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24th National Conference on Undergraduate Research

UM Faculty and Staff Sign-up to Moderate Sessions

Thank you for moderating a session for NCUR!

We will need over 300 faculty and staff to help host the Oral Presentation Sessions. We have over 2,500 participants arriving from across the nation and the United Kingdom, so your assistance and involvement will be a vital part of this national conference hosted by The University of Montana.

UM Faculty and Staff Sign-up to Moderate Sessions

Please use the electronic sign-up linked above.  You will receive an e-mail from Professor Garon Smith, NCUR Program Chair, with your assignment and more information prior to the conference.  You can contact him at garon.smith@umontana.edu

Q & A:

What does a faculty moderator do?

Each oral session contains four, 20-minute talks (15 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for questions).  Your role is to greet the students when they report into the session and serve as emcee during the 80-minute session by introducing each presenter, directing the Q & A, and maintaining the session's time schedule.  We will provide a student aide for each session moderator.  The student aide will take care of any IT needs and hold up timing cards during each presentation to alert the speaker about timing issues.

How much time commitment is involved?

Please sign up for a session or two.  Each session is 80 minutes long.  The electronic sign-up (linked above) will have days and hours for you to select. 

How will I know my assignment?

You will receive an e-mail from Professor Garon Smith, NCUR Program Chair, with your assignment and more information prior to the conference.  You can contact him at garon.smith@umontana.edu

Will I moderate a session in my own discipline?

NCUR covers the full spectrum of academic disciplines - natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, fine arts and professional programs.  While we will do our best to schedule faculty to host sessions related to their academic discipline, we thank you in advance for being open to stepping outside your disciplinary lines and hosting sessions wherever we need you!

Will I receive training to moderate a session?

Training is optional.  Please read the section above on What does a faculty moderator do?  It is that easy.   Professor Garon Smith, NCUR Program Chair, will provide an optional training session in the UC Theatre on March 26 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.   Training takes approximately 20 minutes, and 3 sessions will be held between 4:00 and 5:00. 

Questions?  E-mail Professor Garon Smith at garon.smith@umontana.edu