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Title: Key Issues in Developmental Psychology Author: Barbara Pan Last modified by: Kristy Cooper Created Date: 2/2/1999 1:24:52 AM Document presentation format – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: How to Prepare for a Poster Presentation


1
How to Prepare for a Poster Presentation
  • Shared by Kristy Cooper
  • Building off Materials from
  • Professors Nancy Hill Barbara Pan
  • February 22, 2010

2
Why give a poster presentation?
  • Opportunity for the presenter and the audience to
    engage in one-on-one discussion
  • Opportunity for the presenter to get feedback and
    insight from the audience
  • More genuine exchange of ideas than a panel
    presentation

3
What happens during a poster session?
  • Posters are displayed in an exhibit area for a
    designated time period
  • Presenters stand by their posters to engage with
    audience members as they walk through the
    exhibits
  • Audience moves through the displays stopping at
    posters related to their interests
  • Presenters discuss their work with visitors to
    their posters

4
What will happen during the SRC poster session?
  • Posters will be displayed on tables in the Gutman
    Conference Center (using tri-fold board displays)
    during a dedicated poster session
  • Presenters will stand by their posters at
    designated portions of the poster session
  • Presenters will discuss their work with visitors
    to their posters
  • Presenters will visit other posters when they are
    not sharing their poster

5
Preparing Your Poster
  • Materials for a Poster
  • Conference posters are typically
    3.5-4 feet by 5.5-6 feet, and are typically
    printed on expensive, glossy paper
  • For the SRC, posters must be on tri-fold boards
    so they can be displayed on tables (and
    expensive, glossy printing is unnecessary)
  • Tri-fold boards are available at many copy stores

6
Preparing Your Poster
  • Contents of a Research Poster
  • Title Sheet
  • Introduction
  • Research Question(s)
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion/Conclusion
  • References

7
Title Sheet
  • Should include
  • Presentation Title
  • Authors Name(s)
  • Affiliation

8
Introduction
  • Introduce the general issues your research covers
  • Present what is already known about these issues
    in existing research
  • Best to include citations in small font at the
    bottom of this sheet

9
Research Question(s)
  • State the specific research questions you address

10
Methods
  • Describe your data sources
  • Describe how you collected your data
  • Examples surveys, observations,
    interviews,existing dataset, etc.
  • Give specifics such as number of participants,
    length of interviews, etc.
  • Describe how you analyzed your data
  • Coding scheme, quantitative methods, etc.

11
Results
  • Present what you found in your data
  • Connect the data to each of your research
    questions
  • Exhibits are powerful here
  • Tables, Graphs, Figures, Pictures
  • Interview quotes
  • Passages from field notes

12
Discussion/Conclusion
  • Link your findings to broader issues
  • State the implications of your work for students,
    parents, teachers, administrators, and/or
    policymakers.
  • Note directions for future research

13
References
  • List references in APA format
  • This is the one piece of your poster that can be
    in very small font

14
Making Your Poster Effective
  • Plan your poster in the same way you would plan
    a powerpoint presentation

15
Making Your Poster Effective
  • Be selective and focus on the major points from
    your research
  • Minimize detail
  • Avoid jargon
  • Have a clear organization
  • Go for visual appeal

16
Making Your Poster Effective
  • Be thoughtful about graphics
  • Capitalize on the informative nature of tables,
    graphs, figures, and pictures
  • Create a display that enhances conversation
  • Utilize color - particularly to highlight key
    takeaways
  • Use large lettering

17
Some Design Tips
  • Powerpoint slides make for great templates, but
    avoid busy, distracting backgrounds
  • Standard-size tri-fold boards hold about 15
    slides in horizontal orientation
  • You can trim some slides to smaller than 8.5x11
    size
  • You might mount slides on colored paper
  • Use a minimum of 20-point font, and use a
    consistent font throughout
  • Black text is easiest to read

18
Use a handout
  • 1-2 Pages (single sheet of paper)
  • Might supplement the poster with additional
    information
  • Might summarize the poster
  • Might duplicate the poster content exactly
  • Include your contact information for follow-up

19
Preparation Tips
  • Prepare a 3-5 minute explanation of your poster
    to share with audience members who stop at your
    poster
  • Practice your spiel with a few folks ahead of
    time to work out the kinks

20
Other Resources
  • Nicol, A.A., Pexman, P. (2003). Displaying your
    findings A practical guide for creating figures,
    posters, and presentations. Washington American
    Psychological Association.
  • Nicol, A.A., Pexman, P. (2003). Presenting your
    findings A practical guide for creating tables.
    Washington American Psychological Association.
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