BIOL8291: Research Presentation Skills

BIOL8291: Research Presentation SkillsPoster presentation of your scientific paper(25%: 15% Poster Mark, 10% Oral Presentation/Question session)Convert the relevant aspects of your scientific paper into a scientific poster format. Thisposter should be a brief summary of the research in your own words.Instructions to create a conference style poster using PowerPoint will be described in atutorial and then provided on Wattle.As with the other assignments, your target audience is a group of biologists who are notexperts in the field of research specific to your paper. You will be marked on the clarity ofyour poster and how well you convey the main findings and significance of your scientificpaper. We need to understand why the research was conducted, what the authors wanted toachieve, what experimental approaches were used, what they found, and how the findings arerelevant to the area of research and the bigger picture.Words are limited on a poster, so the key ideas must be identified and transmitted briefly,clearly, and effectively. Use figures, tables, graphs, and diagrams where possible to supportyour explanations. Avoid using unnecessary jargon and detail. You are expected to useseveral in-text references throughout the poster.POSTER SYMPOSIUMAll posters will be displayed together in a large seminar room. You will stand by your posterand present an informal ~5 min explanation of the research to markers and spend another ~5minutes answering their questions/having a conversation with the marker. Your explanationshould focus on telling the story of the research, focusing on the most interesting results andthe significance of the research.PREPARING FOR THE SYMPOSIUMThe PDF file of your poster must be submitted to Wattle by the given due date (about a weekbefore the symposium). This due date is NOT flexible, as we have to submit the files to beprinted, which takes some time. If you do not submit your poster on time, you will get a0% for the assignment.BIOL8291: Research Presentation SkillsHere are some helpful guidelines to follow for your posters:• All posters need to be in PORTRAIT orientation.• Read through the document “Instructions for A1 Poster Template setup” on Wattle, whichdescribes how to make an A1 size poster via Powerpoint (i.e., correct dimensions,suggested font sizes, etc.).• Use headings: Introduction, Research Question (and/or Hypotheses / Aims), Methods,Results, Discussion, and References.• Your title should be the EXACT title of your paper with all of the authors, journal, year,etc. (Harvard Style format).• Please write YOUR NAME at the bottom of the poster. You can write something like“Poster created and presented by Rachael Remington u5555555”• You may use footnotes (1, 2, 3, etc.) for the in-text references of your poster. Make sureyou have a reference list at the end with the complete references associated with thenumbers in Harvard Style format (this can be very small font at the bottom of the poster).• READ through the POSTER marking rubric to make sure you have included all points.• You are presenting the relevant information about SOME of the research described inyour scientific paper. You do not need to present ALL research or every experiment.Choose the results that best answer the research question and tell the story of thisresearch.o If your paper has several experiments and figures, you need to choose just a fewexperiments that highlight the questions/aims of the research. You can do this bypresenting your big research question, but only presenting one or twohypotheses/aims. You can write “One of the hypotheses addressed in this researchwas…”. It is better to clearly present a few experiments of the research than toinsufficiently present every experiment in your paper. Remember, a poster ishighlighting a “small amount” of research vs. a paper manuscript, which containsall experimental details.• Make sure figures are presented in high quality (zoom in as much as possible beforetaking a screen shot, and check the journal website for downloadable copies of thefigures).o As with the JC presentation, you will likely need to edit the labels and legends tomatch your simplified explanations. You will also need to write your own, shortfigure captions.• When writing and talking, do not use “we” or “our” in your explanations. Instead, uselanguage such as “the researchers of this project hypothesized…”• Oral explanation of your poster during the poster symposium: Make sure you first brieflydescribe what the research is, the question and the aims, then spend more time on thenovel/interesting results, and finish with the significance. You should spend most of thetime explaining the results, using figures that are clearly labelled with the main messages.