UMSS Presenters

Why Be a UMSS Student Presenter?

  • Sharpens presentation and communication skills
  • Practice talking about your work
  • A great addition to CV/resume
  • Network with peers
  • Connect with sponsors/future employers
  • Share what you have been working on with the campus community
  • Refine your thinking processes as a researcher, which can be used in your future career
  • Research skills are extremely valuable in any field
A photo of a student presenting at the symposium

How to become a UMSS Student Presenter

Step 1: Submit an Abstract

AI Tools Disclaimer: all students are required to be transparent about their use of AI tools in the drafting of material for Fellowships or the Symposium. Students are reminded that they are ultimately responsible for the accuracy of any and all content submitted for these opportunities: while AI tools are powerful and can be helpful, they can and often do return incorrect information (known as hallucinations) when asked to generate text.

Step 2: Obtain Faculty Mentor Approval of Abstract

Step 3: Choose and Develop your Presentation Method

A. Poster

36” x 48” PowerPoint Slides Poster Template– Horizontal

36” x 48” PowerPoint Slides Poster Template – Vertical
  • Presentation Posters are displayed on easels and Exhibit Posters are reserved with a 4-foot table section.
  • Printing Options
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B. Exhibit

What is an Exhibit?

  • An exhibit may contain demonstrative items beyond a poster (although a poster may be part of your exhibit but is not mandatory)
  • This may include items like artwork, models, digital presentation features, or other items that have never been seen at the Symposium before!

Presenters are responsible for their own exhibition components, and communication of their space and display needs to UMSS organizers at by Monday, March 25th, 2024. 

For additional questions about accessible accommodations, please email

  • Examples of needs might include a table, power, chairs, etc.
  • We will try to meet the needs to the best of our ability but items like screens, TVs, etc are not something we can supply.泭
  • Contact us so we can talk about it!
C. Oral Presentation

What is an oral presentation?

An oral presentation will consist of:

  • A slide deck students will use as a visual aid to their presentation.
  • Oral Presentations will be scheduled in 15-minute blocks, giving the student a few minutes to set up their technology, 5-7 minutes to talk about their slides, and a few minutes for questions.
  • There will be a UMSS volunteer in the room to keep an eye on the time, and who will notify the student when they need to start wrapping things up.

Oral presenters will want to bring in their laptops, in order to hook into the system and access the slide deck for presentation.

After completing your slide deck, email it or give access to In the event that your laptop doesnt connect to the system, a member of the UMSS team will be available with their laptop and can access the presentation.

For additional questions about accessible accommodations, please email