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Keys to the World Showcase and 15th Annual Research and Creativity Symposium

Frequently Asked Questions

Presenter FAQ's

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:

Abstracts for the humanities and sciences may differ in format. Examples for each can be found below.

As citizens of such a young nation, American students tend to limit their attention to current events of the United States and its immediate history. This mentality often conflicts with students’ abilities to understand the importance of learning about other countries’ history, being so far removed both geographically and culturally from the homes of the oldest civilizations. Contrary to learning from secondary accounts, students who immerse themselves into foreign cultures and their history are able to form their own observations and conclusions, which can revitalize their passions and solidify their knowledge. It also increases self-awareness of their relationships with different cultures and peoples and promotes a higher understanding of life and human interconnections. This oral presentation will provide details of the experiences and observations on the distinct differences between studying textbooks and studying abroad, using photographs from the study abroad experience to support these points.

A Massive Transfusion Protocol (MTP) is activated when a patient’s blood loss is exceeding their total blood volume in 24 hours. The MTP is a schedule of blood products that are prepared and administered for as long as the MTP is in progress. The goal is to keep all medical personnel organized and enables them to work together in harmony. A chart outlines the contents of each blood product shipment, this breakdown of blood products allows the lab to be able to prepare the products needed in a timely fashion throughout the MTP. This case study is an example of how such protocol is used. In this presentation, lab values are used to show the positive effects the transfusion had on the patient’s outcome.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Will I receive feedback on my presentation?

Yes! We want this to be a learning experience for you. All presentations will be evaluated by attendees and you will receive an email after the showcase with an overview of the feedback provided. Also, awards will be given based on the scores that attendees give to presentations. These awards will be presented at the Awards Ceremony immediately after the final session of the Showcase. 

 Group Presenter FAQs

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. 

How many students can be part of each presentation?

For oral presentations, the number of students involved is limited to four. For poster presentations there is a limit of 2 presenters per poster. 

 Poster Presenter FAQs

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. Posters must be in the format provided in the templates below. Trifold and/or handmade posters will not be permitted.

Poster Template - STEM Projects

Poster Template - Arts and Humanities Projects

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. 

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. Poster presenters should be prepared to discuss their project including, but not limited to, the methods used, key results, etc.