Selection Criteria

Proposals should draw upon current research, promising practices and/or model programs or systems solutions that offer application for rural communities.  Proposals should indicate how consumer input, diversity and cross-cultural issues are represented and appreciated.  Program presentations should contain explicit details regarding the target population(s) served, the context in which services are delivered, and demonstrate effective outcomes.  In addition, successful proposals also will demonstrate content and presentation clarity.

Types of Presentations

Contributed Papers:

Sessions are formed around a general theme and comprise several presentations by different authors. The author of each piece is allotted approximately 30 minutes for presentation which includes time for questions from the audience at the end of the session.


60 minutes – one, two or more presenters/commentators sharing perspectives on a single topic or several elements of a research project.

Panel/Roundtable Discussions:

Two or three authors are encouraged to work together to develop a panel presentation in which papers are coordinated and focus in-depth on a particular topic. Sixty minutes is reserved for the panel presentation (authors may choose how the presentations are to be connected), time for questions from the audience is reserved at the end of the session.


Poster sessions are reports on applied research or practice summarized in graphic format: tables, graphs, pictures, and text. Authors are present during the assigned poster session time to discuss their work. Attendees visit the author(s) individually. The purpose of the poster presentation is to share with others the work you are doing in your community or program, to present new research results, or to showcase new innovative approaches.