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Posters, Presentations & Science Writing: Prepare

use this guide to create a successful science poster presentation.

Parts of a poster:

Key parts of a science poster: Title | Introduction | Materials & Methods | Results | Conclusion | Questions | Future, will vary according to subject, audience and requirements.

Follow a template. (Divan, 2009; Hofmann, 2010)

TITLE
Good titles are CLEAR & capture the essence of the research topic, approach, and results.
Include authors' names, institutions, and contact details.

INTRODUCTION
State your research question & objectives clearly.  Be brief.
Provide the topic background - particularly, how your research fits into the context.
Give an overview and a justification of your experimental methods.

MATERIALS & METHODS
Explain your experimental procedures with illustrations like flow charts or reaction diagrams.

RESULTS
Most of your content will be in this section. Use photographs, figures, graphs, and tables when possible.

CONCLUSION
Summarize the main findings and provide interpretations.

FURTHER QUESTIONS / FUTURE RESEARCH
Offer suggestions for future exploration.

REFERENCES
INCLUDE reference citations to the scientific literature used.
Here’s a quick guide on preparing citations in the American Chemical Society style: http://tinyurl.com/263l2v8

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS (optional)
Thank others for their research assistance, funding, supervision, or other contributions.

Further information (optional)
For example, URLs to supplementary materials.

Handouts

PREPARE A HANDOUT:
Allows your audience to review your research after the presentation.
Try printing your poster in miniature.
The other side of your handout may provide research details and your contact information.

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