Presentation Requirements and Rubrics

Depending on the the category of your project, you will need to take different factors into consideration when preparing your presentation. See below for requirements for each category, and specific criteria for evaluation (rubrics). For clarification on the requirements specific to your discipline, consult with your faculty mentor.

Special Instructions for All Student Presenters

  • Each oral presentation is allotted 10 minutes, with an additional 2-3 minutes for discussion and questions. Judges will be in the room during all of the presentations that are to be judged. 
  • Poster presentations need to be displayed during the entire poster session to which they are assigned. During the session, judges will visit with each poster for approximately 5-7 minutes each.
  • Participants are expected to attend the entire session in which their work is presented.

Requirements by Presentation Category

Oral Presentations/Demonstrations

  • Supporting materials such as PowerPoint slides, databases, computer applications, prototypes, etc. may be used or demonstrated.
  • If presenters choose to incorporate computer programs or slides, a font size of 20 point is recommended. All projects using PowerPoint materials will be using a computer with a Windows-compatible platform and Office 2013 software.


Creative Performances/Readings

  • A piano, if needed, will be provided, but all other instruments/equipment must be provided by the participant(s).
  • Performances may not be allotted a full 10 minutes, based on the nature of the discipline. Check with your faculty mentor if further clarification is needed.



  • Posters should be no larger than 48" x 36", mounted on foam board (or a freestanding tri-fold poster) ready to be placed on an easel, and include the project title and name(s) of presenter(s). Font and type size (between 16 and 24 point font) should be readable from a distance of two feet.
  • If needed, a template for a poster project is available either in PowerPoint (set correct dimensions) or at which can be downloaded and printed locally.


Visual Arts/Exhibits

  • Actual artwork or photographs of the work may be displayed and should be easily viewed from a distance of two feet. Exhibits may include (but are not limited to) painting, fibers, sculpture, and photography.