You might have a BAD poster if… A PSA from four PHD students who have been there…
2. if your poster is in 12-point font If it doesn’t fit, you must SHORTEN IT!!!
3. If your poster has more EQUATIONS than WORDS OR FIGURES • Equations should be explained with terms identified
6. If your poster contains COMIC SANS My work is a joke!!
8. If your poster is comprehensible only to your direct colleagues/subfield Minimize jargon, especially in titles
9. If you are not at your poster for, at the VERY VERY LEAST, the full session you are listed for
DO • Start from the beginning when presenting • For a relatively GENERAL AUDIENCE poster session (like this), do put your work in context • Grand motivation • Your sub-field • It’s OK if your results are a small part of the poster, as long as it’s clear that they are YOUR RESULTS • have your contact information • Do it in PICTURES • … if that doesn’t work, do it in WORDS • … if that doesn’t work, do it in EQUATIONS • … if that doesn’t work, do it in MIME • remember that people LIKE TO HEAR WHAT THEY ALREADY KNOW! • have white papers/copies of the poster/preprints in a professional conference