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Materials Guidelines

Formatting Scientific Notes

  • Use a common, easy-to-read font.
  • The title(s) on your session notes should exactly match the title(s) you submitted on the session description form.
  • Session title should be all caps, bold, and centered on the first line at the top of the page.
  • Skip a line after the title and insert your byline in 12-point, title case, italic text.
  • Use single spacing for paragraphs.
  • You may submit a maximum of 10 pages per one hour of lecture time.
  • Document margins should be no less than 1 inch wide.
  • Save your file as a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), plain text (.txt), or PDF (.pdf) document.
  • Notes are to be submitted in electronic format only by uploading files on the MVC Web site.
  • Please ensure the content of your notes matches the content of your presentation.


Formatting PowerPoint Presentations

  • Use a common font, such as Times New Roman, Arial, Georgia, Verdana or Trebuchet MS, to ensure your presentation appears correctly. Make sure the font you select is easy to read.
  • If creating your own PowerPoint design from scratch rather than using a pre-made template, follow these guidelines:
    • The main title on the first slide should be at least 36-point text. A bold font will be easier to read from a distance.
    • Sub-titles on the first slide should be at least 24-point text.
    • Skip a line after the title/subtitle and insert your byline. Use at least 18-point font.
    • A light background with dark text is the easiest to read. Avoid using a dark background, but if it is necessary to your presentation, ensure your text is a bold, light-colored font.
  • If you are using a PowerPoint template, please ensure the formatting meets these readability standards.
  • You may submit no more than 40 slides per hour of lecture.
  • Save your presentation as a .ppt or .pptx file.
  • Please ensure the content of your PowerPoint matches the content of your presentation.