This year the symposium is entirely online via Zoom and will take place on Friday, April 23, 2021, from 5:00 pm. to 9:00 p.m.

Each presenter will be assigned to a specific breakout room depending on their sub-discipline (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Math etc.), where they will present their short-talk to the virtual audience. Each accepted abstract presenter will present their research in the form of a platform presentation (Powerpoint, Keynote presentations etc.) that should be no longer than 5 minutes, with 2 additional minutes for Qs & As. It is important to practice your presentation multiple times beforehand and make sure that it runs smoothly without any technical issues. This year’s format provides undergraduate and graduate students an ideal platform to hone their skills to effectively and succinctly present and communicate science to a broader audience.

Suggestions for Effective Platform Presentation

There are no set guidelines for a platform presentation, but listed below are some useful links for creating and presenting short and effective oral presentations.

Here is a link from the Science Publisher “Elsevier” that provides suggestions on how to give an effective presentation.…

Here is another useful link that provides suggestions on short 5-minute presentations.…

Other Useful Suggestions for Effective Talks Include the Following:

  • Use bullet points as much as possible, particularly for background and summary/conclusion sections.
  • Use diagrams, graphs, charts, photographs, but be sure each has a title and caption.
  • A poster presentation is both a visual and an oral presentation. This is a delicate balancing act: using too much text will distract and detract from the audience‚Äôs enthusiasm for your work while using too little may not allow the audience to grasp the extent of your work.
  • Use appropriate fonts and font sizes for text (12 pt Times New Roman may work well for a paper, but is a strain on the eyes for a poster).
  • Work closely with your faculty mentor on the content of your poster.
  • Give yourself ample time to outline the poster, create the text and graphics for the poster, arrange the information in a logical fashion, and then have your faculty advisor suggest changes for everything.

If you have any questions about poster presentations, please contact Dr. Shaan Bhatt at 610-660-3440 or