As the Honors Colloquium is a showcase of exceptional work among Honors students, the Honors Board has established the following expectations for presentations.
Presentations must be academic, based in research, and professional in every way. Therefore, personal stories and anecdotes are inappropriate. In addition, students must properly document all research and follow the rules of Standard English.
Individual presentations should last between six and eight minutes. Group presentations should last between ten and twelve minutes. A timekeeper will signal that one minute remains by holding a yellow card. If the presentation does not conclude within the minute, the timekeeper will signal the end of the allotted time by holding up a red card. At that time, students must leave the stage, whether they have finished their presentation or not.
Students will adhere to the following guidelines. PowerPoint presentations will have:
- A title slide with presentation name, presenter name(s), course, professor, date
- An outline slide to overview the flow and order of the presentation
- Body slides void of errors in syntax and mechanics. Text should be limited on slides (no more than 5 lines of text per slide and no more than 6-7 words per line of text)
- A conclusion slide to sum up major points and highlight significance of presentation
- Embedded media in the slide (no links to external sites)
- A References or Works Cited slide in either MLA or APA format
It is acceptable to refer to notes during presentations. However, students should not read from their notes, nor should the PowerPoint slides contain the same information spoken by the students.
Students must submit PowerPoint presentations to the Honors Board at least one week prior to colloquium. The Honors Board will review the presentation to assure that students adhere to the outlined standards. If the presentation does not meet the established requirements, students will be asked to edit their work and resubmit it to the board for final approval. The work presented to the course professor and the Honors board must be the work presented at colloquium. Students may not make edits or additions without permission.
The Honors Board reserves the right to disqualify any presentation before or on the date of Colloquium.
Examples of Previous Presentations
Examples of previous presentations can be made available to any professor teaching an Honors course to see what constitutes a proper Colloquium presentation, and what does not constitute a proper Colloquium presentation. For more information, contact Prof. Kathryn MacDonald in New Rochelle (firstname.lastname@example.org or 914.740.6452) or Shanon Shaw in the Bronx (email@example.com or 646.393.8526).
How do you get to Colloquium at Carnegie Hall?
Practice! Practice! Practice! It is an honor to present at Colloquium, so students should make every effort to assure that presentations meet the standards set by the Honors Program, including dress, demeanor, and timing.
Professors of Honors courses are expected to guide students in the creation of presentations, and to rehearse with them. In addition, a list of willing faculty and staff mentors is available for students seeking additional feedback and assistance with their presentations.
In recognition, judges award prizes in the following categories:
Best Overall Individual Presentation
This award recognizes the best overall presentation by an individual. The student is judged based on his/her overall presentation of the material, including academic experience, how well he or she presents that experience to the audience, the level of creativity, and general presentation skills.
Best Overall Group
This award recognizes the best overall presentation by a group of two or more individuals. Students are judged based on their overall presentation of the material, including academic experience, how well they present that experience to the audience, the level of creativity, and general presentation skills.
This award is given to the individual or group who best engage(s) the audience.
This award is given to the individual or group who demonstrate(s) the highest level of research completed for a project.
The overall winner may also qualify to represent the College at one of the Honors Conferences hosted by either the National Collegiate Honors Council or the Northeast Regional Honors Council.