Lightning talks are becoming more common at professional conferences across the nation. From the sciences to liberal arts, these talks allow presenters to share research and projects that might not always fit within the confines of a poster. We are hoping the addition of lightning talks will add diversity to this year’s event.


Lightning talk presenters have 5 minutes: 3 minutes of presenting and 2 minutes for one question. Participants will receive a PowerPoint template, and must use five or fewer slides. Presenters must include a title slide, but do not need to use the other available slides. Lightning talk presenters will receive a confirmation email with an attached template by May 1. Sign up for a timeslot at a review and practice session (see below).

Lightning Talk - Presentation Template

Submit your Lightning Talk


Successful Lightning Talks – Tips and Tricks

Review and Practice Sessions

  • Please attend at least one review and practice session, which will be held Wednesday - Thursday, May 9 & 10, from 4-7 p.m. in the Library (TYKH 202)

Day of

Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your timeslot. You will be notified of the room location closer to the event.