Guidelines for Presenters
Each presenter will be allocated approximately 30 minutes for the presentation, with the discussant being given approximately 10
minutes. After the discussion, the floor is opened up to questions and comments from the audience.
Presentations will be held on both Friday (all day) and Saturday (morning). We will provide a more definite schedule to you before the symposium.
Please email us your full paper by March 10 to firstname.lastname@example.org and
email@example.com. We plan to have the Proceedings
available at the Symposium so we need some time to get the Proceedings formatted, copied, and bound. Please refer to the Manuscript
Guidelines below for formatting requirements.
At the same time, we would ask you to email your paper to your assigned discussant. You will receive information about the student discussing your
paper as well as a contact email early spring.
1. Please type your manuscript in Microsoft Word
2. Manuscripts must follow these guidelines:
Left and right margin of 1"
Bottom and top margins of 1"
Times New Roman font, 11 point
Extra return between paragraphs
- Paper title centered, Times New Roman 14 pt, bold, capital letters
- 12 pt return following paper title
- Author/s name following this, Times New Roman 12 pt, bold, italics, capital and lowercase letters
- 12 pt return following author/s name
- Major headings centered, Times New Roman 12 pt, bold, capital letters
- Subheadings in capital and lowercase letters, Times New Roman 12 pt, bold, flush with the left margin
- Tertiary headings in capital and lowercase letters, Times New Roman 12 pt, flush with left margin, italicized
- Fourth headings in capital and lowercase letters, Times New Roman 12 pt, flush with left margin
References single-spaced with a hanging indent, in alphabetical order by author's last name,
with a return between each reference
Tables and Figures inserted into the text, numbered consecutively:
Table and Figure headings in capital and lowercase letters Times New Roman 12 pt, centered
Two returns before and after figures
- Start three spaces in
- Number them like this: H1:, H2:, H3:, etc
- Begin wording of hypotheses at .5" in from margin.
- Put a return between each hypotheses
H1: This is an example of your hypotheses. This is an example of your hypotheses. This is an example of your hypotheses.
Given the nature of the conference (Doctoral Students presenting their dissertation research in most
cases), it is very understandable that many (if not all) of the papers will take on a Work-In-Progress
appearance. That's fine, and there is no copyright issue associated with your proceedings, as we expect
topics to be presented here to hit major journals in the next few years. It's entirely possible that you
will get some new ideas that may help the final product. In any case, the Symposium will provide an opportunity
for you to interact with students undergoing the same process elsewhere and to meet faculty from schools
where you may want to apply.
A laptop computer will be available for you to present your presentation. You will need to bring your presentation
(PowerPoint) on a USB flash drive. The laptop will be connected to the Internet.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Eilert via the email address provided at the bottom of this page.
After the presentation, the discussant has approximately 10 minutes to talk about the presented paper. A typical presentation by a
discussant would include – as a general guideline – a title page and no more than five slides.
We will announce the discussants for each paper in early spring.
The papers are due March 10 and you should receive the paper to discuss shortly thereafter.
A laptop computer will be available for you to present your presentation. You will need to bring your presentation (PowerPoint) on a USB flash drive.
The laptop will be connected to the Internet.
If you have questions, feel free to contact Dr. Eilert through the information provided at the top of this page.
The following are some ideas of what you can include in your discussion. Please note that the following are only ideas and the list
is by no means mandatory or exhaustive.
1. Potential Goals of a Discussant
A discussant provides a brief (10 minute maximum) presentation regarding the paper.
Potential goals of a discussant:
- You could provide input on a paper
- You could provide your assessment of the paper
- You could suggest ways to make the paper even better
- You could attempt to stimulate further conversation within the audience
2. Potential Topics for Slides
The following are just some best practices. Certainly, not all of the following areas will be relevant
for each paper and each discussant. These are just ideas to begin the creative processes.
During previous symposiums, discussants' slides have outlined:
- A general assessment of the paper
- What they think the major contributions of the paper are or could be
- What they may consider the relevance of the topic to academia and/or industry
- Areas that are especially interesting or provide a unique contribution that may be underemphasized
- Additional or alternative theoretical perspectives that could aid the paper
- What other literature streams may also be pertinent to aid the paper
- Generative results (i.e. the types of topics that the paper's results could generate) and future
research streams we could look forward to from the paper
- Other ways to aid the author(s) to improve the paper even more
3. Most of All, Have Fun!
The Robert Mittelstaedt Doctoral Symposium is a great way to meet your future colleagues and current faculty,
and the discussant role provides a means to collegially help others with their research