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Instructions for Poster Presentations

Students can obtain materials for assembling their posters in the hallway of the third floor of Kostos Building starting Monday, April 8. Posters should be assembled on a bulletin board at this location and will be transported to Graham Building for set-up early Wednesday, on the morning of the Research Fair (Please do not take the bulletin boards away from this area). Students should also be present beside their posters for as much of the time during the event as possible to address questions and speak with judges.

There will not be a formal workshop on poster presentations but students are strongly advised to discuss the format with their advisors. Examples of the posters from the previous year's Research Fair are displayed on the third floor of Kostos Building through most of the year. Winning posters from the past year will be displayed near the poster building supplies as examples of effective poster presentations.

The general format for poster presentations is as follows. Students can use either full-size posters or nine-panel posters. Students and advisers can choose between the two formats as they see fit. Posters are attached to cork bulletin boards 4 feet wide by 3 feet high (provided by the Research Committee). The nine-panel "poster" should be presented in 9 sections, each a standard 8 1/2 inch high by 11 inch wide (landscape) sheet of paper (supplied by the student) attached to an 11 inch high by 14 inch wide sheet of blue poster board (provided by the Research Committee). Posters should only be assembled horizontally on the bulletin boards (not vertically) to accommodate our hanging system.

While the Research Committee feels that standardization of posters is preferable, they recognize that this format may not lend itself to projects from all academic disciplines. For this reason, the Research Committee has decided to allow for variation on the general format, as needed. Students who need special equipment (such as computer) will be accommodated to the best of our ability, but it is up to the student to make us aware of this need as soon as possible. It should be noted that a computer will NOT be allowed in the poster presentation unless it is actually necessary (such as projects that involve development of a computer program). Students may not use a computer simply to enhance the presentation of material that can be adequately displayed on the poster.

Students who wish to keep their projects are welcome to remove them from the cork boards (students cannot keep the cork boards - we re-use them each year) one week after the fair. We request that students not remove their posters immediately after the fair as we would typically like to display the posters in the Graham lobby for at least several days following the event to allow viewing by as many people as possible.