Information for Participants


Symposium Etiquette

As participants, you are encouraged to wear professional/business attire during your presentation. Judges and any attendees have the ability to ask questions pertaining to your research project in a comment box on the virtual website. We encourgage you to monitor any comments or questions and address as necessary during the Symposium dates of October 21-23. Judges may pose questions to you and you are obligated to respond to them during the symposium dates. We recommend making time to address questions once per day. Presenters get notified by email and in the case of a reply the commenter also gets a notification. The comment box theoretically never closes (you may have discussion even after the event is over); The symposium will end by 5 pm on Oct 23, so all judges questions will be asked by then.


Information For Poster Presenters

Preparing your poster

Tips for designing your poster

The Digital Media Center at the Mitchell Memorial Library can provide help for the design and printing of your poster. They hold workshops each semester on how to design presentation posters and will print your posters on their large format printer.

Design Help Online

Design Help Workshops

Poster presentations and judging procedures

Each student project will be judged by at least three judges. Judges will be visiting posters asynchronously during the virtual event from October 21-23. Each judge is given a rubric to assign the projects he/she reviews a total score based upon that rubric (X/100). For each category, the judges’ scores will be z-scored against themselves and the normalized scores for each participant will then be averaged to develop a rank (1, 2, 3, etc.). The ranking will be used to determine place winners for each category: Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences and Engineering, Physical Sciences and Engineering, and Social Sciences. A sample of the judging rubric for posters can be downloaded here.

You should monitor any comments/questions left in your project's comment box as judges may ask you questions. Comment exchanges, or lack thereof, with symposium judges may affect your project score.


Information For Oral Presenters

Oral presentions format

Your presentation:

  • Should be no more than fifteen minutes in length for an oral presentaton.
  • Should be geared toward a non-field expert.
  • May include a visual slide show.

Oral presentations and judging procedures

Each student will be assigned at least two judges. Each judge is given a rubric to assign the projects he/she reviews a total score based upon that rubric (X/100). The judges’ scores will be z-scored against themselves and the normalized scores for each participant will then be averaged to develop a rank (1, 2, 3, etc.). The ranking will be used to determine place winners for the Arts and Humanities Oral Presentations and Performances category. A sample of the judging rubric for oral presentations/performances can be downloaded here.

You should monitor any comments/questions left in your project's comment box as judges may ask you questions. Comment exchanges, or lack thereof, with symposium judges may affect your project score.


Information For Performers/Demonstrators

Performaces/Demonstrations format

Your presentation:

  • Should be no more than twenty minutes in length for a performance/demonstration.
  • May include a brief voiceover video (no more than five minutes) describing your performance or demonstration.

Performances/Demonstrations and judging procedures

Each student will be assigned at least two judges. Each judge is given a rubric to assign the projects he/she reviews a total score based upon that rubric (X/100). The judges’ scores will be z-scored against themselves and the normalized scores for each participant will then be averaged to develop a rank (1, 2, 3, etc.). The ranking will be used to determine place winners for the Arts and Humanities Oral Presentations and Performances category. A sample of the judging rubric for oral presentations/performances can be downloaded here.

You should monitor any comments/questions left in your project's comment box as judges may ask you questions. Comment exchanges, or lack thereof, with symposium judges may affect your project score.


On Symposium Days

Instructional information for the Symposium event days will be released shortly.