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Presenting at SOURCE

Students in all disciplines and on all campuses - including online - can present at SOURCE. The type of presentation you choose to make is based on the type of work you have done and your goals for your presentation. Read more about:

Talk with your mentor about which format is moost appropriate for you.


Types of presentations at SOURCE


Poster session at SOURCE

The majority of presentations at SOURCE are posters. In a poster presentation, you prepare a poster describing your work and present it during a 90-minute poster session. During the session, you stand with your poster and talk with people who come by. This is a great way to get feedback on work in progress, as you have a lot of opportunity for discussion with others. It's also a good opportunity for group projects, since you can all be at the poster talking to people about your work.


Oral presentation

Oral presentation

In an oral presentation, you have 10 minutes to present your work, usually with slides, in front of an audience, with 2 minutes for questions. usually, 3-4 oral presentations that share a theme are scheduled together in a session. An oral presentation is a great choice for a completed project where you aren't looking for as much feedback; an oral presentation at SOURCE is also excellent practice for an oral presentation at a regional or national meeting.

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Creative expression / performance

Creative performance

Performances include musical performances, theatre, film and video, and spoken word. Typically, performances also are 10 minutes with 2 minutes for questions, but it may be possible for difference time lengths to be accommodated.

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Constructed and creative objects

Constructed Bike

Constructed and creative objects include 3D models, machines, devices, and visual art. All forms of visual art are welcome, including original painting, sculpture, photography, prints, textile arts, fashion designs, drawings, pottery, jewelry, and metal works. These are presented together in a 90-minute session similar to a poster session, where students stand with their creative/constructed object and talk to people about it. In some cases (fashion design, engineering design), you are encouraged to make a poster to go with your creative/constructed object to support your presentation.



In a panel presentation, three or more oral presentations that share a theme are scheduled together, with a longer time schedule at the end for a discussion that integrates all of the presentations. In addition to the presenters, a panel has a moderator who facilitates the discussion and prepares questions in advance.

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