Poster Presentations Poster Presentation Procedure
What is a poster session? • Science fair for grown ups • Why have poster sessions? • Efficiency!
What is the purpose of poster presentations? • Overt – sharing of research • Covert – Networking! • Creating collegiality/connections among practitioners • Fishing for graduate students and post docs
The three parts of posters prep are? • Creating a Successful Poster • Preparing the “Presentation” • Knowing the Procedure
Posters are made for the eyes. 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. Most common error of new poster makers: too much text that is too small to read visual representation
Prepare Text Title + Affiliation Abstract (use all) Introduction Methods Results Discussion For IMRD, write a short text and bulleted points Choose Graphics Background image that matches theme of research All of or excerpt of survey/s Graphs of key results Relevant photos Creating the Poster: prep
Creating the Poster: layout • Overall layout of poster depends on what you want to convey to audience • What it most important? • What is most persuasive? • Great Web-based help: • Michael Alley-- http://www.writing.engr.psu.edu/posters.html • Colin Purrington -- http://www.swarthmore.edu/NatSci/cpurrin1/posteradvice.htm
Creating the Poster: design & process • 3 or 4 “panel” design • Use PowerPoint • Sketch out by hand first • Set slide size in Page Set up for 44” (width) x 36” (height) (or whatever poster session requires) • Using “whole page” view or 15%-20% view, lay out whole poster using text boxes • Enlarge to 25%-50% to work on individual parts • Savefrequently! • Check whole poster for balance before printing • Print in CSE lab or Arch lab for $18 • Consider laminating or placing in poster carrier
Posters require performance. • Yes, Virginia, there is still a “presentation”! But it’s… • Conversational – “chatting” about your research where you are the expert YET… • Still a Dialogue – cannot hog the floor
Presenting the Poster: prep • PRIME DIRECTIVE: • For each section of your work, be able to answer the wh-questions: who, what, when, why, where, how KNOW THY RESEARCH
Presenting the Poster: prep • Prepare and Practice a 45-60 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!
Presenting the Poster: killer question example Given the rate of divorce [TOPIC] which is about 50% of all marriages [SIGNIFICANCE], I wanted to examine whether youngpeople believe that living together before marriage enhances the chance of marital success [RESEARCH QUESTION]. I designed a questionnaire which included some yes/no questions, some likert scale questions, and a semantic differential which I then distributed to a college population [METHOD]. Overall, participants revealed an interesting contrast between a fairly high acceptance of cohabitationas positive for many aspects of a relationship such as working out household duties and increasing intimacy while still having some doubts about the desirability of a mate who'd lived with former partners [RESULT]. This suggests that among young unmarried people, beliefs about cohabitation are actually pretty similar to beliefs about marriage -- where men and women prefer to live with someone who is committed to the relationship but who hasn't had too many previous live-in relationships [DISCUSSION].
Presenting the Poster: Qs • Plan for other open-ended questions: • What is most important/significant about your research? • What motivated you to choose this topic? • What should happen next? • How does this relate to the field? • Any practical applications? Prepare & Practice
Steps for success include: • Bring 3-5 hard copies of paper • Bring 20-50 copies of handout • copy of poster on one side (color if you can afford it) • brief summary of project, short list of sources, and your contact info on the other • Other material if applicable (copy of survey instrument, brochures, etc). • Stand next to poster and smile!