2024 Presentation Requirements

Please check the time and location of your presentation.  Due to the large number of presentations and judges' schedules, we are unable to accommodate any request to change the times of the presentations. Feel free to use the published presentation schedules to verify your presentation time if you have a conflict that requires proof of your participation.

Make sure to arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of the scheduled time for your session. You must check in at the registration desk, pick up your nametag, and set up your presentation.

Oral presentations

Podium presentations will be delivered using PowerPoint or Adobe PDF. The time limit is 10 minutes for oral presentations, followed by 2 to 3 minutes for questions and answers. There are no requirements for the format and number of slides. 

Due to security reasons, oral presentations cannot be uploaded to computers via thumb drive. Please ensure your oral presentation is uploaded to a cloud service like Auburn Box or Google Drive that can be accessed on the day of the Symposium.

Poster presentations

Posters may not exceed 40” x 30”. Posters will be affixed to a foam board that will be provided for you. You may use either a vertical or horizontal orientation. (You do NOT have to mount your poster prior to the Student Symposium). The poster title should match the abstract title. Poster font should be large enough to easily read from a distance of 1 meter. Illustrations (graphs, pictures, figures, tables) should be large enough for easy observation and contain brief captions, if appropriate. Presenters should bring their posters to the ballroom for set up 15 minutes before their designated viewing time and plan to remain with their posters for their entire poster session to allow for judging. Once the session concludes, all posters should be taken down to allow for the next session.


The Innovation & Research Commons (I&RC) at RBD Library can help set up your design file at the beginning of your project and also print your poster when finished at a cost of $7 per poster for students and $3 per square foot of paper used for AU employees. Printing can take from 24 hours to 4 days, with the longer times required due to high demand from the symposium. See this link for more information.


Before starting your project refer to the 2024 Create a Poster in PP (PDF) as well as the Poster Design How to  (PPTX). These resources will walk you through how to set your PPTX slide to the correct size and give valuable design ideas. The Instructional Content for Posters and Presentations  page on the Adobe Creative Space’s website contains additional poster design advice.