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Title: Poster Presentations

Poster Presentations
  • Poster
  • Presentation
  • Procedure

Poster presentations are an economically
efficient way of sharing information
  • What is a poster session?
  • Science fair for grown ups
  • Why have poster sessions?
  • Efficiency!

What is the purpose of a poster presentation?
  • Overt sharing of research
  • Covert Networking!
  • Creating collegiality/connections among
  • Fishing for graduate students and post

  • S.Zelov Flickr Creative Commons

A successful poster presentation has three parts
  • Creating a Successful Poster
  • Preparing the Presentation
  • Knowing the Procedure

Posters are visual!
The poster is a of your research. The
audience is on the move, not sitting still.
Thus, visual appeal is critically
important. Balance TEXT and GRAPHICS.
visual representation
Choose text and graphics carefully.
  • Necessary Text
  • Title Affiliation
  • Abstract (use all)
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • For IMRD, write a short text and bulleted
  • Critical Graphics
  • Background image that matches theme of research
  • All of or excerpt of survey/s or materials
  • Graphs of key results
  • Relevant photos

Layout should reflect the presenters purpose.
  • Overall layout of poster depends on what you want
    to convey to audience
  • What it most important?
  • What is most persuasive?
  • Great Websites --http//
  • http//

What is the process for creating a poster?
  • 3 or 4 panel design to plan poster
  • Use PowerPoint or Corel Draw
  • Sketch out by hand first
  • Set slide size in Page Set up for 44 x 36
    (check with conference)
  • Lay out whole poster using text boxes with
    15-20 (or whole page) view
  • Enlarge to 25-50 to work on individual parts
  • Save frequently!
  • Check whole poster for balance before printing
  • Print in CSE or Arch CIRCA labs for just 18.00!!

Present the Poster!
  • Yes, Virginia, there is still a presentation!
    But its
  • Conversational in tone chatting about your
    research where you are the expert
  • YET
  • Still a Dialogue cannot hog the floor

Know your research well.
  • For each section of your work, be able to answer
    the wh-questions who, what, when, why, where,

Practice the Presentation!
  • Prepare and Practice a 60-120 second response to
    the killer question So, tell me about your
    research. One sentence each
  • Topic significance of topic
  • Research Question
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion

the preeminent fishing question!
Topic, Significance and RQ can usually be stated
in a single sentence.
(Example adapted from PLoS Medicine, The Promise
of Prevention) Life expectancy varies hugely
among social groups in the United States TOPIC
and while theres been a lot of research on
psychosocial and health care determinants of
these disparities, less research has investigated
the role of modifiable risk factors
SIGNIFICANCE -- so I wanted to examine the
role of smoking, high blood pressure, elevated
blood glucose, and adiposity on life expectancy
Method statement should include basics of design
and population
  • We used eight subgroups of the US racecounty
    combinations, referred to as the Eight Americas
    in a previous work,(see Table 1), extracting data
    from a 2005 US National Center for Health
    Statistics report. Then, we used modeling methods
    to estimate the effects of risk factor exposure
    on death rates and life expectancy METHOD.

Results statement is a synthesis of what is most
  • We found that effects on life expectancy of the
    risk factors were smallest in Asians and largest
    in Southern rural blacks but, overall, these risk
    factors reduced the life expectancy for men and
    women born in 2005 by 4.9 and 4.1 years,
    respectively. Also, if these four risk factors
    were reduced to optimal levels, disparities among
    the subgroups in deaths from cardiovascular
    diseases and diabetes and from cancers would be
    reduced by up to 80 and 50, respectively.RESULT

Discussion statement is a summary of strongest
implication or application to field.
  • These findings suggest that disparities in
    smoking, blood pressure, blood sugar, and
    adiposity among US racial and geographical
    subgroups explain a substantial proportion of the
    disparities in deaths from cardiovascular
    diseases, diabetes, and cancers among these
    subgroups. The disparities in risk factor
    exposure also explain some of the disparities in
    life expectancy. There are other disparities we
    didnt account for (salt intake and alcohol use,
    for example), but, overall, we feel that reduced
    exposure to preventable risk factors through the
    implementation of relevant policies and programs
    should reduce life expectancy and mortality
    disparities in the US and yield health benefits
    at a national scale DISCUSSION.

Plan for other open-ended questions.
  • What is most important/significant about your
  • What are the biggest limitations?
  • What should happen next?
  • How does this relate to the field?
  • Any practical applications?

Prepare Practice
Follow the procedures for Poster Presentations
  • Bring 2-3 hard copies of whole paper
  • Bring 20-50 copies of handout with copy of poster
    on one side (color if you can afford it) and
    brief summary of project, research references,
    and contact info (name, affiliation, email, link
    to paper) on the other
  • Other material if applicable (copy of survey
    instrument, brochures, etc).
  • Stand next to poster and smile!