Standing Panel Guidelines

Standing ePanel Guidelines

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About the eStanding Panel Format

Up to eight papers are included in a standing panel session, which also includes a Chair and two discussants. The chair introduces the panel, each author, and the discussant(s), manages the time for each presentation, and ensures that the discussion is polite and productive. The author presents an abbreviated version of his or her paper allowing adequate time for discussant feedback after all papers have been presented. The conference program will list the exact time for each paper to be presented, the times for discussants to speak, and time for questions from the audience. Standing ePanel sessions are held in the exhibit hall with research presented in a PowerPoint format on large shared monitors.  

  • If you are presenting a paper on a Standing ePanel, please prepare the following to upload to the MPSA website: (1) Research Paper (.pdf, .doc, .docx); (2) PowerPoint file to be used during presentation (.ppt or .pptx). MPSA will email upload instructions to conference participants when the system is available in mid-March. 


Frequently Asked Questions

I signed up to present a poster! What am I going to do?  
We want to be sure that you are able to use the poster that you have prepared and believe that you will be able to do so without issue. To use your prepared poster during the session, please bring a .pdf of your poster with you to the presentation. We will have a traditional poster board available in each of the alcoves. The session monitors will be set for a horizontal presentation and will be able to display PowerPoint or pdf files.

How long should my presentation be?
Each session is 90 minutes long. There will be a number a papers presented on each panel. Plan for your presentation to be between 6 and 8 minutes. After you present your research, please remain in your session for the entire panel session as there will be Q&A after all posters have been presented.

How do I find out where I’m presenting?
The standing panels will take place in the 4th floor Exhibition Hall in one of three alcoves. Your panel session will assigned to  either Alcove A, Alcove B or Alcove C in  the Exhibition Hall. The printed program will tell you exactly  where the Standing Panel Alcoves are located within the exhibit hall.

What do I bring to the conference? 
Please bring your PowerPoint (or poster .pdf) and research paper to the conference on two separate removable USB flash drives (one drive will serve as a backup). Your flash drive should be formatted for a Windows based PC, not iOS. If you have already printed a poster and would prefer to use it to present, traditional poster boards will also be available.

What time should I arrive for my presentation?
The elevators to the meeting rooms at the Palmer House can get very busy during the conference. Be sure to be in the vicinity of the 4th floor at least 25 minutes before your presentation time. Be in the Alcove are of the Exhibit Hall at least 15 minutes before your presentation. There will be a presenter wait area where you can wait until it’s your time to present.

How can I best prepare for my presentation? 
Watch the tip video, read these guides and ask questions ahead of time. Don’t wait until you arrive at the conference to get the answers you need.

Additional Presentation Design Tips

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  1. Keep it Simple
  2. Limit bullet points & text
  3. Limit transitions & builds (animation)
  4. Use high-quality graphics
  5. Do not link to any resources that require an internet connection as wireless service is not guaranteed
  6. Have a visual theme
  7. Use appropriate charts
  8. Use color well (a dark font on a light background is easy to read from a distance)
  9. Practice your timing so you stay within your time limit
  10. Limit your PowerPoint to 10 slides or fewer
  11. Your presentation should be a minimum of 14 point font size. Ideally 22 to 24 points font would be legible from a distance.
  12. If you created your digital presentation in a format other than PowerPoint (i.e. Google Slides, Prezi, etc.) please convert your presentation to PowerPoint. The transition time between each presenter is short and you won’t have time to make sure your presentation loads on the screen properly. PowerPoint is a standard format that will load cleanly on the presentation screen.