All presenters are required to have a faculty mentor that is aware of, and has approved of, the research. IRB approval is not a specific requirement for conference participation. Students should check with their faculty supervisor to see if their research meets the conditions for IRB approval as specified in the IRB Moodle shell.
All research that involves human subjects must have Tiffin University IRB approval prior to conducting one's research. The Tiffin University IRB is available via Moodle with an enrollment key. Faculty mentors should be able to assist presenters with the IRB process.
It is important to prepare your presentation adequately to be successful at this conference! If you are not sure where to start creating your presentation, the following information can help guide you through the process.
Visual aids are strongly encouraged. These include handouts and PowerPoints. Remember, slides are supposed to help the listener, not to be read to the listener. Make sure your slides add something to your verbal information. Each speaker should prepare a presentation that includes time to answer questions. Practice the timing of your speech and remember you will probably talk faster in performance than in practice!
A typical paper or slides presentation consists of the following:
Once you have all the information needed for your presentation, you will need to structure the information so it has a natural flow. You can use the following outline as a template to help you structure your presentation.
Presenting via Blackboard Collaborate requires having a working internet connection, webcam, and microphone. If you may need any of these items for your presentation, please contact the event organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Virtual presenters will use Blackboard Collaborate to record their presentations so that they may be shared virtually. Collaborate is a video chat program that allows presenters to share screens and documents with viewers. It creates a remote experience that mimics a presentation room. You can learn more about Collaborate on Blackboard's Collaborate Tutorials (opens in a new window). You can also watch the video below for a tutorial on sharing screens in Blackboard Collaborate.
If you believe that your presentation would benefit greatly by having a handout for your audience, you are welcome to use one. They are highly encouraged if there is content that you are unable to cover! It can also serve as a creative outlet for your presentation as a whole. If you plan on using a handout to supplement your presentation, please have it as a PDF or Word file that can be easily distributed.
For more guidance on creating quality presentations, you can view our guide on creating effective presentations below.
Posters should be printed with no hand-written aspects or visible glue/tape. Follow these guidelines when completing your poster:
Poster Presentations will take time to prepare, so start assembling early! You may even want to consider having your poster professionally printed for display on the Tiffin Campus. You may use an outside vendor, but the ITS department will print posters at no charge to you provided you meet the following criteria:
Templates for PowerPoint are available below. To build a poster in Microsoft Publisher, check out this YouTube Video: How to Create a Poster Using Microsoft Publisher (2:13).
One goal of Tiffin University's Annual Research Conference is to prepare students for the expectations of presentations and conferences in the professional world. As such, we ask you to please review these helpful tips in preparation for the conference
For those presenting on the Tiffin Campus, this is a professional event. Please wear your finest. Some ideas of things to wear include suits, dress pants, skirts, button-up shirts or blouses, blazers, ties, and dresses.
Please avoid wearing jeans, sneakers, hoodies, t-shirts, and hats.
Even though students will be presenting remotely, professional business attire is still expected.
Every presenter should be prepared with information about his/herself, his/her research design, and his/her findings. Have your speech planned out and practice it! Be prepared to answer lots of questions; Think about some possible questions that'll be asked and how you'll answer them.