepare no more than seven standard-type double-spaced pages.
    • Handouts (for example, excerpts from texts to which you will be referring) may be helpful for both you and the audience, though they are not required.
    • Students should use their prepared remarks as a guide. While students are not expected to memorize their presentation, they ought to be prepared to make frequent eye contact with the audience. 

    For students who are planning to use PowerPoint:

    • The general rule of thumb is to review no more than one slide per minute. 
    • Keep slides fuss-free: dark font on a light background is easiest to see; a font size that will be legible from a distance when projected; italics, script, and words written in all capital letters should be used sparingly; and the use of animation, clip art, sound, and other design elements not critical to the work should be kept to a minimum.
    Students with other presentation needs should contact

    All students should practice their presentations prior to the Symposium to make sure the presentation falls within the allotted time limit and the delivery style is clear and understandable. 

    Students are encouraged to consult with the faculty mentors who sponsor their proposals about how best to make the presentation.  For questions about the oral presentations, contact your faculty mentor and/or a member of the Symposium Committee. 

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    Audio/Visual Guidelines

    For students who are selected to give an oral presentation, please take note of the following audio/visual guidelines as you prepare your presentation. 

    AV Support 

    Fordham University is able to provide PC laptops running Windows 7 withPowerPoint 2010 and a projector with screen in each of the conference rooms. Students who intend to use the laptop provided should save their presentation to a portable USB flash drive. Students may also bring their own laptop. The university will only provide a 15-pin male, VGA cable. It is the responsibility of the student presenter to bring an appropriate VGA adapter for his or her Mac laptop. 

    Internet Access 

    Students who need internet access should contact, since only one of the conference rooms is equipped with a network connection. Note, however, that the McGinley Center has Wi-Fi, so if you are planning to bring your own laptop that has wireless capabilities you should be able to access the internet from any of the conference rooms. 

    Additional Needs 

    Students should note that not all of the conference rooms are equipped with sound or network connections. Thus, students who require a network connection (i.e,. internet) or sound, or who will be using alternate presentation software (i.e., not PowerPoint) should contact ASAP. 

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