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In the sciences and some social sciences, presentations are usually made from notes and are accompanied by visual materials such as tables, graphs, and photographs (most often in PowerPoint). In the humanities and some other social sciences, presentations are usually read aloud from a prepared text, sometimes with accompanying visual materials. Work with your faculty mentor to produce an oral presentation appropriate to your discipline.
Oral presentations should be about 12-15 minutes in length with 3-5 minutes available for questions. Please time your presentation in advance with the realization that the actual presentation will take a few minutes longer than your rehearsal. Practice in front of a friend and let them assist you in ways to keep your presentation within the time limit so there is time for questions. At the conference, your session moderator will be instructed to keep presentations inside their time limits, even if that means curtailing talks. This will keep all concurrent sessions on schedule and allow audiences to plan their attendance based on time of day, building, and room number.
Whittier College will provide computers, projectors, and screens for those of you planning to do PowerPoint presentations. Please do not bring your own computers, projectors, or screens. Your presentation must be in PowerPoint format. Presenters will also be provided with document projectors upon request, well in advance. Other media, such as overhead projectors, may be available upon advanced request. All presenters must indicate clearly the equipment they will need when abstracts are initially submitted.
Here are some general rules for those making PowerPoint presentations. They are necessary to ensure smooth, effective presentations.
A faculty moderator will chair your panel. They will introduce you and other presenters to the audience, describe the session's topic, keep time, and facilitate brief discussion following each presentation. It is essential that panels stay on schedule; moderators will stop presenters if they appear likely to run over their allotted time.