Symposium General Information
Guidelines for Presenters and Discussants
Mittelstaedt & Gentry Symposium Endowment Donors
Presentations will consist of a 20-minute research presentation, followed by a
(maximum) 10-minute discussant response, and then a 10-minute question
period in which the participants can provide feedback to the presenter.
Questions and comments from the audience is encouraged.
Presentations will be held on Friday (all day), and Saturday (morning). We will provide a more definite schedule to you before the symposium.
Extended abstracts for all papers will be provided to all registered participants at the symposium.
Please submit BOTH your extended abstract and a working paper version of your research via email to Michelle Jacobs,
email@example.com by March 8.
The working paper will only be distributed to your discussant (so that they might better prepare to discuss your work). Please type and submit your abstract in Microsoft Word
Given the nature of the conference, doctoral students presenting their research (e.g., dissertation or other
work in progress), it is understandable that many (if not all) of the papers will take on a work in progress appearance.
We hope that the Symposium provides the opportunity for you to receive valuable feedback to consider as you progress toward submitting your manuscript. The Symposium strives to offer a welcoming atmosphere, allowing you to interact with students engaged in the same learning process and meet faculty from schools for which you may eventually decide to apply.
A laptop computer will be available for you to present your presentation. We ask that you email your presentation (PowerPoint) by March 27
to firstname.lastname@example.org. The laptop will be connected to the Internet.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 402-472-2316 or email@example.com
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.
Abstracts for all papers will be provided to all registered participants before the symposium.
As a discussant, you will be provided with a working paper version of your assigned manuscript by March 15.
A laptop computer will be available for you to present your presentation. We ask that you email your presentation (PowerPoint) by
March 27 to firstname.lastname@example.org. The laptop will be connected to the Internet.
If you have questions, feel free to contact us at 402-472-2316 or email@example.com.
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
2. Potential Topics for Slides
These are just some best practices. Indeed, not all of the following areas will be relevant for each paper and each discussant. These are just ideas to begin the creative processes.
3. Most of All, Have Fun!
The Mittelstaedt & Gentry Doctoral Symposium is a great way to interact with your future colleagues and current faculty,
and the discussant role provides a means to help others with their research collegially.