Guidelines for Submission
- Remember the 5-10-20 rule:
- 5. Don’t use full sentences. Keep all points under five words (short phrases). No more than 5 lines of text on a slide. No more than 5 words per line of text. If the topic can be presented by simply reading the slides verbatim, the slides contain way too much text. Cut down on text and move extra info down into speaker notes. The bullet points should be prompts more than anything else.
- 10. Number of slides. A 10--minute presentation should have no more than 10 slides.
- 20. Do not use font smaller than 20 point.
- Slide format. Use a sans serif font such as Arial. Text should be no smaller than 18 point. Use good contrast between text and the background. Reference citations go at the bottom of the slide they're used and can be 14 pt.
- Slide content. Slides should be varied: include images, data, and bulleted lists.
- A proper introduction. Start off the presentation with your title slide, which includes the title, authors, and faculty mentor.
- Conclusions. Make sure to review major points on one slide
- A final slide should include the literature cited. This one can be smaller than 20 point font if necessary because it's for people who want to continue investigating the topic. Do not read the slide to the audiece.
- Have a focused message. Slides should flow logically from one to the next. A presentation with multiple purposes can become confusing for the audience, not to mention difficult to write. Keep the presentation focused on a central idea and drive home the point with concrete opening and closing slides as well as logical arguments throughout.
- Consider the audience. A presentation should be appropriate for the intended audience. Spend less time covering background information and focus on facts. Include references, data, and unique viewpoints.
- Best Tips
If all of the tips above had to boiled down into four points, they would be:
- Cover all elements of research: Background, Procedure, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions.
- Focus the slideshow on a central theme.
- Support all major points with specific details and examples.
- Include a clear closing.