Oral presentations on similar topics are grouped together into blocks of three to four related talks. Each presentation is allotted 15 minutes with an additional 3 minutes for audience questions.
Visual aids such as PowerPoint or Prezi presentations or videos are strongly encouraged. All presentation rooms are equipped with a computer, projector, internet, and screen. If additional accommodations are needed, please indicate this when you submit your abstract.
An oral presentation is a good option for submitters whose projects are characterized by exploration of a question, hypothesis, process or problem. Examples of such projects include senior seminar or thesis, descriptive, correlational, or experimental research, independent studies, or creative capstone projects. Business plans and panel presentations are also included in this category.
Students may allocate their 15 minutes of presentation time in whatever manner they prefer. For projects with three or more presenters, a double session or panel session may be requested and must be approved by the SOURCE committee.
If your primary intent is to discuss the process of or influences on a creative activity, an oral presentation may be the most appropriate choice. If, however, your intent is to present the product of your creative activities (e.g., a musical score, a reading, a video), consider selecting the creative expression category.
It can often be difficult for an audience to follow along without visual aids such as a Powerpoint presentation. Be prepared to make eye-contact with your audience and directly address them in order to engage their interest in your project. Because a thesis is designed to be read rather than heard, you'll need to adjust the focus and presentation style to better accommodate an oral presentation.