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The 63rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Nematologists

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SON2024 Presentation Guidelines


Each oral presentation of the scientific sessions is allotted 15 minutes in the agenda, 12 minutes of presentation plus 3 minutes for discussion.
Please have your presentation loaded on a USB thumb drive in PowerPoint compatible with a Windows PC. All presenters should upload their presentations the morning of their talk, so the IT staff and Session Chairs have time to load and check your presentation with the computer system. A laptop will be available for presenters to preview their presentation to ensure its compatibility with the presentation computers (please inquire at the registration desk).


    • Each poster will be given a number and allotted a space 3′ high x 3′ wide (or 91 cm x 91 cm) (Portrait). The spaces will be numbered ahead of time so that you will know where to place your poster. Pushpins will be provided for mounting the poster.

      Indicate the title, and name(s) of author(s) at the top of your poster so that it may be identified easily; the lettering for this heading should be at least 1″ (30.5 cm or 72 points) high.

      As a general guideline, text and illustrations should be comfortably read from a distance of 3 to 4 feet (or 1 m), so make them large enough to be seen clearly. Charts, drawings, photographs and illustrations might well be similar to those used in making slides and more heavily drawn. Simple use of color can effectively add emphasis. Your poster should be printed on lightweight materials that could be supported by pushpins. Hand-lettered material is generally unsuitable for professional and effective poster presentation. Typed material should use the largest font possible, but at least 30 points in size. Illustrated materials should be kept simple. It also might be useful to have small copies of the poster for handouts.

      Poster Set Up:   To be determined at a future date
      Poster boards are numbered. Please hang your poster in the assigned location, corresponding with your poster number assigned in the Poster Program.

When you submit your abstract for the 2024 Society of Nematologists Annual Meeting in Park City, you will have the opportunity to sign up for one of two student competitions (students may not enter both competitions) in the Category selections.
  • Traditional Oral Competition – $500 first place, $250 second place.
    • 9-minute presentation + 3 minutes for questions
  • Three Minute Thesis Competition – $250 first place
    • 3-minute presentation + 1 minute for questions

The Traditional Competition will be limited to 12 students. If more than 12 students sign up, the abstracts will be used to select the 12 students. The abstracts will be judged on quality of writing and science. Students who are not able to be in the Traditional Competition will be given a choice to present in the Three Minute Thesis Competition or in a regular session.

Three-minute thesis Competition Rules and Scoring

Presentation Requirements and Guidelines

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description are allowed.
  • No additional embedded electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum, and competitors exceeding three minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Thank you to our Conference Sponsors!

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