Presentation Formats

* Includes two minutes for Q&A.
† Followed by 5 minute transition.
‡ Requests for presentation time greater than 15 minutes may be considered for this format, and will be on a case-by-case basis.
Note: The FoE committee may reassign your presentation format at its discretion. If you are reassigned, you will be contacted.


  • 15 minutes*†
  • An individual or group addressing an audience about a given topic. As all oral presentations will take place in mediated classrooms, this format may include a slideshow presentation.


  • A poster describing the subject of the presentation. Presenters will stand with their poster to answer questions. Posters should be no more than 40x60 inches (30x40 is preferred, portrait or landscape), but otherwise are at the presenter's discretion regarding formatting.
  • Posters printed by the Copy Shop may be submitted in JPG, PNG, or PDF format, and must be accompanied a Poster Printing Submission Form.
  • Due to budgetary constraints and the growing interest in poster presentations, the Festival of Excellence is placing some limitations on posters printed and paid for by the University. The Festival of Excellence will continue to pay for posters in the following manner:

    • Posters that constrain themselves to 30x40 inches
    • On a first-come, first-served basis as long as funding lasts

    Of course, if you wish to have a poster printed in the larger size of 40x60 inches you can opt to pay the difference in cost, which can be seen in the below table:

    Size Color or White Background Cost
    30 x 40 (8 sq. ft) Color background $26.00 (covered by Festival)
    30 x 40 (8 sq. ft) White Background $18.00 (covered by Festival)
    40 x 60 (16 sq. ft) Color background $50.00 (you pay $24.00)
    40 x 60 (16 sq. ft) White Background $35.00 (you pay $17.00)

    As you can see from the above table, It would also help us serve the most students if everyone leans more towards white backgrounds as opposed to color. With that said, and especially if you will be taking your poster to present at additional conferences, the color background is absolutely an option.

    In addition to the above limitations, the following deadlines have been set in order to allow adequate time for the Copy Shop to print posters:

    • Posters turned in to the Copy Shop by Friday, March 13th at 7 pm will be paid at 100% That gives us Spring Break to work on the posters
    • Posters turned in to the Copy Shop by Monday, March 23rd at 7 pm will be paid at 50%
    • Posters turned in to the Copy Shop by Wednesday, March 25th at 7 pm will be accepted but FoE will not pay any portion.
    • Posters that are printed outside of the Copy Shop need to be submitted to Trudy Widup by 5 pm on March 25th.

    If you will be unable to meet the March 25th deadline (such as for cases where the poster will be in use the weekend following the deadline), you may contact Trudy Widup at to discuss flexibility around the deadline.

    Exceptions to this rule may be made on a case-by-case basis if presenters contact and by March 19th.


  • All Day
  • Static presentations, such as artwork, designs, technical drawings, or other physical objects which can be viewed without presenter commentary. Presenter not required to be present for full time


  • 15 minutes*†‡
  • An active presentation, requiring more space or materials than an oral presentation.


  • 15, 35, or 55 minutes*†
  • A group of papers or projects that possess a unifying topic, method, or interdisciplinary connection. These projects will be presented consecutively in one location.


  • 15 minutes*†‡
  • A short piece of theatre, dance, music (vocal or instrumental), etc.

Gallery Talk

  • 15 minutes‡
  • Identical to a Display presentation, but the presenter will be assigned a period of time in which they will be present to discuss their presentation and answer questions about it. Display will remain up all day.

Remote Presentation

  • 15 minutes*†
  • Identical to Oral presentation, but given from off-campus using Zoom.


  • 15, 35, or 55 minutes*†
  • A discussion in which participants discuss a topic in an open forum. The discussion can be led by a moderator, formatted with specific questions in mind, etc. It should not be multiple structured presentations.


  • 6 minutes, 40 seconds
  • 20 slides displayed for 20 seconds each. Back-to-back presentations. No Q&A.