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Frequently Asked Questions about the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum

1.  What is the 2017 Denman Forum format?
There are two important updates to the 2017 Denman Forum, including:

a) There will be a morning and afternoon session.  Students will be assigned to present in either the morning or afternoon session by last name.  Sessions will be organized as follows:

A-L last name:           Morning Session (9:30-11:30am)
M-Z last name:          Afternoon Session (2:00-4:00pm)

b) Students will present their work in either a poster or oral presentation format.  Students in non-humanities fields will present their work as a poster.  Students in humanities fields will describe their work as an oral presentation.    


2. What is the 2017 Denman Forum schedule?
The schedule for presenters at the 2017 Denman Forum is:

Morning Session Check-In:  8:30-9:15am
Morning Session Poster/Oral Presentations & Judging:  9:30-11:30am
Morning Session Poster Tear-Down:  12:00pm
Remarks by President Drake and presentation of Mentoring Awards:  12:15-12:45pm
Afternoon Session Check-In:  1:00-1:45pm
Afternoon Session Poster/Oral Presentations & Judging:  2:00-4:00pm
Award Ceremony:  5:00-6:00pm
Afternoon Session Poster Tear-Down:  6:00pm


3. How must posters be formatted?

Each poster is allotted an easel with a 4’ x 4’ foam core back.  Posters larger than the 4’ x 4’ presentation space provided will not hang properly. No exceptions can be made to the space limitations, so plan accordingly. 

4. How will poster presentations be evaluated?

OSU faculty, graduate students, and corporate professionals evaluate poster presentations using a structured rubric.  The rubric for poster evaluation is available here:  http://undergraduateresearch.osu.edu/documents/17DenmanJudge_EvaluationTool.docx

Two judges will visit each student at their poster.  Each student should be prepared to explain their research project to experts and non-experts in the field.


5. What is format of oral presentations?

Approximately two weeks prior to the 2017 Denman Forum, a final schedule and digital presentation (e.g., PowerPoint, Prezi slides) upload instructions will be distributed to students delivering oral presentations.

On the day of the Denman Forum, each student will have a 13 minute presentation slot - 9 minutes for the oral presentation and 4 minutes to respond to evaluator questions.


6. How will oral presentations be evaluated?

OSU faculty, graduate students, and corporate professionals evaluate oral presentations using a structured rubric.  The rubric for oral presentation evaluation is available here:  http://undergraduateresearch.osu.edu/documents/17DenmanJudge_EvaluationTool.docx

Two judges will be in the audience during each student’s oral presentation.  Each student should be prepared to explain their research project to experts and non-experts in the field.


7. What is the best way to present if we have a small group of students?

Decide ahead of time who will describe each portion of your project. Each student should present a portion of the research project, rather than designating one person exclusively. Each group member should be prepared to respond to questions about the research project.


8. How should each student’s class schedule be managed the day of the 2017 Denman Forum?

After acceptance of your abstract for a presentation, you will receive an e-mail with instructions and a general excuse letter to give to your course instructor(s). Personalized excuse letters can be requested by emailing denmanforum@osu.edu.

In the hope that instructors will not schedule exams or other important presentations on the day of the Denman Forum (Wednesday, March 29, 2017), the event is widely publicized across campus well in advance.  However, we recommend that each student inform instructors early in the semester regarding their intent to participate in the Denman Forum.