Biology 4890 Poster Session Instructions


Students are requested to use one of the two poster formats prepared by the Seminar Committee.  Two easy-to-fill in, already formatted, examples are provided via the Biology web page under “Research Opportunities”.

Students should place their content in one of the files provided and click ‘Save As’ and name the file beginning with their last name.  The blue boxes in the example are graphics areas (sizes) and should be deleted; the student’s graphics should fit in this sized space in those locations.

Printing: Instructions to follow soon, but the deadline for file submission in fall semesters will likely be just prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday break.

Exceptions: We would like these guidelines to be respected as much as possible. Exceptions can be made for posters that the students have already presented or will be presenting in a conference.  In this case, students should indicate the meeting name, dates, and venue on an 8.5 x 11 in sheet of paper beside the poster.

Size: It is strongly recommended that you use the available formats created in Power Point to ensure that the poster has a vertical page orientation and that its size is 24×36 inches. By simply adding your content to the available Power Point files, you will ensure that your poster matches the format and size of one of the examples.

To set up custom sizes in Power Point, go to FILE, select PAGE SETUP, scroll down to “custom”, set width to 24 in and height to 36 in. Verify that the “slide orientation” is vertical by clicking on the corresponding image. Click OK.

The ideal poster should be able to be read easily by a person standing ~ 5 feet away. You must use either Arial or Palatino fonts.  You must leave at least a 1.5 in margin around contents of the poster. Avoid colors that make reading the text or understanding the graphs difficult (e.g. green writing on red background, etc.). We recommend black text on white background. Do not crowd text boxes. Leave spaces between bulleted paragraphs.

TITLE box:
Title (Arial; 54-72 points),
Names of the student and supervisor (Arial; 36-44 points)
Affiliation: Biology Department, Georgia Southern University (24 points)

INTRODUCTION box: Text size no smaller than 24 points.
Bulleted text (max. 7 bullets). Example: background information (2 bullets), statement of problems (2 bullets), stated questions or hypotheses (2 bullet), objectives or goals (1 bullet).

METHODS box: Text no smaller than 24 points.
Bulleted text (max. 5 bullets with 1-3 lines/bullet): limit methods description to essential steps.

RESULT box(es): Text no smaller than 24 points.
Graphics and images should fit in the blue boxes (see examples below). These boxes can be used at the student’s discretion as long as text and graphics are kept within the prescribed margins. Results can either include a written bulleted section (max 7 bullets) separated from captioned graphics/images, or result descriptions written directly below the corresponding graphics/images within the blue boxes.

CONCLUSION box: Text no smaller than 24 points
Bulleted text (max. 3 bullets, 2-3 lines/bullet). Conclusions should be to the point and should directly address the questions and/or hypotheses presented in the introductory paragraph. A critical assessment of the work is recommended.

LITERATURE CITED box: In-text citations should be numbers in parentheses: do not write (Jackson et al., 1992) in the text, but refer to the corresponding number in the alphabetical reference list (e.g. “…photosynthesis declined. (3)”  Reference 3 would be Jackson et al., 1992).  Reference list: Text no smaller than 12-14. No more than five, numbered references listed in the order in which they are cited

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS box: Text no smaller than 12-14
Acknowledge other people involved in the study but not mentioned among coauthors and funding sources.


Last updated: 1/29/2017

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