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Presentation Proceedings and Guidelines for Oral and Poster Presentation Competition

All participants of the Research Symposium are strongly encouraged to share this and any scheduled presentation information with your advisors and co-presenter(s).

As a participant, check the final Symposium Presentation Schedule for any last minute updates by visiting, www.tnstate.edu/researchsymposium.


Student Presentation

The 46th Annual Tennessee State University-wide Research Symposium will be an in-person event.  Students will need to be in the indicated space (to be determined later) to be evaluated during the competition.


Student Presenters must be present for their presentations, both oral and poster. All student presenters should be present five minutes prior to the time scheduled for their presentation, but will not be asked to present until their scheduled time. Ten (10) minutes will be allowed for Oral Presentation and ten (10) minutes will be allowed for Poster Presentation. Once the presentation, including questions and answers is completed, the previous student presenter(s) may choose to exit the room or stay if viewing the next presentation. As deemed necessary, the Session Moderator may choose to remove attendees to preserve the environment needed for presentation.  Presenters are responsible for ensuring technical functionality of any technology device required to support their presentation.

Oral Presentation sessions should be attended by at least one Session Moderator and three Session Judges.  The Session Moderator(s) will preside over the session, announcing the presentation and tracking time. Students giving an Oral Presentation must present their research and must be seen by the Session Judges for the entire time of presentation.  The talk given may be accompanied by a demonstration or media showing a particular process or information pertinent to the research being presented.  Each Oral Presentation will be allowed ten minutes.  It is suggested that the presenter take up to seven minutes for oration and demonstration of research and leave three minutes for a question and answer period.  The presentation will be judged on the following criteria:  Introduction and Background;  Content,  Organization, Knowledge  of Material; and Presentation  Delivery and Response.   

Posters should be no larger than 36" x 48".  Students giving a Poster Presentation must present with their poster to present the research and answer questions. Each Poster Presentation will be allowed ten minutes total time for presentation and question and answer.  The presentation will be judged on the following criteria:   Introduction and Background, Content and  Organization, Knowledge  of Material, and Presentation  Delivery and Response. (Videos providing tips for creating posters can be found here, if needed.)  All Posters should be removed no later than 12:00 PM for morning sessions and 5:00 PM for afternoon sessions on the day of presentation.


Faculty and Staff Presentation


Faculty abstract submission will be taken for both oral and poster presentation.  Use the following link to submit Faculty Abstracts:  https://tnstateu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5ooXcDLXOAZBK18 All faculty will be scheduled to present Thursday, March 28, 2024 from 12:00 PM until 4:00 PM in the Research and Sponsored Programs Building, 2nd Floor

Faculty Oral Presentations 
Faculty Oral Presentations will begin promptly at 1:00 PM in Room 209 of the Research and Sponsored Programs Building. Each faculty member will be allowed 15 minutes to give their scheduled Oral Presentation. Please keep this in mind as there will most likely be presentations that follow yours. It is suggested that all digital media accompanying the presentation be delivered to Reginald Cannon either physically at RSP Suite 1A or electronically at rcannon@tnstate.edu by Tuesday, March 26th, 2024. This includes PowerPoint Presentations, PDF files, Canva or other web links, etc. They will be loaded onto the PC prior to the time of presentation. 

Faculty Poster Presentations 
Faculty Posters may be setup for display as early as Noon, March 28, 2024 on easels setup on the 2nd Floor of the Research and Sponsored Programs  Building.  Faculty members are not required to stand with their poster, but are welcome to do so if they wish from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM.  Poster Boards, sized at 48"x36" will be provided as mounts for the posters. (Videos providing tips for creating posters can be found here, if needed.)  All Posters should be removed by 5:00 PM.

Please check this page for more details as the date of the symposium approaches.  Contact rcannon@tnstate.edu for any questions or concerns.