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The Research Poster Presentation. NASA Summer Interns, 2014 Presented by: Dr. Charlotte Zeamer Student Coordinator Education Office NASA Ames Research Center. A good poster will…. Meet the conventions for the specific event Match the audience knowledge base and interests

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The research poster presentation

The Research Poster Presentation

NASA Summer Interns, 2014

Presented by:

Dr. Charlotte Zeamer

Student Coordinator

Education Office

NASA Ames Research Center


A good poster will

A good poster will…

  • Meet the conventions for the specific event

  • Match the audience knowledge base and interests

  • Focus your message – what is the one thing you want people to remember?

  • Convey your message visually

  • Be readable from about 4 - 6 feet away

  • Be clearly organized


Before your poster session

Before your poster session…

  • Prepare a brief (2-3 minute) talk about your research

  • Practice it!

  • Arrive early to find your location and put up your poster

  • Bring push pins (just in case)


Presentation time

Presentation time…

  • Don’t be a wallflower! Make eye contact and smile if people seem interested. Start talking if they look right at you or walk over.

  • Stay by your poster!

  • With the consent of your mentor, make handouts and give them out.

  • Take everything with you when you go.


Effective communication

Effective Communication

  • Preparation

  • Practice

  • Presence


Sample speech outline

Sample Speech Outline

  • Introduction

    • Thesis

  • Body

    • Support arguments

  • Conclusion

    • Review


Sample poster presentation outline

Sample Poster Presentation Outline

  • Greet

    A. Introduce yourself; get to know them if you can

    B. 1-sentence overview of research

  • The Story of Your Research

    A. What made you interested in this topic?

    B. What question did you have?

    C. How did you go about finding the answer?

    D. What did you find? What does it mean?

  • Wrap-up

    A. Review – 2-sentence overview of what they just heard


Don t

Don’t

  • Read directly from notes

  • Read directly from poster

  • Turn your back on your audience

  • Slouch, hands in pockets, avoid eye contact

  • Avoid um, ah, you know’s

  • Stay still/calm (watch nervous gestures)

  • Talk too fast


The research poster presentation

Do

  • Enjoy your time talking about your research

  • Glance at notes/graphics if you need to

  • Appropriate gestures

  • Confirmatory questions to involve audience (remember, it’s an audience of 1 or 2, so feel free to be conversational!)


Tips for controlling the butterflies

Tips for controlling the “Butterflies”…

  • Know the audience- greet or chat with the audience before hand. It’s easier to speak to friends than to strangers.

  • Know your material-increased nervousness is due to feeling unsure or unprepared.


Control the butterflies

Control the “Butterflies”

  • Don’t apologize! …By mentioning your nervousness or apologizing, you’ll only be calling the audience’s attention to mistakes.

  • Concentrate on your message-not the medium. Focus on the message you are trying to convey and not on the poster or the graphs.


Ok time to give it a try

Ok, time to give it a try

  • Use this text editor to describe your work.

  • Use this outline to prepare your 3-minute talk

  • Greet

    A. Introduce yourself; get to know them if you can

    B. 1-sentence overview of research

  • The Story of Your Research

    A. What made you interested in this topic?

    B. What question did you have?

    C. How did you go about finding the answer?

    D. What did you find? What does it mean?

  • Wrap-up

    • Review – 2-sentence overview of what they just heard

  • Practice with the person next to you

    • Can you do it in 3 minutes?


  • Any questions

    Any questions?

    • You’ll do great!

    • Break a leg!

    • Research is fun!

    • Talking about it is (maybe more) fun!

    • Ask your mentor, too, if they have any tips.


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