Poster submissions are an excellent way to begin presenting at conferences. While posters require time to organize and incur publication costs, these are both minimal. Posters enable residents to practice their presentation skills with individuals or small groups that have questions during poster times. The steps for developing a conference poster are outlined below.
Each conference has its own poster submission application process. Be aware of deadlines. Make sure you supply all required information. Applying for the right conference based on your research topic will help ensure that you are successful in being selected to present your poster. Presenting your research has many benefits. It will help you:
Within your field, talk to experienced faculty or chief residents to find the best conference to attend. This should be a well-attended conference with a theme or topics that align with your project. Check previous conference sites to determine what kind of abstract topics are usually accepted and if your research will appeal to the conference reviewers and audience. Check with your program to determine if your department has any money for travel and/or research travel grant options. You will also need to be mindful of your rotation schedule and will need to request leave for the conference presentation.
Once your poster submission has been accepted, you will begin to organize your research using a poster template. If the conference has specific requirements including acceptable size of poster, you will need to use those requirement for the design of your poster. Additionally, check with your program or department for poster templates that you could use. Posters are usually created in an enlarged Power Point presentation slide, though other programs can be used. Listed below are basic poster templates that you may use if you do not have specific requirements.
- includes a link to the UAMS branding guide and logos.
* Most conferences will provide a maximum size based on the size of the poster boards they have available. You do not want your poster to be too big or too small as this will distract from your information. Resizing posters is time-consuming, so ensure a correctly sized poster at the start.
The next step is designing your poster. With your chosen template from above, this is something that can be done in the weeks before your conference. Just be sure to leave enough time for others to proofread your poster, for edits/correction to be made, and for printing of final draft of poster.
Start at the top with your institutional logo, title, author names and funding source, if applicable. The title should be large enough to be read from 10 feet away. Depending on your poster size, you will want to use 36-48 point font size for your title and 24 point font for author name.
Lay out the sections of your abstract starting on the top left with the Introduction, Objective/Hypothesis and Methods, then Results in the center section and Conclusions and Acknowledgements/ References on right side (as shown in sample photo). Make section headers noticeable and the text at least 24 point font. It seems really big on your screen, but will look small on the printed poster.
Posters can be printed on paper and rolled to place in a tube for shipment or carry on a flight, or they can be printed on fabric which can be folded for easy travel and requires simple ironing to make presentable. Allow at least 5 days to a week for the printing of your poster. Check with the company that will print your poster for any specifics that they will require such as size of poster, desired file type (PowerPoint, etc.), type of poster material (paper or fabric) and preferred file type for images (jpeg, etc.). Some companies will offer discounts to students and will ship your poster to your conference for an additional fee. However, you will need to obtain the shipping address of the conference hotel and inquire as to any costs they may charge for receiving and storing your materials.
- UAMS Creative services offers reasonable rates for those on the UAMS Little Rock Campus. Posters can be printed on paper or fabric.
- ACH Business Solutions can handle online requests for those located on the ACH campus.
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