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Presenter Information


To help you prepare and understand your role as a presenter, we highly recommend you attend a Discoveries to Impact Orientation. Attending one of these orientations will help participants have a competitive presentation and be prepared for the judges's questions.

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URC Evaluation Criteria

2020 TTU URC Presentation Scoring Rubric

Presenters should be able to answer the following questions regarding how their research impacts the world and if there is potential for commercial application:

  • Who does your research impact in the world and how does it benefit them?
  • Do you envision your research as a product? Why or Why not?
  • If you were to create/invent something to impact the world what would be your first step to pursue commercialization?


Poster presentations are paper displays that must be prepared and printed in advance. They may not include exhibits of models, devices or computer programs. Paper and supplies are not provided. Please note: TrUE does not have a poster printer and is not able to cover the cost of poster printing.

Poster presentation sessions are typically ninety minutes in length. Presenters must be available to discuss their displays during the entirety of their assigned session.

Poster Display

  • Poster presentation sessions take place in the Student Union Building Ballroom.
  • Presenters should arrive during their assigned poster set-up time. This will allow ample time to find their assigned location and hang their posters.
  • Each presenter is provided with a 4' x 4' section on one side of a freestanding fabric display board and pins with which they can attach the poster to the board.
  • Posters should be readable from at least three feet away.
  • Posters should be taken down during the assigned poster take-down period.
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Presenters will speak or read (for those presenting a paper) in front of a seated audience. Oral presentations are fifteen minutes in length with five additional minutes allotted to each presenter for questions from the audience. This schedule is strictly enforced by session moderators.

Presenters should arrive at their presentation room at least fifteen minutes prior to the start of their session (not their individual talk) to receive further instruction from the panel moderator.

Presentation room technology 

Presenters must bring any digital presentation materials on a USB flash drive. It is strongly recommended that presenters bring a backup of their digital presentation materials, in case their primary digital memory device does not work.

Oral presentations are held in technology-enabled rooms. All presentation rooms contain the following:

  • PC Laptop
  • LCD projector and large screen

We cannot provide any additional equipment at the conference. Please review the above information and confirmation emails carefully to verify the audio/visual equipment supplied.

If there are any technical difficulties during the presentation, please inform the moderator who will contact technical support.

Professional Courtesy

TrUE offers an opportunity for participants to observe, learn, and practice professional etiquette common to all disciplines. All oral presenters should remain in the room until all presentations in their sessions are complete. The other presentations may offer new insights, and all presenters deserve the same audience and respect. Spectators to sessions should enter and exit session rooms between (not during) presentations.

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Visual & Performing Arts

All 2019 visual and performing arts exhibitions will take place at the LHUCA Icehouse as part of the First Friday Art Trail on Friday, April 3, 2020.

Performing Arts Exhibition

Dance, music, and theatre presentations are approximately twenty minutes in length, consisting of fifteen minutes of performance, followed immediately by five minutes of question and answer. Students will be performing on a flat surface in front of a seated audience.

Music Presentations: Playback resources available during presentation are CD.

Dance Presentations: Students must provide a CD cued to the performance.

Visual Art Exhibition

All visual art collected for exhibition during the TTU URC will be displayed at the LHUCA Icehouse. Visual art is monitored to ensure the safety of the work. Artists are encouraged to be present in the room to answer questions and engage with the URC audience.

Please note: artists are also encouraged to submit an abstract to present in the poster or oral presentation format if a more formal presentation regarding their work is desired. Presentation in the poster/oral format does not affect eligibility to display art during the visual art exhibition at the First Friday Art Trail.