Scholarly and creative researchers have a number of options for disseminating their work at CNU.

The first step is to present at Paideia, where researchers can present a poster, paper, or performance.  If you're interested in presenting at Paideia, click the tabs above to learn about submission and presentation.

Submissions are welcome until Friday 27 March 2015.

All applications to present at Paideia must be generated by student researchers and then approved by faculty sponsor.

Submit a poster, paper, or performance NOW!  Submissions are welcome until Friday 27 March 2015.

STUDENT RESEARCHERS applying to present at Paideia should log in to the application website using their CNU Identification Number as the user ID and their CNU Connect Password as the password.  To submit an application for approval, enter the following information:

  • the student researcher's name & email
  • the CNU department associated with their research
  • the name & email of the student researcher's faculty sponsor
  • the submission type - individual presentation, poster, performance, or panel (if applying with a panel, each student researcher must list the names and submission titles of the entire panel)
  • any special requirements - technical, mobility, etc.
  • the submission title
  • an abstract - 250 word limit (unless applying with a panel - the 1500 word limit for a panel should include an abstract for the panel itself and individual abstracts for all entire panel)

FACULTY SPONSORS will receive an email once associated student researchers have submitted their presentation, poster, performance, or panel.  Using their CNU Identification Number as a user ID and their CNU Connect Password as a password, faculty sponsors should log in to the Paideia website to approve, reject, or request revisions to the student researcher's application by confirming:

  • the status of the individual presentation, poster, performance, or panel - approved, rejected, or revisions requested
  • the student researcher's name, department, and email
  • the faculty sponsor's name and email
  • the student researcher's submission type (along with panel title and panel members, if necessary)
  • any special requirements - technical, mobility, etc.
  • the student researcher's submission title
  • the student researcher's abstract
  • a nomination for an Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award if warranted


An abstract is a concise paragraph describing your topic, main ideas, and results or conclusions.

All potential presenters must submit an application for the Paideia conference, including a 250 word abstract. Your abstract  will be reviewed by your Faculty Sponsor and the Undergraduate and Graduate Research Committee (UGRC) before acceptance.

To see some examples of abstracts, visit the Purdue OWL Site.


Conferences provide an excellent opportunity to network and engage in intellectual conversation about your area of interest.  It's important to put your best image forward. 

Remember that you will be engaged with a large group of professionals observing your appearance and behavior.  

  • support the conference as a whole - respect your fellow presenters
    • arrive at the conference site in plenty of time to check in - collect your nametag and conference program
    • arrive at your presentation room 10 to 15 minutes before your panel begins - listen respectfully to your fellow presenters
  • demeanor is important - professional attire and preparation is required
    • business dress that communicates confidence, success, & professionalism – suits for men and women, comfortable shoes, and layers to accommodate changes in temperature
    • all materials required to present your work at the ready - enough handouts for your entire audience and all computer adapters/cables necessary 
  • contact information should be readily available
    • consider simple business cards
    • ensure a professional email address

To learn more about conference decorum, visit the Purdue OWL Site


A poster presentation is a means of displaying research projects by an individual or team at an academic or professional conference.

What is a Poster Presentation?
While poster presentations differ from discipline to discipline, the work is generally peer reviewed and includes…

  • what you did
  • how you did it
  • why you did it
  • the ways it contributes to your field of general learning and growth

How are Posters Constructed and Displayed?
Posters are typically displayed in a common area where conference participants may walk by, browse, and stop to ask questions.  Presenters are allotted space on a 'wall' for a designated time period ranging from 30 minutes to several hours.

Tips for creating a successful poster presentation include:

  • provide a visually interesting and eye-catching title – be sure to include your name
  • select a small number of key points for viewers to take away from your presentation – use a logical order or linear fashion to assist your readers
  • make your poster in a number of smaller sections such as letter sized paper with a common background – each section can be pinned or taped to your designated display area
  • use a types 20pt or larger and a font that can be easily read from 4' away – color is a nice way to add interest and careful selection can convey specific meaning

At Paideia, posters are displayed in the David Student Union breezeway from Noon to 2:30 p.m.

Where can I find further Information?


A paper presentation is a means of presenting research projects, generally by an individual, orally and / or visually at an academic or professional conference.

What is a Paper Presentation?
Conference papers are delivered orally on panels wherein a presenter joins two or three other speakers discussing a common topic or theme.  Each individual's presentation is relatively short, lasting between 15 –  30 minutes including time for participant engagement or questions and answers.  Individual presenters often include a PowerPoint presentation, but this is not necessary. 

Papers should include…

  • the main idea of the hypothesis
  • research methods or techniques used to collect information
  • what findings or outcomes developed
  • implications or contributions to your field of general learning and growth

How are Papers Composed and Delivered?
Papers are typically presented before colleagues in your field who will have some familiarity with the content.

Tips for creating a successful paper presentation include:

  • keep background information succinct – explain complex or new ideas
  • if using PowerPoints keep slides simple – 10 to 15 slides with a combination of bullets and images
  • you might choose to prepare a handout with specific quotes or relevant information – in that case make sure to include your email address, especially if you would welcome input by others 

At Paideia, presentations are 15 minutes long. Keep in mind that you will likely be presenting to colleagues in your field, but try to make your presentation accessible to a general undergraduate audience. 

Where can I find further Information?


A performance presentation is a means of presenting creative work in an academic or professional setting.

What is a Performance Presentation?
While traditional performance offers only the outcomes of creative research, performance presentations give creative researchers the opportunity to share both process and product. Each artist is given time to discuss their inspirations, methods, and techniques with an audience before presenting the results of their process in dramatic speeches / scenes, dances, musical performances, poetry/creative writing readings, and other forms of creative activity (including visual arts).  

Performance presentations should include…

  • a discussion of the inspiration for the performance, including details on the text, music, or artist in question
  • a researcher statement discussing methods, approaches, techniques, and rehearsal processes / problems
  • a presentation of all or part of the final product, preferably live, but via recorded media if necessary
  • a period of question and answer allowing the audience to discuss and interrogate the work

How are Performance Presentations Delivered and Discussed?
Performance presenters can present individually or on panels of two or three presenters. Individual presentations can take up more time than a typical conference presentation, but performers taking part in panels should limit themselves to the typical 15 – 20 minute presentation period. 

Tips for offering a successful performance presentation include:

  • involve a PowerPoint and / or handout – offer your audience written contextual material to complement your oral presentation
  • organize your fellow performers well in advance – be sure any partners / collaborators who will join you in the performance aspect of your presentation know the time/place of your presentation and can be there early to get ready
  • plan ahead and be flexible – realize that you aren't presenting in the controlled circumstances of a theatre or concert hall, so be prepared to shift furniture if necessary and always keep safety in mind
  • bring everything you need – costumes, music stands, audio equipment, props are all the presenter's responsibility

At Paideia, performances may be presented in the Ferguson Center or McMurran Hall.  Performance presentations will last an hour, with presenters scheduled individually or grouped on panels.