Guidelines for Application Abstract and Academic Presentation
LCU students, faculty and staff may apply via the online Abstract Submission form on the Scholars Colloquium web page. An abstract is required for a paper or a poster presentation.
Quality papers/presentations have a central organizing thesis or question. The structure of the paper should be appropriate to its purpose, with fluid transitions, an introduction that anticipates the whole, connects the next section, and a conclusion of ideas. Supporting documentation is appropriate to the discipline and thesis/question of the paper. An adequate number of scholarly sources reflect different positions/points of view.
The presenter should be able to read the paper in 20 minutes, allowing 5 minutes for questions from the audience. The average person can read a double-spaced page (with one-inch margins) in 2 minutes. Using media may reduce reading time and should be a factor in determining the length of the paper.
The presentation should reflect professionalism (including dress) and maintain the interest of the audience. The presenter should consider: voice (volume and pitch), rate of delivery, use of pauses, articulation, eye contact, ease of delivery, movement and gestures, posture, nonverbal language, and proper use of English grammar.