Present research project data:Very specific scopeData not sufficient for formal publicationRelevant to poster session topic. Purpose of a Research Poster:. Title
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1. Creating a Research Poster Jennifer Springsteen
2. Present research project data:
Very specific scope
Data not sufficient for formal publication
Relevant to poster session topic Purpose of a Research Poster:
3. Title & Authors
Materials & Methods
Acknowledgements Contents of a Research Poster:
4. Title & Authors: Title:
Short, Succinct, Specific
Discuss with mentor, collaborators to determine appropriate inclusions and name order
Include institutional affiliations
5. Examples of Title/Author Lines:
6. Abstract: Brief summary of your research:
Objectives and/or hypotheses
Abridged materials & methods
Overview of findings
Use text submitted for poster registration!
7. Background: Introduce reader to your subject:
Why is the issue important?
What has other research shown?
Basic facts/information about subject
8. Research Objectives: Clearly state why you did the project:
Specific research question(s)
Coordinate with your data & conclusions - questions here are answered in those sections
“Aims”, “Goals”, “Hypotheses”, etc.
Keep these short and succinct
9. Materials & Methods: Exactly what you did and how you did it.
Tables and diagrams are helpful and visually engaging
Describe each effort individually:
subject selection, recruitment, randomization,etc.
type of data collected, how collected, statistical analysis
No data in this section!
10. Results: Present your data:
Tables & graphs when possible - don’t hide numbers in text
Statistical test results
Do not explain your data in this section!
11. Conclusions: Explain your data:
Address your specific research objectives
Summarize statistically significant data
Report unexpected or abnormal findings
Discuss problems encountered or suspected
12. Future Directions: Outline future research:
Improvements to study design
Ways to address unexpected findings
New objectives developed from this project
13. Literature Cited: Format as directed by poster guidelines, if specified
Use a standard, consistent format as observed in current scientific journals
Parenthetical author’s name and year
14. Acknowledgements: Thank your supporters -- Important!
Who funded your project?
Did you receive any donations?
Is your research part of a larger project?
Did someone else do your data collection? Analysis? Writing? Design?
15. Suggested Section Headers: You are not limited on section headers!
Choose what fits your project - different words may fit different subjects, disciplines better than others!
You may need to discuss unique types of information that don’t fit generic headers.
“What we know”
“What we found”
“Where are we going”
20. Choosing A Format: Single Large Page
Currently more common
Careful! Can’t easily correct mistakes! Many Small Panels
Easier to transport
Can update for new data and correct mistakes
21. Designing Your Poster: Make it clear and easy to read!
Large block fonts
“White” spaces, margins
Bold titles, sub-titles
22. Designing Your Poster: Create logical flow!
Top left to bottom right
Set off each section
Direct reader’s eye
23. Designing Your Poster: Make it interesting!
A picture is worth a thousand words!
Graphs and tables make data easy to interpret
24. Know The Specifics: Poster guidelines
The organization hosting the poster session should provide specific details including:
How poster will be hung (pins, tape, velcro)
Time of your presentation
If details are not provided, use general rules:
Size typically ranges from 3’x5’ to 4’x6’
Pins are usually o.k. unless specified
Plan to stand at your poster for 1 or 2 hours
SPH Research Day:
Min. 4’x4’, max. 4’x8’
25. Using Power Point: General Tips:
Create consistent page design
Format one text box exactly as you want it, then copy and paste new ones so that all are consistent.
Keep colors, fonts, styles, consistent or coordinated
Add a black or colored line around text boxes and images to create a more defined edge.
Use different backgrounds to set off tables, figures
View the image at the actual size at which it will be printed - make sure it is not pixilated or blurry
Use high-resolution (.tif) formats
Caution - large files can slow/freeze your computer - Save often!
26. Using Power Point: Multiple Small Panels:
Be consistent with fonts, sizes, colors
Can create a slide presentation and simply print the slides as panels
Printer can enlarge panels - be aware that font sizes will increase
If you want different sized panels, don’t print some at 100% and others at 200% - font’s won’t match
You will have to create multiple Power Point documents with customized sizes and make sure your design is consistent.
27. Using Power Point: Single Large Page
Create custom-sized slide
File, page set up, slide sized for… “custom”
Power Point has a maximum size of 56”x56”
You can create a poster half as wide/tall as you want your final version to be, then have it printed at 200% size.
Use alignment tools
Center objects relative to page
Align text boxes along tops, sides
Group objects to keep them together
Arrows overlayed on images
Text boxes associated with figures
Use “Fit” view size and then zoom in on areas to do work
28. Printing your poster: On Campus:
ADCS Student Computer Lab
B060 Coffman Union
University Printing Services
Jim McCabe - UMN Posters - highly recommended!!!