Information for Presenters

Thank you for participating in the Learning @ Luther Showcase!
Please read these instructions carefully so your presentation can truly reflect the excellence of your work.

The time and location of your presentation can be found on the schedule.


Poster Presenters:

  • Prepare posters that can fit approximately a 4 foot x 4 foot poster space. You will be supplied with a poster board, a poster stand, and pins to mount your poster.
  • Your poster must include: presentation title, names of presenters, and academic department. Include background information about your project as not everyone who comes to your poster will have read your abstract.
  • Prepare for an audience of your peers or a faculty member outside of your discipline. Remember that many people who visit your poster will not be familiar with your field of study so be sure to fully explain your work to this target audience.
  • Prepare and practice talking through the presentation of your work. You should spend no more than 3-5 minutes discussing your poster with any given individual. Please practice your poster presentation with your faculty sponsor and your friends.
  • Prior to the poster session, you will receive a map to tell you where you will set up your poster at the session. Set-up your poster at your assigned location at least 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the poster session.
  • You must display your poster for the entire session. We encourage at least one presenter to be at the poster at all times during the session.

 15-minute Presentation Presenters:

  • When the sessions are scheduled, you will be assigned the exact length of your presentation based on the number of presenters in the session. Plan the timing of your presentation to include ~5 minutes for questions after you finished your planned presentation.
  • Each presenter in a session is expected to be at the entire session. If there is time at the end of the session, the group may engage in a collaborative discussion about the session theme.
  • Prepare your presentation for an audience of your peers and faculty members outside of your discipline. To be an effective presenter, be sure to prepare for this target audience.
  • Practice your presentation several times with your faculty mentor, friends, your peers, and on your own. Your presentation will be better the more you practice. If there are multiple presenters, clearly establish the roles of each presenter. Aim to practice enough that you can get away from prepared text and notes.
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your session’s start time. Introduce yourself to the moderator assigned to your session and clarify how to pronounce your name. Tell the moderator if there is any specific information you would like included in your introduction. Discuss your presentation format with the moderator and other presenters (i.e., slides presented from podium computer or own laptop) to clarify how transitions between presentations will take place.
  • Remember that technology is not foolproof. If you are planning to use slides, make sure you have a back-up copy and test the technology you plan to use before the beginning of the session.
  • The moderator will introduce each presenter, is responsible for keeping the panel on time, and will mediate questions and discussions after presentations. Moderators will not allow talks to run over the scheduled time so pay close attention to the moderator for timing cues.

 Lighting Talk Presenters:

  • You will have up to 5 minutes for your presentation.
  • If you plan to use slides for your presentation, there is a 7-slide maximum: 1 title slide, up to 5 content slides, and 1 references/acknowledgements slide. Do not exceed this limit.
  • Prepare your presentation for an audience of your peers and faculty members outside of your discipline. To be an effective presenter, be sure to prepare for this target audience.
  • Practice your talk several times. Your presentation will be better the more you practice. Aim to practice enough that you can get away from prepared text and notes.
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your session’s start time. Introduce yourself to the moderator assigned to your session and clarify how to pronounce your name. Tell the moderator if there is any specific information you would like included in your introduction.
  • If you use slides, you will need to present from the podium computer to facilitate quick, smooth transitions between presenters. Load your presentation onto the podium computer before the session begins.  
  • Remember that technology is not foolproof. If you are planning to use slides, make sure you have a back-up copy and test the technology you plan to use before the beginning of the session.
  • The moderator will introduce each presenter, is responsible for keeping the panel on time, and will mediate the discussion after presentations. Moderators will not allow talks to run over the scheduled time so pay close attention to the moderator for timing cues.
  • There will be a panel discussion involving all presenters at the end of the session. Every presenter is expected to participate in the entire session.