Guidelines to Present Your 2010 Senior Symposium Presentation

Presenters-Important Information | Guidelines to Present

The annual Mount Holyoke College Senior Symposium will be held on Friday, April 16, 2010. Students will share the projects, scholarly research, and intellectual passions that they have brought to their year of independent research and 395-course work. The emphasis is on the subjects that you, our seniors, have chosen to study and the ways in which your questions, theories, and conclusions about your projects have evolved during this academic year.

The Weissman Center coordinates the symposium events and the student presentations. Please review the following information and guidelines. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at the Center at 538-3071.

Presenters will be allotted 15 minutes and this schedule includes time for questions.  All presenters are encouraged to attend the talks of other students and are invited to participate with enthusiasm in the post-presentation discussions.

Register to Present at the Senior Symposium by February 22
On-line preregistration is required to present at the Senior Symposium.  The deadline to preregister is Monday, February 22, 2010. Registration will open on January 27th and close on February 22nd. This deadline is firm and absolute. You must preregister by this deadline in order to present at the Senior Symposium. You will need to submit, online, a title of your abstract, grants/awards that have supported your independent work, and a high resolution photo by this date. Photos should be portrait style (head and shoulders), similar to a passport photo with a neutral background, and high resolution (at least 300 dpi). Photos will be used in campus publications and on the website.

Required Meeting
You will be notified of an informational meeting at the beginning of the Spring semester that is required for all students presenting at the Senior Symposium. In order to present at the Senior Symposium, students must attend this meeting.

Abstracts due by Friday, March 29, 2010
You must submit you abstract online in PDF format by Monday, March 29th. You should discuss with your advisor your abstract well in advance of the March 29th deadline. This deadline cannot be extended, so do plan accordingly.

Abstracts will be posted to the Senior Symposium website.   Be sure that the abstract you submit online in PDF format is free of errors, typographical and otherwise, and adheres to the abstract format described below. Abstracts that do not adhere to the formatting instructions presented below will be returned for correction.

Abstract Format Instructions
Each abstract should be no more than one page in length. Please note that each participant will be allotted only one page.

  • Start your abstract with the title of your talk in title case (using upper and lower case letters), and center the title
  • leave one blank line
  • at the left margin, type: Student presenter: and then type your name (title case), and hit enter
  • on the next line at the left margin type: Project advisor: and then type the first and last name of your project advisor
  • leave one line blank
  • Then start your abstract. The abstract itself should be single spaced and include an overview of your project and review of the primary questions, sources, and issues with which you have been working.   

The type font must be TIMES NEW ROMAN SIZE 12 for the text. References and/or footnotes must be TIMES NEW ROMAN SIZE 10. The top, left and right margins must be 1.25" and the bottom margin should be 1" or more. Abstracts do not have to fill the whole page.  We do ask that you do not print beyond the 1" margin on the bottom. We have included two abstracts which have been “marked up” to show how the above requirements are met.  If you have any questions about the format of your abstract, please consult with Pat Scigliano at the Weissman Center well before March 29th.

Sample Abstracts


Each abstract may include a few key references as footnotes, which you should list at the end of the abstract (but still within the one-page limit).

Footnotes for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences should follow the Chicago Style Format Guide unless the specific academic discipline requires another format.

For Math and Sciences, the references should be cited as they normally would within your academic discipline.

Please take the time to review your footnotes for accuracy and consistency with the appropriate style guide.
Photographs due Monday, February 22, 2010
A reminder that you will need to submit a photo when you preregister by 2/22. We request that you submit a tasteful, portrait style (head and shoulders) photo, similar to a passport photo and with a neutral background. Photos will be used on the Senior Symposium website and in publications.  A high resolution photo (at least 300 dpi) is suggested.  If you need a photo, please contact the Weissman Center no later than Friday, February 12, to arrange a date for us to take your photograph.

Presentation Workshops
The Speaking, Arguing, and Writing Program of the Weissman Center will be offering a set of symposium preparation workshops for all participants. Information about dates and times of these sessions, and registration information, will be announced in February. In addition, students should feel free to use individual appointments with SAW writing and speaking assistants. Students are strongly urged to register for one or more of the seminar presentation workshops.

Technology for Presentations
It is each student’s responsibility to ensure that her PowerPoint presentation or other technology will work on the computer equipment in each classroom.  Students will be asked to test their technology a few days prior to the Senior Symposium.  More information on scheduling a time to test presentations will be available later this spring.

Celebratory Banquet
All Senior Symposium presenters, their advisors and guests are invited to attend the symposium banquet on Friday, April 16.  Additional information will be available in the spring.