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Conference Posters

Like a scientific talk, a poster focuses on the big picture of your research.  Stress what your research goals are and their significance.  Don’t worry if your project is still a work in progress, just state whatever results you have now and describe prospects for future work.  Leave out unnecessary details.  The poster should be a concise and self-explanatory presentation of your work.  After the conference it will be hung in the halls of Olin and Bodine for others to admire and learn about your research. 

The key to an effective poster is to use mostly visual information.  Build your poster around the photographs, graphs, and tables you need to tell your story.  Each such figure should have a concise caption that explains what you want the reader to get out of the figure. Many of the slides you developed for your talks can be adapted for use in your poster.

After you compose your poster you can print out the final copy at the Resource Lab in the basement of the Watzek library using the large-format printer.  Tell them to charge the printing fee to the “Rogers Science Program.”; they have a list of students in the program. Resource Lab summer hours (with the most available staff support) are M-F, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

Carefully proof-read your poster before printing it because the Rogers Program will cover the cost of only two large-format print outs.  Look over the posters in the halls of Olin and Bodine for ideas of how to format your own poster.  Talk to some of the veteran interns for tips on how to get the design you desire.

Your poster should not exceed 40 inches wide by 32 inches high, as that’s the size of the foam board you will pin it to.  After you hand in your poster we will have it laminated.

There is a lot of helpful advise on the web for how to make an effective poster.  See, for example,

I will leave it up to you to decide the best way to tell your story.  The basic elements that you need to consider are as follows:

  • TITLE.  Use a really big font so the title acts as a banner.
  • AUTHORS’ NAMES.  Students’ names should be followed by their expected year of graduation (for example, Lisa Simpson ”˜99); the project director’s name comes last after the students’ names.
  • AUTHORS’ AFFILIATION.  In most cases this will simply be Department of xxx, Lewis & Clark College.  Use the project director’s department.  For off-campus projects, list LC (for you) and the school or institution where you did the work.  Format the title, authors, and affiliation as a unified banner at the top of your poster.
  • INTRODUCTION.  Set the stage for the reader.
  • METHODS.  Brief; may be part of figure legends.
  • RESULTS.  Key figures that highlight your findings.
  • CONCLUSION.  Summary of results and their significance; future plans.
  • LITERATURE CITED.  If applicable.
  • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.  List funding sources for your project; for example, National Science Foundation grant number xxx, Research Corporation grant number xxx.  Ask your professor for the details.   Projects that receive support from the following foundations should list them as follows:
      Sherman Fairchild Foundation
      Howard Hughes Medical Institute
      James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation
    Every poster should acknowledge support from the John S. Rogers Science Research Program.

Your finished poster is meant to be viewed from a distance.  Use large type (at least 14-point, double-spaced) for the text and arrange the information so that the viewer’s eye travels naturally in the desired sequence.  If there is any chance for confusion, number the different sections sequentially.

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