QEP Showcase Frequently Asked Questions
What format should my abstract be written in?
Abstracts will be included in the event program, so it is essential that they are written in a consistent and professional manner. Follow these guidelines when writing your abstract:
- 3rd person narration - avoid first person language such as "I" or "we"
- Length should be approximately 150 words
- Briefly explain the project, results, and presentation format
Abstracts for the humanities and sciences may differ in format. Examples for each can be found below.
Elias Polk was born into slavery on the Samuel Polk Plantation in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina in 1806. As an infant, he was moved with the Polk family west to Tennessee, where he was raised on the Polk farm in Spring Hill, Tennessee. In 1824 Elias was sent to live with Samuel’s son James K. Polk and his wife Sarah in Columbia, Tennessee. Elias Polk worked for and was a nearly constant companion to James K. Polk through his years as a congressman, Governor of Tennessee and President of the United States. Almost as soon as the Civil War ended Elias became involved in Tennessee politics. Elias Polk took part in the creation of several African-American political clubs and was hailed as a spectacular political speaker in the post-war South. In the 1870’s, Elias moved to Washington, D.C., was appointed and worked at the U.S. Capitol until the Republican Party regained control of the House of Representatives in 1881. Through twenty-two newspaper articles, five letters of personal correspondence, and numerous other sources this work represents the first effort to compile primary material related to this figure in American History.
Proteomics is a multi-step process used to identify proteins that are differentially expressed in closely related samples. In order to determine the most cost effective approach to tryptic digestion of proteins, a manufacturer’s tryptic digestion kit was compared to using chemicals purchased from alternative sources. Results indicated that excess reagents from the manufacturer’s kit could be coupled with trypsin/EDTA solution used for cell culture when the limited purified trypsin was exhausted from the kit. Furthermore, all reagents could be purchased in bulk, provided contamination could be minimized over time.
What is the dress code for presenters?
Presenters (and attendees, for that matter) should dress business-casual. Treat this as you would a professional conference.
How should I apply if I am part of a group presentation?
When signing up as a group, each individual student should sign up through the online application form. There is an option on the form for "Individual or Group Presentation" where the applicant can indicate if they are presenting alone or with others. If participating in a Group Presentation, please ensure that all applicants apply using the same presentation title and abstract.
Can I eat while presenting?
No! Please do not eat while presenting. Plan to eat before or after your presentation time.
How soon should I arrive to check in for my presentation?
All presenters need to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to their scheduled presentation time and check-in at the main registration desk.
Is there a template to use for my poster presentation?
Yes. Two templates are provided below - one for STEM projects and one that is geared more towards arts and humanities projects. These templates are merely starting points for you to use and are mainly to ensure that your poster will be the right size for the boards used. Feel free to include pictures on your poster and to change the color and/or format of the poster template to make it your own.
How do I know if I should do a poster or oral presentation?
If your presentation is highly detailed or technical, you may want to consider an oral presentation rather than poster. For an oral presentation, you have 30 minutes to present - 15-20 minutes for your presentation and the remaining time for questions. A good rule of thumb is that if you need longer than 7 minutes to present your project, you should do an oral presentation.
Can I get my poster printed on my own or do I have to go through the Learning Opportunities Center?
You are more than welcome to print your poster on your own, but the design will still need to be approved by the LOC and will need to follow the same guidelines as other posters.
Can I keep my poster after the showcase?
Yes! The poster is yours to keep.
How many students can be part of each presentation?
For oral presentations and performances, the number of students involved is unlimited. However, for poster presentations there is a limit of 2 presenters per poster.
Do I have to stay for the entire day?
No, but we encourage you to come to as many sessions as your schedule allows. If needed, a letter can be provided for your professors for missed class. However, you are encouraged to talk this over with your professors beforehand to ensure that it will be an excused absence.
I am presenting a poster - do I have to be there in person?
Yes, all poster presenters must be at their assigned space in order to be eligible for judging and awards.