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Spelman College Research Day

Presenter Quick Guide 

Last Updated 2/7/23


Important Dates

Important Dates 

All deadlines are 11:59 pm ET unless otherwise noted

Intent to Participate Closes         February 15
Presenter Orientation (Register here)      February 15 & 20, March 6th      
Abstract Upload Due  March 1
Final Project Uploads (OpenWater) April 5 
Final Recorded Presentation (Symposium)   April 17
Graduate and Career Fair   April 20
Research Day         April 21

Please note:  Presenters’ Mentors have to approve the project after you upload so we can finalize logistics for the event.


 **3 Important Steps**  before you can participate in Research Day


#1 - Watch the Presenter Orientation Video  - Click Here

#2 – Register to present & upload project documents via OpenWater See Presentation Section Below

#3 - All presenters must submit a pre-recorded version of their project via Symposium See Recorded Presentation Section Below


****In-Person Presentations**** 

Oral (i.e slides, movie)

Oral presentations are scheduled for 15-minute intervals for each student:

·      10 minutes to present your presentation LIVE

o   Note:  You are not replaying your recorded presentation

·      5 minutes to answer questions from the judges and audience


PowerPoint presentations will be added to the computer in your assigned classroom the week of research day.


Poster or Exhibit 

One hour to display and answer questions from attendees.  Evaluation will take place before your scheduled public viewing time slot.

Poster Printing

Posters should be uploaded and saved in your first and last name as a .pdf with dimensions 42W X 40 H with White Background Only.  Poster presenters will have only one complimentary poster printed per uploaded submission.  We can not reprint posters.  

Your poster will be printed from what you uploaded.

Poster Creation Resources

**How to Make a Poster**

Poster Template Example 

Performance (music, dance and theater)

·      10 minutes with 5 additional minutes allotted for questions.  If this is a group presentation, the entire performance MUST be no longer than 10 minutes.


****Recorded Presentation****

Symposium Instructions - Video Instructions

Examples >>>>>2022 Recorded Presentations 

1.      Access Form Here>> https://symposium.foragerone.com/research-day-2023/submission

2.      Answer the questions on the submission form.  

3.     Upload your pre-recorded project video   *All videos need a YouTube link*


>>>>>>Take a look at samples of presentations on Symposium https://symposium.foragerone.com/sample-university-event1/presentations



Professional business attire is required excluding performing arts presenters.  You will receive a badge for the days activities.  




Sample of presentations on Symposium



Technical Problems contact - support@foragerone.com



Rubric Guidance


Research Day Rubrics  (Review your rubric)

Visual & Performing Arts

1.     Clearly state the central research question​ and/or area of inquiry and ​the purpose of the project. If a performance element is included, provide a statement explaining compositional and/or performance aspects of the work. Why did you compose this work or choose this work to perform and/or present? What aspects of music, dance, theater, performance art, visual art, and/or spoken word are you exploring?

2.     Provide relevant scholarly or research context that demonstrates your attempt to make a unique contribution to the area of inquiry. How does the composition and/or performance advance the development of your creative output? If performing a new composition, how does it draw from and contribute to the existing field?

3.     Demonstrate the ability to integrate/engage relevant source materials appropriately and creatively. Include specific reference to authors, composers, texts, scores, podcasts, and/or films. Citations required. 

4.     Provide a brief description of the research methodology. What creative process and/or compositional methods did you use to create this work? What strategies did you employ or choices did you make in deciding how to present/perform it?  

5.     State conclusions or expected results and the context in which they will be discussed. How did the composition of the work and/or preparation for the performance affect your understanding and output?

6.     Offer an original analysis that articulates your discoveries and effectively balances your own voice and experiences with theories, concepts, and scholarship from the field. Must be clearly delivered, well-written, well-rehearsed and well-organized.


Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics

1.     Clearly state the central research question and/or purpose of the project. 

2.     Provide brief, relevant scholarly or research context that demonstrates its attempt to make a unique contribution to the area of inquiry.

3.     Provide a brief description of the research methodology.

4.     State conclusions or expected results and the context in which they will be discussed.  How did your research affect your understanding and output?

5.     Offer an analysis that articulates your discoveries, theories, concepts, and scholarship from the field. Must be clearly delivered, well-written, well-rehearsed, and well-organized.


Important Details

All projects must be submitted by the posted deadline. Please refer to the submission deadlines and make sure you submit your project accordingly.

Up to 2 projects per primary presenter are permitted.

Mentors will provide feedback and evaluate your submission before it is deemed complete for participation.  Please communicate regularly with your mentor/advisor about your project draft before you upload your final project.

The title and author(s) of your abstract will appear EXACTLY as they are entered in the collaborators' section.  Please double-check punctuation, grammar, and spelling before submitting.

Upon acceptance, your project will automatically be incorporated into the final program and virtual platform, which you may later reference for graduate school applications, resumes, CVs, etc.

Follow the guidelines below when preparing your abstract. Select the field/subject option which is most appropriate.

If you need assistance writing your abstract, please reach out to your mentor, Spelman Writing Center or Undergraduate Research & Training Programs (URTP).

Student researchers should be the ones to submit the abstract rather than the faculty mentor.




Upload Support

·       Uploading videos to YouTube: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/57407?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en

·       Uploading videos longer than 15 minutes to YouTube: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/71673?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en

·       Making videos ‘unlisted’ on YouTube: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/157177?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en



Abstract Examples

Explore the various examples on the Symposium by ForagerOne platform.  Your presentation will be displayed in a like manner.  https://symposium.foragerone.com/sample-university-event1/presentations

Poster Creation 

**How to Make a Poster**

Poster Template Example 










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