Information for Students
The annual Student Research Conference is one of the distinctive features of the Truman experience, an important
reason why the school that you are attending has such a strong reputation. As you consider applying to be a
part of this special day, there are a few items below that may convince you to become involved, and will
lead to an enriching, and exciting experience.
What are the benefits to the students?
- the development of skills to function more independently
- the opportunity to put classroom knowledge into practice
- the identification of career interests
- the building of mentor relationships between faculty and students
- the stimulation that comes with critical thinking
- the opportunity to participate in new discoveries
- the ability to better understand research methodologies
- the stimulation of creativity
- the increased likelihood of acceptance into graduate or professional school
- the ability to communicate to a wide audience
- recognition by one's peers
- the sheer excitement created by intellectual activity
- the opportunity to earn wages or academic credit
- the enhanced ability grasp the philosophy of life-long learning
Tips for the abstract submission and preparation of your presentation
- Communicate with your faculty mentor early. Your mentor is a professional; you will soon become
a professional. Learn from her/him the proper procedures for designing and presenting your project.
Let them know early your hopes and dreams for the conference, so that they may guide you with
- Have your mentor review your material. If possible let them see your abstract. Certainly work with
them so that your presentation will be of professional quality.
- Practice and time your talk. You will have 10-12 minutes to speak, 3-5 minutes to answer
questions. You will not be permitted to exceed this limit. In preparation for a professional conference,
the speaker practices and times the presentation. Be professional, and do this as well.
- Use PowerPoint judiciously. A professional uses PowerPoint as an aid to outline and guide a
presentation, not to substitute for a presentation.
On the Day of the Presentation:
- You do not need a hard copy of your presentation. Professional-quality, well-organized handouts that
aid your presentation are welcome and useful.
- Dress professionally. Your appearance communicates your competency, both
at this conference and in all other professional situations.
- You may invite all friends and family to your presentation. You will impress them with your
achievements, and they will in turn celebrate your success.
If this page didn't answer all of your questions, check out the Frequently Asked Questions
portion of this site.
How do audience members benefit?
First, you can learn what
your friends and classmates are doing in all of Truman's Departments and
disciplines. Each Department has scheduled sessions at which your fellow
students will present reports of their research. Most sessions include
five student papers, and each paper takes 10-12 minutes to present, with
a few minutes for questions. Feel free to move around between papers or
between sessions. Explore fields that are new to you.
But that's not all. You can attend Fine Arts performances in
Ophelia Parrish's Performance Hall. Have you ever asked a how a
composer writes a new piece of music? Here's your chance. Or you
can attend the poster sessions from 3:30 to 4:30 in the Georgian Room of the
Student Union Building, where students will show posters that report the results of
their research. The researchers will be right there alongside their
posters, ready to answer your questions about their project. Studio
arts will be on display in Ophelia Parrish at this time also.
A Conference-wide Plenary Address will also be included in the program. And it all wraps up with a closing reception from
4:45 to 6 p.m. Share
the pride, support your classmates, and have a great day.