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Paper Presentation Information

Oral delivery is the most common form of presenting research at formal meetings. The setting can range from a small conference room to a large auditorium. It is important to make a clear distinction between the documents you prepared for the proceedings and the oral presentation your audience will be exposed to. Never plan to merely read your paper to the audience.
The research discussed in the written document should be identical to the research reported in your oral presentation; all pertinent information needs to be in both. However, your oral presentation should take advantage of an opportunity to discuss your research with your audience and to customize that discussion to interests expressed during the exchange.
This page is written to help answer the frequently asked questions by participants in the symposium. If you do not find the answer to your question, please email us at

Paper Presentation Frequently Asked Questions

Research presented at the OSU Research Symposium is considered to be for the purposes of disseminating generalizable research systematically gathered and intended for publication.  As such, presentations are expected to abide by all pertinent research policies, such as biosafety, animal safety, radiation safety, and use of human subjects (including surveys, questionnaires, and the like).  A useful resource in determining the circumstances under which review of the research by the appropriate committee is necessary can be found at  At this site, OSU students can also determine OSU's research review procedures (e.g., Institutional Research Board [IRB] review).  Students from outside OSU should ask their advisor about their home institution's procedures for research review.

People considering submitting a presentation that originated from a "classroom project" are welcome to register.  However, please note that for the purposes of presenting at the OSU Research Symposium, such "classroom projects" are considered as having been conducted for the purpose of disseminating the results to a larger body of individuals and, therefore, the appropriate approvals from the home institution are required.

OSU reserves the right to request proof of institutional research approval for all Research Symposium presentations.


All submitted abstracts will be posted on the Graduate College web site after the submission deadline in December. You will be able to view all abstracts from the main Research Symposium web page.

Click here to view abstracts from previous years

Research Symposium participants will be given a total of 15 minutes to make their presentation. They should allow for a few minutes for discussion and questions during these 15 minutes.

All presentations will be in the Student Union.
After the submission deadline, the symposium coordinators will assign each person a room and a presentation time. Presenters will be notified by email in January about their room and time assignment.
Presenters will be allowed a limited amount of time to change presentation days or times.
If your scheduling conflict is due to a class that you are enrolled in or teaching duties, please ask your instructor or faculty supervisor if you can be excused for your presentation.  If you are unable to present at the assigned time, we need to know as soon as possible to reschedule you. 
Please look at the schedule of available times posted on the symposium web page after these have been released. List in an email to the Graduate College an open time that fits your schedule. Instructions on who to send the email to and deadline for schedule changes will be included in your email notification. Changes are allowed for a limited time; after the schedule change deadline, changes in presentation schedules can not be made.
Each room will be equipped with the following:
* A laptop or a desktop computer
* Microsoft Powerpoint
* USB port for thumb drives
* An LCD projector (or other monitor) will be connected to the computer
Provided computers may not have wireless connectivity.
Because the needs of presenters are so varied, we cannot provide for all of their needs. If your presentation requires a slide projector, flip chart, tape player, laser pointer, etc., you should bring your own.
If your presentation requires a special computer (such as a Apple computer), software, or a zip disk, then you are required to bring a computer with that software or zip disk.
Remember - even with the best of planning, unexpected technological problems can happen. We encourage you to have back-up plan should your presentation not launch on the computer. Having a back-up presentation represents good planning on your part for any professional seminar.

Make sure you have enough copies for those in attendance. The number of audience members varies as a function of topic and time of day. It is not possible to predict the attendance at your presentation. You should plan on anywhere from 5 to 20 audience members. You should bring at least 3 copies of your abstract and slides for the room judges.

Each room will have one or two faculty judges as well as a student acting as a judge and as the moderator.
The moderator will be responsible for introducing the presenter's name and presentation title. The moderator will also be responsible for announcing when 15 minutes is over, and that you must end your presentation.
Each judge will have a criteria form to evaluate your presentation. The judges are asked to critique your introduction, statement of the problem, methods, conclusions, overall presentation, and other criteria. These criteria forms are used to decide the winners of each award category.
NOTE: You are expected to provide to the judges copies of your abstract and your presentation slides.
Yes. Instructions will be sent by email after the research symposium on how you can request the comments of the judges.
Decisions about awards are still being made.
The purpose of the research symposium is to provide professional presentation experience to students. Oral presentations are a complex mix of speech techniques, visual aids, and information. You are encouraged to read the PDF document "Effective Research Presentations" for hints and suggestions on such presentations.