MMUF students can present their work in one of the following formats:
- Oral presentations
- Poster presentations
- Talking circles
Oral presentations: If you are giving an oral presentation, please prepare a 7-8 minute presentation. Please rehearse and time yourself to make sure your presentation does not exceed the time allotted; this ensures that everyone has time to present. For many students, a 7-8 minute presentation, typed out in 12-point Times New Roman font, will be between 3.5 and 5 double-spaced pages.
The oral presentations will be organized into 75-minute panels with up to 6 student participants and a moderator. The moderator will keep time and let you know when you are nearing the 8-minute time limit. Time will be allotted at the end of the panel for questions from the audience.
A/V will be provided. If you are using slides, you can load your slides onto the computer 30 minutes prior to the session. We recommend bringing your slides in at least 2 different formats in case of any technological issues or internet failures: by thumb drive, e-mail, etc.
Poster presentations: We will open our conference with Students giving Poster Presentations. Please review the following for suggestions on How to Make a Good Poster!
After you check-in at your hotel in Seattle, please stop by The Watertown Hotel Conference Room (up three stairs from the lobby) to drop off your posters and collect your Conference bag.
Poster set-up: Conference volunteers will be collecting posters early Friday morning to transport them to our opening session in the Husky Union Building (Room 250). They will be setting them up on poster boards for presenters. On Friday morning, please meet our designated Poster Volunteers in the lobby and patio area of the Watertown, 30 minutes prior to our opening session, so they can guide you to your posters.
Attendees to the poster session will walk by your poster, study its contents, and ask you questions. You should be prepared to answer questions and to explain your project one-on-one throughout the poster session. Often students prepare explanations of various lengths to suit the audience — a one-minute summary of your project, a five-minute summary of your project, etc.
Talking circles: The purpose of the talking circle is to provide an opportunity for fellows at an early stage of their research to speak about their research projects. The talking circle is a traditional and sacred format in indigenous communities; each member’s voice is equally considered and respected, and each person participating in the circle is expected to offer support in word or action.
If you are participating in a talking circle, you will begin with introductions, including name, discipline, and question or research under consideration. The circle is then entirely student-directed, although a faculty facilitator will sit outside the circle and help facilitate the conversation when needed.
The talking circles are 75 minutes long, and, in line with the goals of the circle, A/V will not be provided.