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Undergraduate and Pharm.D. Students

Undergraduate and Pharm.D. students may give poster, oral or creative presentations on research or out-of-the-classroom experiences like study abroad, community service or professional or civic engagement, among others.

Specific requirements for each type of presentation are detailed in the 2017 Discover USC Presenter Guide [pdf] for undergraduate and Pharm.D. students. USC Connect provides specific guidelines for undergraduate and PharmD students who are presenting at Discover USC as part of the Graduation with Leadership Distinction program.


General Guidelines

No matter what type of presentation you give, it’s important to

  • dress and behave professionally.
  • plan to stay for your entire presentation session, taking only short breaks if needed.
  • come prepared to talk about your project with a wide variety of people, including both general and expert audiences.
  • know where to go. As the event date approaches, you will receive your location information via email, and will be able to look it up on this site, in the “Find a Presenter” section (this section will be available by mid-April).


Poster Presentations

Poster design and printing: The maximum recommended poster size is 4 feet high by by 3.5 feet wide (four feet by four feet is acceptable, but the edges will curl around the display board).

  • The minimum size for Graduation with Leadership Distinction posters is 2 feet by 3 feet (GLD posters may be oriented vertically or horizontally.) USC Connect offers poster templates for ideas on how you might showcase your within and beyond the classroom experiences.  You can also create your own design rather than using a template.
  • We recommend having posters printed at USC Printing Services on vinyl, rather than paper.

On presentation day, the Exhibit hall will open 30 minutes prior to the beginning of your session and displays must be up by the start time. All materials must be removed immediately after the session. If you will not be present, you must make arrangements for removal. Any items left will be thrown away.


Oral Presentations

PowerPoint and other media: Most students prepare a PowerPoint or PDF presentation slide deck, but this is not required. If you do, use standard or embedded fonts, pictures, etc., and bring your PowerPoint or PDF presentation file on a USB drive for loading on the presentation computer. (Presentations created in alternative programs may not be supported.)

On presentation day: Oral presentations are 10 minutes, followed by a five-minute question and answer period. This schedule will be strictly enforced. You will be assigned a specific presentation time slot and location. Please arrive early to ensure you have time to get familiar with the space and load your presentation on the computer (if you use one).


Creative Presentations

There are two formats for Creative presentations. Both are summarized below, and explained in greater detail in the 2017 Discover USC Presenter Guide [pdf]. If you are planning a creative presentation, please refer to the presenter guide for complete detals.

Creative/Oral presentations are similar in format to a traditional oral presentation where the presentation is shared in front of a formal audience for 10 minutes, with a five-minute question and answer period. Creative/oral presentations also involve a creative component like a musical performance, dramatic reading, documentary excerpt, etc. This type has access to a computer, projector, and screen as standard for oral presentations.

Creative/Display presentations are similar in format to poster presentations. Creative displays are available for viewing and discussion throughout the 1.5 hour poster session and might involve static displays of artwork, collections, demonstrations or other creative components.


How-to Tips

The Office of Undergraduate Research has prepared a variety of support documents designed to help undergraduate and pharmD presenters make the most of their presentations.

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