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Creating Effective Poster Presentations

What is a poster session?

"A Poster Session advertises your research. It combines text and graphics to make a visually pleasing presentation" (Writing@CSU).
 

1. The poster is usually a mixture of a brief text mixed with tables, graphs, pictures, and other presentation formats. At a conference, the researcher stands by the poster display while other participants can come and view the presentation and interact with the author.

2. Posters are widely used in the academic community, and most conferences include poster presentations in their program. Research posters summarize information or research concisely and attractively to help publicize it and generate discussion. Prepare a 3-5 minute verbal explanation, as people will probably spend only about 5 minutes at your poster (IHR).

Where do you begin?  Answer these three questions:

1) What is the most important/interesting/astounding finding from my research project?
2) How can I visually share my research with conference attendees? Should I use charts, graphs, photos, images?
3) What kind of information can I convey during my talk that will complement my poster?

Here are "Ten Simple Rules for a Good Poster Presentation."