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Poster at the Academic Excellence Conference

Presentation Types


Exhibits consist of a visual display of a single work or a collection of work by one or more students (i.e. paintings, drawings, prints, posters, photography, sculpture, ceramics, installation, multi-media).

An exhibit should be accompanied by a general statement of purpose and individual artist statements that provide an intellectual context both for the collection as a whole and for its individual pieces. Presenters should be prepared to entertain the viewers’ questions after the exhibition.

Exhibits will be available for viewing throughout the celebration, with a designated time slot during which presenters will discuss their work with viewers.

Film Screenings

Film screenings consist of one or more original student films. Student presenters should be prepared to introduce their work, including discussion of their method and intellectual context, and entertain questions from the audience.

Oral presentations

Oral presentations involve a presentation of a paper or research project with or without visual aids. (20 minutes to present and 10 minutes to respond to questions)

Panel discussions

Panel discussions involve 3-5 students presenting and discussing their views on a scholarly topic and responding to audience questions. (45 minutes to present and 15 minutes to respond to questions)


Performances require students to provide an introduction to and perform their scholarly work. Examples of performances include a poetry reading, dramatic reading, dance, and vocal or instrumental piece. Artists should be able to provide the audience with an intellectual context for the performance and be prepared to entertain questions from the audience. (20 minutes to present or perform and 10 minutes to respond to questions)


Posters present a visual display of student work on poster boards supplied by the College. Presenters should be able to provide a scholarly introduction to their work and be prepared to entertain the viewers’ questions. (Students will stand next to their posters for 1 hour to explain their projects to conference participants and address participant questions) Detailed instructions on downloadable poster templates, designing and submitting your poster will be available on the poster session Canvas site. Examples of poster presentations include a research study, a creative unit plan, a pictorial display of art work, or an essay.

Workshops and Demonstrations

Workshops consist of a brief presentation followed by interaction with the audience. The purpose of a workshop is to introduce the audience to your subject and involve them in using a skill or technique. Students in the Human Performance and Movement Sciences program might consider demonstrating a movement and describing the science behind it.(20 minutes to present and 10 minutes to respond to questions)

For Information About Academic Engagement

Celia Rabinowitz
Asst VP for Academic Engagement and Director of Mason Library

Patrice Wright
Senior Administrative Assistant