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Scholarly Research Presentations

Research & Creative Achievements Forum

For more than 30 years, the Graduate Professional COuncil has hosted the Research and Creative Activities Forum (RCAF) for graduate students to showcase their research endeavors and creative activities. Professors from within and beyond MU evaluate the presentations, with cash prizes available for exceptional presentations. More>>

Need to Build Skills? Request a Custom Seminar! 

Graduate student groups and degree programs may request a 1 hour professional development seminar on scholarly posters or scholarly presentations. Held at your location. Contact Dr. Robin G Walker: walkerrob[at] or 573.882.8629 to learn more.

Online Learners: DIY Resources

Poster & Presentation Resources in Blackboard

  1. Go to
  2. Log in with your Mizzou pawprint and password.
  3. Click on the My Blackboard tab.
  4. Under the Organization Catalog, select the Students folder.
  5. Look for ID org_grad_scholar
  6. Select Enroll. 

UNC Graduate School Poster and Presentation Resources 

The University of North Carolina shares numerous, detailed presentation resources from multiple universities, including tips on presenting academic research, communicating to a lay audience, presenting with PowerPoint, giving impromptu talks and designing academic posters. Poster templates and printing tips are included.

Oral Presentation Advice

Computer sciences professor Mark Hill explains the differences between written and oral communication and how those differences affect a presenter's approach to the content and the audience. Hill provides an example outline of a conference talk describes what constitutes a badtalk or presentation.