Resources for Presentations

Who can I ask for help?

The EL2 planning committee is happy to assist with any questions or concerns you may have during any step of your preparation. Please contact Adi Grabiner-Keinan, Academic Administrator for Experiential Learning, Lucas Malo, Director of Community Service, Jessica Paquin, Academic Internship Administrator.

The Hiatt Career Center staff would be happy to help you develop your presentation. Drop by or make an appointment!

How do I create an effective poster presentation?


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What is the committee looking for in a description?

An example of a well-written description can be found here.

How to Apply

Complete the online application with a short description of your work no later than Monday, February 9, 2009.
  • Any undergraduate Brandeis student is encouraged to apply.
  • Group projects will be accepted for the poster session only.
  • Performing arts submission should include a CD or DVD or tape with a short example of your performance ability and your proposed program.
  • Visual arts submissions in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and ceramics will be accepted. A short description of the theme and outcomes of your work is required of presenters in the visual arts. If an electronic version of your project is available, please send as an attachment to Adi Grabiner- Keinan.
  • Students selected to present their work will be informed by early March 2009.


Panel Presentations 

(Please note that applicants for panel presentations may be asked to provide more material if their topic is selected.) 

Panel presentations will take place in a panel-discussion format of similar topics.
Panelists will have 7 minutes for their presentation.
At the end of the panel presentations, an additional 15 minutes is allotted for a question and answer period involving the entire panel.

Information on effective panel presentations and oral communication skills are available from your mentor and the Brandeis Oral Communication Oversight Committee website. 

Poster Presentations 

A poster presentation is a concisely written synthesis of your project that visually communicates your main ideas and focus. It should contain photos, graphics, tables, and figures, in addition to a brief description. All of this work is displayed on a poster board.
All posters are 20”x30” or 30”x40” foam core. Poster boards are available for student poster presentations free of charge upon your presentation notification.

Materials must be easily read from a distance of four feet. Each poster should include the title of the presentation and the author(s) name. 

All completed posters should be turned in to the Experiential Learning Office, located in the Hiatt Career Center, Usdan Student Center by Monday,  March 23, 2009.

Students may submit posters that have been previously presented at other university events.

What should my short description look like? 

A short description should convey a complete, yet concise, understanding of the purpose and scope of your work. Be sure to include the title for your presentation.

A good description generally has between 75 and 150 words and is free of spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors.

As you write your description, please remember that it serves not only as your application for the symposium, but also as an advertisement of your presentation to readers of the program guide.  See a sample description.