How Can We Know? Co-creating Knowledge in Perilous Times
Poster presentations at the IRAS 2016 Summer Conference accommodate and broaden the participation of scholars who can contribute to the conference theme. Poster presentations are personal summaries of papers on publicly displayed poster boards, and include on-site question-and-answer sessions, information exchanges with peers and colleagues, and generation of new ideas regarding your particular research.
During your poster session, you must be available for questions from and discussions with conferees. Posters will be accessible to conferees for at least three days. Presenters will also be formally assigned at least three hours for interactions with conferees.
Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are eligible to receive one of two poster awards, described below.
TO PROPOSE A POSTER PRESENTATION please (1) register for the conference, and (2) provide the following information by email to Sol Katz. The deadline for applications is April 18, 2016, although we encourage earlier application. Following peer review, we expect to notify applicants as early as possible during the month of April 2016. (If your poster is not accepted, you can have your IRAS registration costs refunded upon request).
4. Phone number (home and cell)
5. Title of poster project
6. Abstract (up to 250 words)
7. Biosketch (up to 250 words)
8.Whether you are applying for an Emerging New Scholar Award (yes or no)
Two Emerging New Scholar Awards may be awarded after the posters are presented at the Conference, one for the best student presentation (the Eugene D'Aquili Graduate Student Award) and another for the most outstanding contribution by a postdoctoral scholar (the Ralph Burhoe Postdoctoral Fellow Award). For more information click on Distinguished Poster Session Awards below.
Distinguished Poster Session Awards.pdf
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ACCEPTED PRESENTATIONS
In contrast to a paper, a poster presents to other conferees only the most important information from your investigation. If available, bring copies of your original paper; in any case, prepare handouts that highlight the key points of your research. The typical elements of your poster are as follows:
(1) Title: Attractive, simple, and readable from 20 feet away.
(2) Author(s): Use first names and middle initials if space permits; include institution(s), department(s), location and country.
(3) Abstract: as modified from your submitted abstract to reflect further progress. Follow Zygon guidelines. Identify the topic, how you are studying it, and any variables. Identify questions and hypotheses. State your findings.
(4) Introduction: Follow Zygon guidelines for style. Focus on questions raised and answered by previous research, the question you are asking, the rationale for asking it, and the methods you are using, if relevant. Present only the basics – your audience is trying to understand your thesis and the results you have obtained, including the experimental design, where relevant.
(5) Methods or Approach: Identify, for example, your overall approach and/or the demographics of your subjects, your measurements and tests used in your experiments and other information that is appropriate to the discipline(s) you represent.
(6) Data/Results/Analyses: Use tables, charts, pictures and graphs whenever helpful, including descriptive labels for each graphic/visual element. Include brief descriptions of all graphics, interpretations of all data and brief discussions.
(7) Conclusions: Be concise and clear. Highlight what you have found and its importance, including parallels and discrepancies with previous research, scholarship, and theory. If pertinent, include directions for future research and scholarship.
(8) Acknowledgments: Briefly identify professionals and research assistants outside of your research group who contributed to the study. Note: this section is not a requirement.
(9) References: Follow the Zygon format.
A Guide to Poster Layout
Banner: Title, author(s) and institution(s)
Graphics and visuals
Body of paper (introduction, methods)
Acknowledgments and references
Employ a standard 4 x 7 foot layout with distinct section headings. Organize materials in either a columnar or counterclockwise fashion. Align sections along vertical and horizontal lines without cramming. Use consistent spacing between the various elements of your poster.
Use the same font style throughout the poster. The title must be readable from 20 feet away. The body should be readable from 6 feet away. San serif fonts are often easier to read. Avoid italics, which are typically harder to read. Add emphasis with bold, underline or color.
Used effectively, color is a good method for attracting people to your poster. If you use color, use a color set of two or three colors in a consistent pattern. Use contrasting colors for readability and a professional look.
Printed material (text and graphics/visuals) can be mounted on single sheets, either pasted or tacked onto a colored background, thus creating a border/frame. Printed materials can alternatively be loaded into a program such as Power Point and then printed out as a single large poster.
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