Office of the Provost

Frequently Asked Questions

An oral session is a venue for presenters to share their work in a 15-minute block of time. Oral presentations should last 12 minutes, leaving 3 minutes for questions and transition time for the next presenter. Presenters may use a PowerPoint presentation to provide visual aid, but such aid is not mandatory.

Oral presentations should be completed, high-quality projects. Faculty mentors are responsible for ensuring appropriate quality. To aid in scheduling, the Festival of Excellence may request that a registration indicating an oral session preference be moved to the poster session.

A poster session is a venue for presenters to share their work using a poster. Examples of poster presentations include small completed research/EDGE projects, research/EDGE projects that are near completion, class projects, etc.

Presenters will stand with their poster during the entire poster session to answer questions and discuss their work with interested colleagues and visitors. The poster will remain in place throughout the day (before and after the poster session) to maximize viewing time. Presenters may have accompanying handouts, but handouts are not required.

SUU’s Festival of Excellence requires posters to be 30” x 40”. Printing costs will be covered by the Festival of Excellence. Printing instructions will be provided to all poster presenters. Faculty mentors are responsible for helping students create posters that meet professional standards. Posters not conforming to the Festival’s specifications will not be displayed.

Posters must include:

  • Presentation Title
  • Student Name(s)
  • Faculty Mentor Name
  • College and Department Affiliation (e.g. "College of Science & Engineering - Computer Science and Information Systems")

A performance is a project in which students, faculty, and/or staff perform a work in the fields of music, theatre, dance, movement, poetry, and/or film. The Festival of Excellence will work to find the most appropriate venue for each performance.

A display allows campus members to present projects most often associated with the visual arts. Campus members who wish to display any type of artwork, such as paintings, sketches, ceramics, etc., should register for this category. The Festival of Excellence will work to find the most appropriate venue for each display.

A demonstration allows campus members to present projects that involve structures and/or moving parts that aren't associated with the visual arts. Examples include engineering projects, etc. The Festival of Excellence will work to find the most appropriate venue for each demonstration.