What is so special about the Tanner Conference?

Take a moment and watch the Tanner Takeaway to find out all about it!


Application Deadline is Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at noon

A quick note about Tanner Conference advisors: You are required to have an advisor for your Tanner presentation; this person can be a member of the Wellesley College faculty or staff. We encourage you to contact the person you wish to have as your advisor as soon as possible to give them ample time to agree to serve in this role and to engage with you on your topic. You should view this as a valuable opportunity to strengthen an existing relationship with a faculty or staff member or to begin a new one with someone you would like to have in your professional network.


You may access the Tanner Application by going to the MyWellesley portal student tab:



  • You are allowed to participate in only one Tanner presentation.
  • You may apply as an individual or in a panel with a six person maximum.
  • Submit one application form per presentation. Therefore, if applying either as an individual or as a panel, there should only be one application.
  • You must ask a Wellesley faculty or staff to be your advisor. Ideally, we would like you to discuss your title and abstract with your advisor before submission.


  • The application will auto fill names, class years, and majors for all presenters. The primary contact presenter should start typing in the last names of the advisor and co-presenters and select them from the list that pops up.
  • To add additional presenters, change the number of presenters to the correct number presenting, then enter their information in the appropriate fields.
  • You may submit one (optional) photo for each presentation. This will be used in the online Tanner scheduling application, to plan your Tanner day.
  • The primary contact may revisit the application up until the application closing date/time, for example to add a photo.
  • You must click submit at the bottom of the application.
  • If you are pasting the title and/or abstract into the application from Microsoft Word, please use the paste from word icon at the bottom, right of the abstract box in the application.


  • Individual and small panel applicants (1-3 people) are highly likely to be paired with other presenters.
  • Large panel applicants (4-6 people) are less likely to be joined by additional presenters.
  • All small and large panel applicants should have a thematic connection linking their collaboration. Individual and small panel applicants will be grouped by the committee based on similar characteristics in their experiences and insights.
  • The order in which you list the applicants on the application is the order in which you will be presenting at the Tanner Conference if accepted. Therefore, the primary contact person, the person listed first on the application, should not only be responsible for collecting everyone's information but also the person who's opening the presentation.


Your abstract must respond to the following questions in 150 words:

  1. What was the focus of your off-campus experience?
  2. Why was this experience a significant one, and what did it teach you about the world?
  3. How does this experience relate to your past or future academic and/or social experiences at Wellesley?
  4. What do you hope those who attend your presentation will learn?

The abstract should not read like a travelog or a day-to-day account of your summer or winter break.

Please remember that if you're planning to submit a joint application (2 to 6 people) then one abstract would be submitted on behalf of the group.

  • Title may be 12 words
  • Essay should be 150 words
  • You will need to pick a Thematic Category

-Culture and the Arts

-Empowerment of Youth, Women, and Families

-Health and Medicine Beyond Borders

-Identity, Community, and Global Citizenship

-Technology, Innovation, and Education

  • You will need to select three Tags out of the following list.




Cultural/Ethnic Origins




Grassroots Organization



Human Rights
















When is the Tanner Conference?

Thursday,  October 27, 2016, from 8:30 am - 4:10 pm at Wellesley College Science Center.

How do I Apply for the Tanner Conference?

You can access the online application by clicking My Wellesley>Administrivia>Tanner Application

When is the Deadline for Applying?

Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at noon.

Who Should Apply to Present at Tanner?

The Tanner Conference Committee welcomes applications from all students who would like to share their off-campus learning with the College community. The Committee uses the term "off-campus learning" because it encompasses many types of experiences, including internships, research conducted away from Wellesley, Study Abroad, 12 College Exchange, 3 College Collaboration, and Wintersession Programs.

Are Non-Students Allowed to Participate in Tanner?

Yes. While Tanner is primarily a forum for Wellesley College students, some presentations can be greatly enhanced by the participation of faculty, alumnae, and members of the larger community. At times, faculty organize their own panels and roundtable discussions. Students may invite community leaders to participate on panels if the topic reflect College-community partnerships, such as service-learning programs.

I Had an Internship This Summer, but It Was Not Sponsored by Wellesley. Am I Eligible to Apply?

Yes. We want to hear from all students, regardless of who funded their internship experience.

If I Submit an Individual Application, Will I Be Presenting Alone?

No. If you submit an individual presentation, you will be thematically grouped on a panel by the Tanner Conference Committee.

Am I Required to Have an Advisor?

Yes. It will be most helpful to you if you choose an advisor who is familiar with you as well as with the subject matter on which you want to present. This does not mean that s/he needs to be your major advisor, or even a faculty member. It could also be a staff member that you feel would be most appropriate to help you in preparing your presentation.

Am I Able to Display My Artwork at the Tanner Conference?

As a presenter, you can elect to display any visual aids to support your oral presentation in your designated presentation room. However, students can participate in the Tanner Conference through the sole display of their art work in public areas. These art exhibitors should have an advisor from the Art Department and have to stand by their display for the session that their exhibit is listed in the Tanner Conference Program in order to answer any questions from visitors.

How Long Should My Presentation Be?

While planning your presentations, please keep in mind that the 70 minute sessions should be divided equally amongst the number of presenters and allow for a 10 minute discussion/Q&A period at the end of each session. Depending on the number of presenters your session should reflect the following breakdown:

  • 3 Presenters: 20 minutes each with 10 minutes Q&A
  • 4 Presenters: 15 minutes each with 10 minutes Q&A
  • 5 Presenters: 12 minutes each with 10 minutes Q&A
  • 6 Presenters: 10 minutes each with 10 minutes Q&A

 How Do I Transfer My Powerpoint Presentation to the Computer That I Will Be u may store your presentation on a USB drive (thumb drive), the campus network's 24-hour drop, or as an attachment to your Google apps for education account. As a backup, we recommend that you save your presentation in multiple formats to guarantee access on the day of the conference. In addition, be sure that your presentation works on the computer in your assigned room prior to the day of your presentation.

How Should I Dress?

Business casual.

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Additional Questions?

Email tanner@wellesley.edu