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Guidelines for Presentations

The UCF Graduate Research Forum is April 3, 2018. Events will open to the public beginning at 12:00 PM in the Student Union Pegasus Ballroom.

The 2018 Graduate Research forum will feature poster presentations and oral presentations. Participants will need to select the presentation format when submitting their abstract. Once abstracts are submitted students cannot change presentation format.

Proposal submissions are CLOSED.

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  • Step 1   Important Dates

    • January 11, 2018 - February 12, 2018: Submit project proposals for entry into the Graduate Research Forum

      Early March: Students notified by email of proposal acceptance

      March 20, 2018: Withdrawal Deadline

      March 26, 2018: Poster PDF/Oral Presentation Slides must be submitted

      April 3, 2018: Graduate Research Forum

  • Step 2   Proposal Submission Requirements and Deadlines

    • To submit a proposal, prepare the following for submission:

      1. Name and contact information
      2. Title of Presentation
      3. An abstract of 250 words or less.
      4. Names of co-authors and institutional affiliations (if not associated with the University of Central Florida). Note: co-authors apply to poster presentations only.
      5. Categories for submissions will be chosen from the following list:
        • Business Administration and Hospitality Management
        • Education
        • Engineering, Computer Science, Modeling and Simulation
        • Fine Arts and Humanities
        • Health Sciences (Clinical related)
        • Life Sciences (Basic Applied Sciences)
        • Mathematics, Optics and Physical Sciences
        • Social Sciences

      Submissions must be submitted online between January 11, 2018 and February 12, 2018

      Students will be notified by email in early March 2018 if their proposal has been selected for presentation at the Graduate Research Forum.

      If your proposal is accepted, a PDF of your poster (for poster presentations) or PowerPoint slides (for oral presentations) will be required by Monday, March 26, 2018.

  • Step 3   Additional Criteria

    • Originality of Submissions

      While papers may have previously been presented or published, the submission should be the original work of the author. If the presented paper is a result of a collaborative student-faculty project, it is expected that the majority of the research to be presented was completed by the graduate student. 

      Primary Author and Co-Authors

      To promote broad participation in the Graduate Research Forum, an individual may only appear as primary author on one proposal for both poster and oral presentations. Only one presenter is allowed for oral presentations, however, additional co-authorships are be permitted for poster presentations. Only the primary author will be recognized for award purposes.

      Copyright Permission

      Submission of your abstract and/or paper implies your agreement to the following copyright permission statement:

      The author licenses the University of Central Florida to publish the paper in the Graduate Research Forum Proceedings and elsewhere as the university deems appropriate. The author retains copyright and retains the non-exclusive right to publish or license this article or any derivative.

      Author warrants that he or she has the right under the Copyright Act to grant this license to the University of Central Florida and that no other person has rights in this article which are inconsistent with the author’s power to give this license and this warranty.

      Note: If papers have previously been published, it is the author’s responsibility to ensure republication is permitted and to properly document previous publications according to the requirements of the original publisher.

      Incomplete Projects

      Scholars often present their work before their projects are complete. If you are working on a project for a class, you may not have your final results or final product by early April when the Forum will take place.

      • If you have any preliminary results, use them as examples of the kind of results you hope to obtain. Discuss the significance of these results.
      • If you don't have any preliminary results, you can focus on projected results: what do you think you might find when your results are complete?
      • Whether you have complete, partial, or only projected results, keep in mind that your explanation of those results—their significance—is more important than the raw results themselves.
  • Step 4   Poster Presentation Requirements

    • Requirements

      A poster presentation is a graphically oriented summary of your research project. It consists of a collection of frames, displayed at eye-level on one side of a freestanding double-sided whiteboard.

      • Posters will be displayed on whiteboards with magnets (provided the day of the event). 
      • Posters must be no larger than 48" wide x 36" tall in order to fit on the whiteboard.
      • Presenters will need to submit a PDF of their poster to the submission site by Monday, March 26, 2018
      • Students should only bring their printed out poster the day of the event.
      • All presentation information should be within your poster, as there will be no available space in front of your poster for displaying items.
      • Your title should be appropriate for a general academic audience; make it interesting and informative.
      • The poster presentation should be self-contained and complete without additional oral explanation.
      • Judging will be based on the setup and visual appeal, clarity of your introduction, organizational flow, conclusion statements, audience analysis, and convincing proof of research potential and world relevance.
      • During the specified judging times at the Graduate Research Forum, the presenting author will be required to be at their poster station and authors should be prepared to explain their presented work.

      Suggested Format

      Your poster should be formatted with the following sections

      • Title: Include a banner frame clearly stating the title of the poster.
      • Abstract: Display your abstract on one frame, accompanied by your name and department on one frame. Clearly articulate what you did, how you did it, why you did it, and what it contributes to your field and the larger field of human knowledge.
      • Introduction: Specify the main argument of your study, provide an overview of what you did, the evidence that supports that argument, and point out the significance and value of the research. Be succinct in this one-frame element.
      • Method: Use at least one frame to present how you conducted your project.
      • Results: Indicate what your research has revealed.
      • Conclusion: Include an explanation of the ways the results satisfy the research objective. Illustrate how your findings impact scholars in your field and members of the broader intellectual community.

      For additional information, please see Graduate Research Forum Poster Information.

  • Step 5   Poster Printing

    • Students are required to print their own poster. The College of Graduate Studies does not provide printing services. However, some departments do have large-format printers, so inquire with your program for details.

      Remember, a PDF of your designed poster will be required to be submitted by Monday, March 26, 2018. It is highly suggested that you have your poster submitted for printing well before that date.

      Campus Options:

      UCF Print Shop -

      The Spot -

      Online Option:

      Make Signs -
      Printed from your PowerPoint or PDF file. You must account for shipment time.

      Staples - - Pick up at a local Staples store
      Convert your file to a PDF. Choose “Upload Your Own Design”, Banner Size should be 3’ by 4’, Orientation is ‘Landscape’. Before you confirm you will be able to preview it. Be careful of your margins because things too close to the edge will be cut off, as you will see in the preview. If this happens, you will need to go back to your PPT slide to adjust it and then convert it to a PDF.

  • Step 6   Guideline for Oral Presentations

      • Each presenter will be allowed a maximum of five static PowerPoint slides (no animations or video)
      • File format must be PowerPoint
      • Presenters will have 10 minutes for their presentations
      • The presenter must be able to communicate their research to the audience within this 10 minute allotment
      • Presenters will need to submit their static PowerPoint slides to the submission site by Monday, March 26, 2018
      • There will be no co-authors allowed for the oral presentations, as the judging will be based heavily on the communication of the research
      • Your PowerPoint slides will be pre-loaded on a laptop the day of the event and no changes can be made at the event
      • Oral presentations are not eligible for the statewide research forum
  • Step 7   Helpful Workshops

    • Pathways to Success Workshops

      Presentation Skills: February 1, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
      The Basics of Poster Presentations: March 6, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
      Dealing with Communication Anxiety: February 27, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
      The Basics of Poster Presentations: March 21, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
      Presentation Skills: March 29, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

      All Pathways to Success workshops are held in the Graduate Student Center located in Colbourn Hall, room 146. Register for Pathways to Success workshops through your myUCFStudent Center under Graduate Students then Pathways to Success. For full workshop details, please see the Workshops Descriptions page.

      Additional Workshops

      Paper to Poster
      This workshop by the College of Education is for students who would like to know how to create an effective poster to present research/projects at showcases and professional conferences. What we will cover: What headings and sections should I include on my poster? How can I make my poster visually appealing? What do judges look for in a poster? No RSVP needed.

      February 15, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ED 305
      February 19, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., ED 305


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