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  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 • Author’s 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.