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Best practices for poster presentations for MHC Seminar 3.

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Presentation 1110 (1)

  2. 2. WHAT IS A (SOCIAL) SCIENTIFIC POSTER? <ul><li>A scientific poster is a large document that communicates your research through a combination of text, table/charts, and images. </li></ul><ul><li>A poster (vs. a talk) enables you to more personally interact with people who are interested in your research but, at the same time, does not require your presence. </li></ul><ul><li>What are the advantages and disadvantages of this medium? </li></ul>
  3. 3. EXAMPLE OF POSTERS <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Find an example of a poster that works well– what makes this poster effective? </li></ul><ul><li>Find an example of one that does not work as well– what makes this poster ineffective? </li></ul><ul><li>Special bonus game (!!!) </li></ul>
  4. 4. MECHANICS: SET UP YOUR SLIDE <ul><li>To begin a poster, make a new slide and </li></ul><ul><li>set your dimensions in Page Setup. </li></ul><ul><li>Make your slide 36”x48” (or </li></ul><ul><li>48”x36”). </li></ul>
  5. 5. MECHANICS: HOW TO SET UP YOUR SLIDE <ul><li>1. Open PowerPoint, select Blank Documents, and then PowerPoint Presentation; then select Blank. </li></ul><ul><li>2. In the top menu click on View and then Slide. (Normal view is unnecessary because the poster consists of a single slide.) </li></ul><ul><li>3. Go File > Page Setup…, then enter the width and height (36” x 48”) of the poster in inches. You will see an error message saying the page is larger than the printable size—that is fine, just click out of it. </li></ul>
  6. 6. MECHANICS: MAKE TEXT BOXES <ul><li>All textual info can be made in a text box. You can alter size and shape, and drag the boxes around the page by its edges. </li></ul><ul><li>The Formatting palette is the most useful. (View> Formatting Palette). </li></ul><ul><li>The font should be large enough for people to read (between 18 and 48 pt.) and the text should be as concise as possible. You don’t want a lot of text. </li></ul>
  7. 7. AVOIDING COMMON TEXT MISTAKES <ul><li>Make sure to keep the visual effect in mind– the poster should not be too dense (neither with images nor text). </li></ul><ul><li>Title should be in sentence case (not titlecase), and not too long. </li></ul><ul><li>Use italics or bold instead of underlining key text. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t use dark backgrounds. </li></ul><ul><li>Use alignment tool, don’t align by sight. (show example) </li></ul>
  8. 8. AVOIDING COMMON IMAGE MISTAKES <ul><li>Your poster will be very large, so use high-resolution images. A web image is only 72 dpi. Your images need to be at least 300 dpi. Take your own photos, or scan a hard copy. </li></ul><ul><li>It is always best to use your own photos! (Make sure your camera is set to take high-res pictures) </li></ul><ul><li>Cite your sources—do not plagiarize images. There are several places to find open-source images: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fotopedia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flickr (and look for creative commons licenses) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You can make charts and graphs in PPT or Excel. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create your own graphs using “shapes” in the PPT menu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Or present your data in Excel (save graph as image). </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. General Organization <ul><li>Introduction / Thesis </li></ul><ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>Methods </li></ul><ul><li>Results </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul><ul><li>Sources </li></ul>
  10. 11. Introduction / Thesis <ul><li>Introduction should (very) briefly present the topic. </li></ul><ul><li>The most important aspect of your introduction is to present your thesis (statement of problem or research question). </li></ul><ul><li>Thesis should be direct and succinct. </li></ul>
  11. 12. Introduction/ Thesis
  12. 13. Background <ul><li>Why does the problem matter? </li></ul><ul><li>Has anyone else looked at this problem? </li></ul><ul><li>What are some of the related findings? </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure to cite references. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Background
  14. 15. Methods and Data <ul><li>How are you answering your question, testing your hypothesis, or fulfilling your statement of purpose? </li></ul><ul><li>What data did you use for your study? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the methods you are using to analyze your data? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the drawbacks? </li></ul>
  15. 16. Data and Methods
  16. 17. Results <ul><li>What did you find? </li></ul><ul><li>This should be purely descriptive. </li></ul><ul><li>Pictures and charts are particularly important for this part. </li></ul><ul><li>You still want to describe your images. </li></ul><ul><li>Aside from thesis, this is the most important part. </li></ul>
  17. 18. Results
  18. 19. Conclusions <ul><li>Wrap it up </li></ul><ul><li>Do you accept or reject your hypothesis? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you answer your question? </li></ul>
  19. 20. Conclusions
  20. 21. Sources <ul><li>You must cite the sources of any images or sources you reference. </li></ul><ul><li>Posters are like papers and plagiarism rules apply. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow standard in-line citation procedures. For details see </li></ul>
  21. 22. Sources
  22. 23. Things To Keep in Mind <ul><li>You have no more than 10 minutes of someone’s attention </li></ul><ul><li>The more pictures the better </li></ul><ul><li>The less text the better </li></ul><ul><li>Leave lots of white space </li></ul><ul><li>Have a border </li></ul>