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2022 Submission and Presentation Guidelines

2022 Conference Submission Information Coming Soon!

All Drexel graduate students*, including continuing students and those who have recently graduated or are graduating during the current academic year, are invited to submit abstracts for review for either research poster or oral research presentations by TBA.

Before you submit, please review the conference schedule to ensure that you are available to present at that day/time. We will do our best to accommodate any scheduling needs, if noted up front.

*Please Note: Accelerated degree students must be fully converted to graduate status to be eligible to present to submit. All are encouraged to attend!

You will be asked to select one of the following options:

  1. Research Poster Presentation
  2. Oral Research Presentation
  3. Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Presentation (Professional Doctorate and PhD Candidates Only)

You may submit for up to two different types of presentations. Please complete two separate forms.

Submission does NOT guarantee selection. We will follow up with your regarding your submission.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • An abstract is a short summary of your work. Your abstract should report the aims and outcomes of your research or work so that readers know exactly what to expect from a longer work or presentation. Use the question "So What?" to guide your abstract writing.
  • You abstract should be approximately 200-300 words but no longer than one-page in length.
  • Please follow the attached example: SAMPLE ABSTRACT SUBMISSION [PDF]

Selection Criteria

Submissions are reviewed using the following criteria:

  • Objective - Impact and significance of project
  • Accessibility - Easily understood for a wide and diverse audience, such as those from outside the field of study
  • Impact - Evidence of research making/will make a positive impact
  • Quality - Free of spelling and grammatical errors

Research Poster Presentation Guidelines

  • Posters will be uploaded as digital image files with an audio presentation attached which will be available for attendees and judges to view/listen to asynchronously (platform TBA) during the conference.
  • Poster presentations will be recorded and submitted in advance (three minute audio presentations attached to digital poster).
  • Poster presenters are expected to be generally available during the conference for potential live Q&A with attendees and judges, such as by chat or audio/video conferencing, if requested. More information to follow.

Oral Research Presentation Guidelines

  • Oral research presentations will be conducted via live synchronous sessions via Zoom web conferencing
  • Oral research presenters will have approximately 10 minutes for their presentation and 3-4 minutes for questions (13-14 minutes total)
  • Please avoid using technical jargon (explain your work in lay terms) such that your presentation can be understood by audiences from all disciplines.
  • The use of visual aids, video, audio, and audience engagement (polls, etc.) is encouraged.
  • Presenters should plan to log in at least 15 minutes prior to your assigned session to check in and test your audio/video/presentation.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®Competition

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition at the Drexel Emerging Graduate Scholars Conference follows the guidelines of the global phenomenon, Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition, founded by the University of Queensland. The international competition, in which over 600 universities and institutions across more than 59 countries participate, emphasizes presenting research within a three-minute time limit, using only a static PowerPoint slide, and in a jargon-free language understood by an audience of non-specialists. Through this, students are able to enhance their academic presentation and research communication skills, while their work is able to reach a broader audience.

Drexel professional doctorate and PhD candidates are invited to apply to present at our very own conference Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition by submitting an abstract for review for by TBA.

Check out the competition rules and some award-winning Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) presentations.

3MT® Presentation Guidelines

  • Open to all current Drexel professional doctorate and PhD candidates
  • Our competition will follow the international competition rules of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®), please review prior to submission
  • Three-minute time limit will be enforced; presenters will be cut off at three minutes
  • Presenters should plan to log in at least 15 minutes prior to your assigned session to check in and test your audio/video/presentation.




More Information

Monetary prizes will be awarded for research posters, oral research presentations, and Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition.

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Accommodation Requests 

If you have a documented disability and would like to request accommodations, please contact Disability Resources at 215.895.1401 or We greatly appreciate 72 hours of advance notice for these requests.