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2020 Submission and Presentation Guidelines

DEGS Conference Call for Abstracts Due March 13th

Submissions for the 2020 Conference have closed 

Research Poster & Oral Presentations

All Drexel graduate students*, including continuing students and those who have recently graduated or are graduating during the 2019-2020 academic year, who conduct research that has the potential to impact positive change are invited to submit abstracts for review for either research poster, demonstration or oral presentations by 11:59PM ET Friday, March 13, 2020.

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

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

  1. Poster Presentation
  2. Demonstration Presentation
  3. Oral Presentation (In Person)
  4. Oral Presentation (Online/Remote)
  5. Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Presentation (Professional Doctorate and PhD Candidates Only)

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 a positive difference
  • Quality - Free of spelling and grammatical errors

Abstracts must be 250 words or less. Please see the template below. And, be sure to view the abstract writing workshop linked above for help considering your "So What?"

 Abstract Submission Template

Research Poster Presentation Guidelines

  • There is a maximum available space of 36 x 48 inches for posters, which can be oriented either horizontally or vertically
  • Push pins or clips will be provided
  • Poster judging and viewing times will be scheduled in advance
  • You are required to stand by your poster during both judging and viewing

Demonstration Presentation Guidelines

  • Will aim to accommodate reasonable requests for space/setup for the presentation of art, work, prototype, experiment, etc. Please provide this information in your submission
  • Demonstration judging and viewing times will be scheduled in advance
  • You are required to stand by your demo during both judging and viewing

Oral Presentation Guidelines

  • Oral presenters will have a designated amount of time for each presentation and time for questions
  • Please emphasize accessibility, and avoid technical jargon
  • Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your session to check-in and test your presentation, which will already be uploaded to the computer
  • A computer, slide advance, and laser pointer will be provided

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 11:59PM ET Friday, March 13, 2020.

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


  • Open to all current Drexel professional doctorate and PhD candidates
  • Our competition will follow the international competition rules of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)
  • Three-minute time limit will be enforced; presenters will be cut off at three minutes
  • Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the competition begins



More Information

Monetary prizes will be awarded for research poster, demonstration, oral and Three Minute Thesis (3MT®). See list of 2020 awardees.

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Accommodation Requests 

If you have a 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.