If you are participating in CLAS, please follow the guidance below. Questions? Email clas@colby.edu.


Please confirm your time and place: The schedule is now final. You can confirm your time and place by clicking on the CLAS 2018 Schedules listings and clicking the appropriate format:

If you don’t know which poster block is yours, search for your name.

Oral Presentations

  • Practice your presentation: You have invested a lot of time in your research. Be sure to invest sufficient time in your presentation. Practice is the best way to alleviate nervousness and to enhance quality. Take the time to practice your presentation out loud.
  • Come early, and be efficient: Please come early to your room. Oral presenters will need some time to load any PowerPoints on to the computer; we want to have all the presentations loaded before the session begins. Please bring your slides on an external drive, like a thumb drive. There is not much time between sessions, so we need to be efficient.
  • Keep the slides simple:  This is not the time for elaborate transitions, embedded videos, or other complicated elements. Keep it simple; keep it on PowerPoint. Try it out on a classroom computer ahead of time.
  • Keep to your time: Each presentation has a starting time (and, by extension, an ending time). It is critical that you not speak beyond your allotted time. We have many presentations and many sessions, and we need to ensure that sessions end on time so that the next session can get in.
  • Be courteous: In general, the expectation is that you will stay for your entire session to provide a consistent audience for the full session. In some cases, though, you may need to leave early in order to deliver another presentation. In such a case, you should leave quietly between speakers.
  • Quiet hallways: In the past, we had cases where hallway noise interfered with presentations. When presentations are in session, please keep your conversations quiet and away from doorways.
  • Have a great time: CLAS is a wonderful celebration of the impressive work that you and your peers do. Enjoy the opportunity to witness (and create) visible displays of intelligence.


  • Pick up your poster: You should have already submitted your poster for printing. (If you haven’t yet, please fill out this form.
  • You will receive an email when your poster is printed telling you where to pick up your poster (mostly in Lovejoy 404, but some in Diamond).
  • Poster Blocks: We have three poster sessions:
    1. Morning, 9 to 11 a.m.
    2. Midday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    3. Afternoon, 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Each session has an “A block and a B block.” “A” block participants will stand by their poster during the first hour of the session; “B” block participants will stand by their poster during the second hour.
  • For the midday session, “A” block participants will stand by their posters from 11-noon, and “B” block participants will stand by their posters from 1-2. The poster session will be “quiet” from noon to 1 p.m. to allow everyone to attend the Phi Beta Kappa Speech Contest in Page Commons.
  • Your poster should be displayed during your entire session. During your “off” block, you can check out the other posters in your session. At the end of your session, be sure to remove your poster.
  • Poster number: The poster number tells you which easel/foam core you should use. We will have thumbtacks available.
  • Come early, and be efficient: Poster presenters will need a few minutes to put their posters up.

Presenter Tips