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Title: Making Effective Poster Presentations


1
Making Effective Poster Presentations
  • SURGE Workshop 1 February 27, 2007

2
Additional Preliminary Research
  • Talk with PIs, advisors, mentors
  • Analyze audience
  • Involve all appropriate parties

3
Overview
  • What is a poster presentation?
  • What information should you include?
  • How should you write up your poster sections?

4
What is a poster presentation?
  • A way to present your research, regardless of
    stage, in a clear, concise, graphic format to
    engage people who are interested in discussion,
    correspondence or funding.

5
Poster components
  • Research presented visually
  • Many posters displayed in rows
  • Browsed by a number of viewers
  • Oral explanation of 5-10 minutes

6
  • What information should you include?

7
Questions to ask yourself
  • What background information does this audience
    need to understand the research?
  • How does this project fit into the context of
    research in the field or in a research group?
  • How can I connect my topic to something the
    audience can understand?
  • What parts of the research process must your
    audience understand to grasp the point?

8
Features to include
  • Present only essential findings
  • Same information as a paper or talk
  • Not as detailed as a paper or talk
  • Simplify, simplify, simplify!!

9
Individuals research worksheet
  • Please take five to ten minutes to outline ideas
    and information you already have on the worksheet
    provided.

10
Overview of Poster Sections
  • Title
  • Authors and institution
  • Abstract
  • Rationale
  • Methods and Results
  • Conclusion and acknowledgements

11
Sections
  • Title
  • Should be specific
  • Indicates question addressed
  • Presents most important results
  • Authors and institution

12
Sections Abstract
  • Purpose
  • Methods and scope
  • Findings
  • Conclusions
  • Recommendations

13
Sections Rationale
  • Brief background
  • Research context

14
Sections Methods and Results
  • Methods
  • Condensed version of methods section
  • Most important information
  • List of steps or flowchart
  • Results
  • Significant findings
  • Supporting data

15
Sections Conclusion and Acknowledgements
  • Conclusion
  • Importance relevance of results
  • Take-home message
  • Acknowledgements
  • Collaborators
  • Sources of financial support

16
Workshop Activity
  • In groups, please take 20 minutes to use the
    techniques we have outlined to decide what you
    would include in a poster presentation on the
    Wilson, Batty, and Dill (2003) article.
  • Your group will be asked to present your
    decisions about what to include after we come
    back together.

17
  • How should you write the sections for your poster?

18
Consider audience and approach
  • Audiences can have different levels of base
    knowledge. In groups, please pick one persons
    research project and write a 30 second
    description of it suitable for the each of the
    following audiences
  • 1) your grandmother
  • 2) a scientist in another field
  • 3) a scientist in your field

19
The writing process
  • Strategize. Brainstorm to establish
  • Main focus
  • Intriguing title
  • Necessary details
  • Take-home message
  • Organization
  • Structure logically
  • Stick to the main focus
  • Make lists

20
The writing process
  • Revision
  • Edit for
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling and grammar
  • Clarity
  • Style
  • Simplicity
  • Audience

21
Undergraduate Writing Center
  • Who we are.
  • Where we are.
  • How we can help.
  • What to bring.
  • Hours M-Th 9am-8pm, F 9am-3pm,

22
You are invited to come to Poster Presentation
Workshop 2
  • Topic Effective layout and presentation of your
    poster.
  • Monday, March 19
  • WEL 2.224
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