We will hold a poster session during class on April 23rd in the Atrium. You will each prepare your own poster to present during your normal lab time.
- The poster should be a summary of the key findings from your work and your interpretations. You will unlikely be able to fit everything you did on one poster.
- The poster should briefly tell a story and present the question/motivation, objectives, study site, methods, results, interpretation, conclusion.
- Attendance is mandatory to get a passing grade on the project.
You should prepare a full-size poster (e.g. 24" or 36" tall by 48" wide) and print a hard copy to hang in one of the following formats:
Even if you do not print a full size version of your poster, it is recommended that you prepare the posters in something like Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Publisher or Microsoft PowerPoint on a full size poster sheet (see here
if you need help). You should prepare a PDF or image of your poster, so you can host a digital copy on your project page for your website.
- Highlight the authors' names, e-mails, and address information
in case the viewer is interested in contacting you for more information.
- Prepare all diagrams or charts neatly and legibly beforehand in a
size sufficient to be read at a distance of 2 meters. Paragraph and
figure caption text should be AT LEAST 24-point font (0.9 cm height) and
headers AT LEAST 36 point font (1.2 cm height). Use creativity by using
different font sizes and styles, perhaps even color.
- Use different colors and textures/symbols for each line or bar
contained in your graph or chart. A serif font (e.g., Times) is often
easier for reading main text, and a non-serif font (e.g., Arial or
Helvetica) for headers and figure labels.
- Organize the paper on the poster board so it is clear, orderly,
and self-explanatory. You have complete freedom in displaying your
information in figures, tables, text, photographs, etc.
- Use squares, rectangles, circles, etc., to group similar
ideas. Avoid cluttering your poster with too much text. Label different
elements as I, II, III; or 1, 2, 3; or A, B, C, making it easier for a
viewer to follow your display.
- Include the background of your research followed by results and
conclusions. A successful poster presentation depends on how well you
convey information to an interested audience.
Also post a PDF (< 10 MB in size) on your project pages for your course website, and submit the URL to Canvas to receive poster credit.
We will split the class into two groups. Groups will alternate between standing by their posters and answering questions and wandering between the different posters. You will be responsible for filling out anonymous peer-review forms of others' posters and you will be encouraged to give each other constructive critiques and helpful feedback. You will be graded in part on your participation in this peer-review process.