SCIENTIFIC POSTER DESIGN AND ORGANIZATION By Lauren and Jessica WHAT IS A (SOCIAL) SCIENTIFIC POSTER? A scientific poster is a large document that
communicates your research through a combination of text, table/charts, and images. A poster (vs. a talk) enables you to more personally interact with people who are interested in your research but, at the same time, does not require your presence. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this medium? EXAMPLE OF POSTERS
http://www.flickr.com/groups/[email protected] N21/pool/ www.phdposters.com/gallery.php Find an example of a poster that works well what makes this poster effective?
Find an example of one that does not work as well what makes this poster ineffective? Special bonus game (!!!) MECHANICS: SET UP YOUR SLIDE To begin a poster, make a new slide and
set your dimensions in Page Setup. Make your slide 36x48 (or 48x36). MECHANICS: HOW TO SET UP YOUR SLIDE 1. Open PowerPoint, select Blank Documents, and then PowerPoint Presentation; then select Blank. 2. In the top menu click on View and then Slide. (Normal view is unnecessary because the poster consists of a single slide.) 3. Go File > Page Setup, then enter the width and
height (36 x 48) of the poster in inches. You will see an error message saying the page is larger than the printable sizethat is fine, just click out of it. MECHANICS: MAKE TEXT BOXES All textual info can be made in a text box. You can alter size and shape, and drag the boxes around the page by its edges. The Formatting palette is the most useful. (View> Formatting Palette). The font should be large enough for people to
read (between 18 and 48 pt.) and the text should be as concise as possible. You dont want a lot of text. AVOIDING COMMON TEXT MISTAKES Make sure to keep the visual effect in mind the poster should not be too dense (neither with images nor text).
Title should be in sentence case (not titlecase), and not too long. Use italics or bold instead of underlining key text.
Dont use dark backgrounds. Use alignment tool, dont align by sight. (show example) AVOIDING COMMON IMAGE MISTAKES Your poster will be very large, so use highresolution images. A web image is only 72 dpi.
Your images need to be at least 300 dpi. Take your own photos, or scan a hard copy. It is always best to use your own photos! (Make sure your camera is set to take high-res pictures) Cite your sourcesdo not plagiarize images. There are several places to find open-source images:
Fotopedia Flickr (and look for creative commons licenses) You can make charts and graphs in PPT or Excel.
Create your own graphs using shapes in the PPT menu Or present your data in Excel (save graph as image). General Organization Introduction / Thesis
Introduction should (very) briefly present the topic. The most important aspect of your introduction is to present your thesis (statement of problem or research question). Thesis should be direct and succinct. Introduction/ Thesis Background
Why does the problem matter? Has anyone else looked at this problem? What are some of the related findings? Be sure to cite references. Background
Methods and Data How are you answering your question, testing your hypothesis, or fulfilling your statement of purpose? What data did you use for your study?
What are the methods you are using to analyze your data? What are the drawbacks? Data and Methods Results
What did you find? This should be purely descriptive. Pictures and charts are particularly important for this part. You still want to describe your images. Aside from thesis, this is the most important part. Results
Conclusions Wrap it up Do you accept or reject your hypothesis? How do you answer your question? Conclusions Sources
You must cite the sources of any images or sources you reference. Posters are like papers and plagiarism rules apply. Follow standard in-line citation procedures. For details see
http://abacus.bates.edu/~ganderso/biolo gy/resources/writing/HTWcitations.html. Sources Things To Keep in Mind
You have no more than 10 minutes of someones attention The more pictures the better The less text the better Leave lots of white space Have a border
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