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An illustrated poster is a presentation of the research problem, data, methods, results, discussion and conclusions displayed on a poster board. In addition, a short (3-5 minute) oral presentation will be given. The oral presentation is followed by one-on-one or small group discussion with audience members. All students who plan to graduate during a given semester and who chose this option will present their illustrated posters during the same scheduled time period. Department faculty will be in attendance to hear presentations, discuss posters one-on-one with students, and participate in evaluating students' work. Illustrated posters will be graded using a standard rubric. The rubric tells you the criteria used to evaluate your senior assignment; consequently, you are strongly encouraged to review this rubric prior to beginning your senior assignment project.
Effective posters marry good research with good visual display. They include clear, easily identifiable objectives, an appropriate size font, good graphics, and strong organization. Below are some websites that can help you plan your poster. Keep in mind that you will submit a draft of your poster mid-semester to ensure that you are on the right track.
Your faculty supervisor can give you advice on how to create, save, and print your poster. Below are some general guidelines to follow.
Creating Effective Poster Presentations (North Carolina State University)
Poster Perfect: How to Drive Home Your Science with a Visually Pleasing Poster (The Scientist Magazine)
Advice on Designing Scientific Posters (Department of Biology, Swarthmore College)
1. Drafts that do not follow these guidelines will be returned without further comment.
2. You cannot graduate until you have successfully completed your Senior Assignment.