Presentation Guidelines


Completely read through the guidelines as they will help you fill out the registration form correctly and completely. Make sure your faculty sponsor is aware that you are submitting an abstract!

Required information for student abstracts

  1. Class standing
  2. Type of Presentation
  3. Title of abstract is limited to a maximum of 120 characters  (including spaces)
  4. The abstract is limited to a maximum of 1200 characters (including spaces)

Paper Presentations

  • Oral presentations must not exceed 10 minutes plus time for questions
  • The abstract (1200 characters (including spaces), maximum) must be submitted with your registration
  • Make sure you include the author(s) name(s) and title of the paper in the text of the abstract
  • Check appropriate boxes under “equipment needs“ on the registration form


  • Printed posters should not exceed 36 inches in width or 48 inches in length. Penn State University will provide poster panels, tacks, and easels to display printed posters
  • Students may display posters mounted on trifold poster board using easels provided. NOTE: Trifold poster boards must be provided by the student and should not exceed 4 feet in width or height.
  • Please specify which type of poster display you plan to use (easel only or poster panel & easel) by checking the appropriate box under “equipment needs” on the registration form
  • Poster presenters must be present for the entire time their poster is displayed to explain their information to and answer questions of conference attendees.

Visual Artwork

  • A digital image of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional visual art submissions must be attached as a .jpg or .gif or .tif as part of your registration
  • Visual art submissions are limited to one (1) piece of visual art expression unless format dictates otherwise (e.g. triptych or progression).
  • Film submissions must be shared via a URL.
  • Film presentations must not exceed 10 minutes.
  • 3-dimensional work must be suitable for display on small tables.
  • The maximum size of framed 2-dimensional work is 48 in. wide by 36 in. high.
  • 2-dimensional work will be displayed on easels.
  • Floor display may be available on a limited basis for free standing sculptures.
  • The size and weight of the art work must be reasonable for one average person to manipulate.
  • Presenters are responsible for moving, setting up, and removing their own art work.
  • Check the appropriate box under “equipment needs” on the registration form.