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GRADUATE RESEARCH AND SCHOLARLY PROJECTS SYMPOSIUM

Preparing for the GRASP Symposium

After your abstract has been accepted and you have confirmed your intent to participate, you will be added to the GRASP group on BlackBoard. Access it under "My Organizations." Use the GRASP group on BlackBoard to:

  • submit your final abstract, and, if doing an oral presentation, your PowerPoint slides
  • find out when you are presenting
  • get important announcements and reminders before the event

Preparing Your Poster

Posters may be no larger than 36x48 inches (4' wide x 3' tall). GRASP will provide tacks for the posters--you need only to bring your poster. You are not required to use a particular form, but here is a generic template that you may find helpful:

For excellent advice on preparing a poster, see Designing Conference Posters by Colin Purrington.

Here are samples of posters from past events:

Psychology #1 Psychology #2
English Chemistry
Industrial/Mfg Eng. #1 Industrial/Mfg Eng. #2
Mechanical Eng.  

Be prepared to give a 3-5 minute oral summary of your project to the judges. After your summary, judges may ask you questions about your project. Remember, judges will come from all areas of the university, so your poster and summation should be directed to a general audience. Read the Judging Rubrics for Posters for more information.

Preparing Your Oral Presentation

Prepare an 8-minute presentation with an additional two minutes for questions/answers.  You are not required to use a particular template. You will need to upload your PowerPoint slideshow to the GRASP site on BlackBoard by the deadline.

Remember, judges will come from all areas of the university, so your presentation should be directed to a general audience. Read the Judging Rubrics for Oral Presentations for more information.

The Day of the Event

Check the Event Schedule and the GRASP group on Blackboard to make sure you know when to be present.

Check in at the registration desk to get your name tag and find out where you are to set up your poster or oral presentation.

We encourage all presenters to attend the Opening Session in the morning and the Closing Session in the afternoon. Snacks will be provided, but you may like to bring your own food or purchase food in the RSC during a break.

Dress professionally, be entertaining, keep to the required time limit, maintain eye contact by not reading directly from your presentation, practice your speech, and have fun!