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The Art of Effective Poster Presentations:

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What is the purpose of a Poster Presentation?
Right, you are to present your research work as posters. What do you do? Panic? What are posters anyway? Surely you have posters of sports stars or musicians. No, those are not the kind of posters we are referring to although the purpose is similar. We are concerned with the use of posters to present origi9nal academic analysis, not just images and/or content cut & pasted from Wikipedia.

A poster is simply a static, visual medium (usually of the tri-fold board variety) that you use to communicate ideas and messages; that allows a platform from which to demonstrate your critical thinking. The difference between poster and oral presentations is that you should let your poster do most of the 'talking'; that is, the material presented should convey the essence of your message. However, that does not mean that you can disappear to the cafeteria. You have to 'stand-by-your-poster'! Your task as the presenter is to answer questions and provide further details; to bask in praises or suffer difficult questions; and to convince others that what you have done is excellent and worthwhile.

Does your poster clearly and logically develop an idea and can a viewer understand that idea…it is NOT just information randomly pasted to a board.

Guidelines for the Creation of Your Poster Presentation:
Below you will find multiple links to academic websites which outline the process of creating formal poster presentations. Most highlight the goals of this information delivery method and walk the user step-by-step through the entire creation process. Of particular interest are the sections detailing effective poster organization. Good luck on your projects.

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