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Effective SMP Poster Presentations. Objective. Explain guidelines you should follow to create your poster Provide you with examples of past SMP posters. What is the purpose of a poster? Why Large-Format?. Poster Presentations. Before you start… Some things to consider. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


Effective Large Format Poster Presentations

EffectiveSMP PosterPresentations

1In FA12: All PsycSMP completers will present their research at the Annual Fall PsycSMP Symposium in GH on Friday, Dec 7 - time & location TBA. Students presenting a poster will be assigned an hour timeslot when they are expected to be present at their poster. Posters will go up at time TBA and stay up until time TBA so that faculty members can review posters. In SP13: The SMCM SMP poster session will be Tuesday, April 30 - 9AM to noon in the Michael O'Brien ARC. Students will be assigned an hour and a half timeslot during that three hour period when they are expected to be present at their poster. Posters will go up at 8:30 AM and stay up until 1 PM so that faculty members can review posters. ObjectiveExplain guidelines you should follow to create your poster

Provide you with examples of past SMP posters2Remember, your poster and the presentation of it (which involves more than just standing beside it and looking good) is really the culminating part of the SMP process (aside from turning in your project to the Registrar, of course) and is included in your evaluation. Follow the guidelines to create a quality poster.Poster Presentations

What is the purpose of a poster?

Why Large-Format?3The whole purpose of a poster is to facilitate an informal discussion between the presenters and the audience. It should guide each viewer through the highlights of the study and while inviting questions and reflection. Overall poster format and design can contribute to the efficient and accurate delivery of information.

Large Format Posters look very neat and professional. There is no cutting or pasting involved, no need to arrange it the right way. Everything is all-in-oneset up at the place of your poster presentation couldnt be easier.

Before you startSome things to consider

4- What main concepts will someone seeing my poster need to know to understand my project?- What do I consider most important about my project, and what do I want viewers to learn about my results and their significance?- What images, figures, ideas, etc. will be most interesting and helpful to my audience and make them want to look at my poster? Visually inviting posters draw people in to read about your research. This your chance to show off all that you knowafter all, youve worked on this project for quite some time.

The Poster Printing Lab Supports Program: Microsoft PowerPoint

Media: USB Drive*, CD, data stored on your G-drive

System: PC

5USB preferred, you can create on a Mac but please test open the file on a pcWorking on your poster- Getting started-

Asset Management

General Specifications

6The first thing you will want to do is create a folder for all of your assets as well as your poster file. Include any unusual fonts used, text documents, and all images. Next, create a new .ppt file to size in the application (the final size of the poster). Maximum SMP poster size: 33W x 43H

Maximum file size: 95 Mb

Working on your poster-Text-Use care in choosing a font and font size. SerifSans SerifTimesGaramondGeorgiaCenturyArialVerdanaTahomaCalibri71) You want the poster to be as readable as possible. Sans serif fonts work best for poster text (Arial, Verdana, Calibri, Helvetica, Tahoma). Choose a font and stick with it throughout the poster (exception: title)! Avoid overuse of outlining, shadowing, and italics as they can be distracting. Larger font size, boldface, underlining, and different colors help to make things stand out. All text should be upper and lower case text-No all caps (exception-title)!2) Titles, of course, should be the largest font size on your poster (75-85 pt: 1 inch). Boldface font to make it stand out, or perhaps italicize. Author & mentor names (60-66pt) and academic & institution affiliation (50-56pt). These three center justified. Section headings smaller than previous 3 but larger and different color than rest of supporting text (at least 40-44 pt). Supporting text should be no smaller than 28pt (30-32 preferred) and non-boldface!Working on your poster- Organizing Information -

Selecting Information


8 Be straight forward and concise. A poster does not contain the entire content of your paper. The Introduction must include the purpose and significance of your topic, but you must reduce your lit review considerably. Make it as short as possible. Your handout highlights a few ways to highlight relevant literature. Methods: You want viewers to get a sense of what participants experiences. Include an relevant images of materials used. In a brief narrative, include the number of participants and any important data about them, design, a description of task, the grouping variables, the nature of control conditionno need for detail necessary to replicate, just enough so they get the picture. Report your results primarily with tables and figures-introduce with statement of analyses used and significant findings. More info on figures in a bit.Conclusion instead of discussion which highlights the relationship between the results and your original hypotheses. May leave information about implications or suggestions for future research for discussion with your poster viewers or information to include on a handout. Include references if you referred to others work (only references used in the poster, not all the ones from your paper!). Acknowledgements section can be included at the end if you desire. *************In short, avoid having too much text (a densely written poster won't draw readers)! Avoid long narrative paragraphs and use numbered or bulleted lists to convey a series of points. Title at top of course followed by your name and your mentors name (e.g. Angie Draheim and Jennifer Tickle, PhD) and then institution name. Use a 2- or 3-column(if necessary) layout, this will facilitate the flow of traffic past the poster. I recommend 3 column if you can achieve it. Should leave enough empty space to separate the parts of the poster. Layout Example #1

93-columnLayout Example #2

102-columnWorking on your poster- Aesthetics -Color Scheme


11Colored backgrounds are ok, but text boxes should be filled with white. This is an environmentally & printer friendly practice, and is the design scheme used for most professional/graduate school posters. Exception: Header/title textboxes can incorporate Light background, dark text or dark background with light text. 2-3 colors generally unify a poster. Too many colors are distracting! Do not use an image as background (note exceptions: when relevant, images built into PPT options should be ok).

1a) Don't go overboard on colors, crazy fonts, borders, special effects, etc. It should be aesthetically pleasing, but too much can distract the reader, and after all, your work, pictures, and tables should be the center of attention. 2) Use images relevant to your poster content, dont over do it with lots of cutesy pictures. Images should be at least 150 DPI (maximum 300) and may be reduced, but not enlarged within PPT. If you try to make a small image larger you will not get a very good quality image (pixilated, blurry). 1b)Images taken from the web will not necessarily work well. I can help you make sure images ok.

2a)Also, not all figures and graphs from your paper will be appropriate. Keep the figures/graphs you do use simple and self-explanatory. Use guidelines provided in the handout. Colors used in your Tables or Graphs should compliment your overall poster color scheme. Also, there is no need to put St. Marys College logo on your poster! Logos are not very scientific and everyone at our poster session will know the SMC logonow, if you were presenting at an outside conference, thats a different story.

Working on your poster- Figures/Graphs Choosing graph types

Figure captions & Standard Error Bars

Colors and fill effects

Clear and meaningful labels12Using graphs is probably the best way to display your data/results when giving a presentation. The trick is to do it well. You should try a variety of different visual representations of your data before you settle on one to use for your presentation (bar chart vs. line graphs). Whichever one you choose should present your data in the clearest most straightforward way. Remember figure captions for your charts (figures do NOT have titles)! See Dr. Hiris guides to making graphs on Blackboard (some print copies here)no one should have an incorrect graph! 1) No three dimensional graphs for two-dimensional data. The flair makes it difficult to read. 2) No pie charts unless your data sum is 100%, use bar charts instead when presenting frequency data. 3) Line charts to show interactions or lack thereof. 4) Make sure to emphasize the categorical rather than continuous nature of your experimental or predicting conditions if in fact that is the case. 5) All graph backgrounds should be white and have black text. If you must add color, only do so for lines or bars in the body of the graph. Highly saturated blues work well, no reds and greens together (color blindness issue), no pale tans, yellows or grays. Use fill effects only for category differentiation if different solid colors will not suffice. 2 Categories: use contrasting solid colored bars. 3+ (see handout). Note: You can just cut & paste from Excel (see handout).

13Generally, empirical projects that involve data analysis are displayed best via poster. Here are a number of examples






Some lit review projects might also lend themselves to poster format.19

What we do not want to see!!!!20A Matter of TimingWhen do I begin?

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