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Abstract and Poster Guidelines

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All students who want to present a poster at the symposium must submit an abstract. The abstract must be submitted as an MS Word document in accordance with the guidelines provided (see below). 

Abstract Guidelines

You will have a total of 2500 characters (not words) to state the information for your abstract.The abstract should be comprised of the following sequential items of information: 

A. the title of the research project

B. a statement of the hypothesis that was tested or the purpose (objective) of the research

C. a brief statement of materials and methods

D. a summary of the most pertinent, significant results

E. conclusions derived from the presented data. DO NOT state, "The...results will be discussed."

F. All abbreviations must be defined in full when first used; place abbreviation in parentheses immediately following the definition.

Poster Presentation

Poster panels have a display area of 57"w by 36"h. Only Velcro may be used to secure posters to the display panels. Velcro will be provided.

Click here for instructions for creating a poster in PowerPoint and check out this page for helpful design tips.

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Posters will be judged according to the following criteria.

1) Background/Significance of problem: Is the background sufficient to explain the problem? Is the significance of the problem and impact to science clearly stated?

2) Experimental Design: Are the objectives well stated? Do the experiments address stated objectives and are they well planned/executed?

3) Results & Conclusions: Are the results significant, original, and statistically sound? Are conclusions appropriate to the results and design of the experiment? Does over or under generalization occur?

4) Presentation: Does the poster describe the research in a logical and concise manner? Is the poster clear and easily interpreted? Does the presenter display knowledge and understanding of the project?


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This page last updated 21st Aug 2013