UR Guidelines by HC120929171753


									                   2011 Pennsylvania Historical Association Annual Meeting
                     University of Pittsburgh – Johnstown, October 13-15

                                  Undergraduate Research Poster Session
Congratulations again on your acceptance to present your research at the 2011 Pennsylvania Historical
Association Annual Meeting. The PHA is a scholarly organization devoted to promoting academic and
public interest in the history of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region. The goal of this poster session
is to introduce the next generation of scholars and teachers to the best practices of the profession, while
providing models for collaborative faculty-student research. The session also provides an opportunity for
young scholars to gain professional experience, network with their peers, and showcase their work to an
informed audience. The poster session will take place during the afternoon of Friday, October 14 and the
morning of Saturday, October 15. The Saturday session will be followed from by a roundtable discussion
with student researchers and their faculty mentors on best practices for collaborative research. More
information about the time and location of these sessions will be available by the end of September.
Questions may be directed to the session organizer, Dr. Allen Dieterich-Ward at

                                       Poster Presentation Guidelines
Your research presentation should consist of three components: you, your poster, and at least one printed
copy of the paper on which you based your poster so that interested audience members may read it if they
wish. Each of these components provides an essential way of conveying your scholarship to the audience.
Be sure to dress appropriately and carry yourself in a professional manner. If you are not able to attend
the full session, let the conference organizers know as far in advance as possible and make arrangements
for your poster and written paper to be available even if you cannot.

Suggested Poster Types:
   1. Your poster can be a single document that is printed on a large format printer and mounted on a
      rigid poster display board (see below for example).1 Your poster should not exceed 36” x 42.”
      Your campus should have a large format printer somewhere at either a centralized media services
      location or at an individual department (Geography Department, for example). Alternately, you
      should be able to find a large format printer at an off-campus copier for a small charge. Consult
      with your faculty mentor if you cannot locate a suitable printing option.
   2. Your poster can be a series of text blocks and photos and/or figures, individually printed and
      mounted on a poster display board. If you choose this option, clearly your poster should be held
      to high professional standards. All captions and text should be typed and carefully edited. Figures
      should be computer-generated. Images/photographs should be of high quality with original
      sources properly cited.

                            A corrugated cardboard poster display board, such as the one pictured here,
                            costs between $7 and $8 at an office supply store.

1Note that you may choose to either use a trifold board or a flat display board. We will have tables
and easels that can accommodate either presentation format.
No matter which format you choose, try to emphasize images, maps and/or graphs and minimize text.
Text should be large so that it can be viewed from 3 to 5 feet away. An excellent website that discusses
how to create good research posters is Hess (NC State University), Togney (University of Miami) and
Liegel’s (Oregon State University) page, “Creating Effective Poster Presentations,” at
http://www.ncsu.edu/project/posters/NewSite/. On this website, you will find easy-to-read tips for poster
design and presentation, PowerPoint tips, and examples of good and bad posters. This page from the
University of Pennsylvania has a few research posters by History students that might also be useful
examples http://www.college.upenn.edu/research/posters08.php

While your posters are not being formally judged, this is an opportunity for you to impress potential
academic employers and graduate school advisors with the breadth of your knowledge and your scholarly
skills. Consider the attached evaluation criteria while designing your research presentation. You should
also discuss with your faculty mentor the possibility of displaying your poster and presenting your
research at your own institution in advance of the PHA poster session. This will provide an opportunity
to solicit feedback from faculty and fellow students and make adjustments to your poster before attending
the conference.

                                       Poster Evaluation Criteria
                Characteristic                 Inadequate     Poor Average       Good      Excellent
                                                   (1)         (2)   (3)          (4)        (5)
    Display attracts viewer’s attention
    Words are easy to read from an
    appropriate distance (3 to 5 feet)
    Poster is well-organized and easy to
    Graphics and other visuals enhance
    The poster is neat and visually
    There is a good balance between text
    and graphics
    There is enough white space so the
    poster is not a solid mass of text and
    Topic is clearly presented
    Content is clear and easy to understand
    Important terms/concepts defined
    Demonstrates a sound understanding of
    Conclusions are stated clearly
    Poster is free of unnecessary detail
    Title and author(s) are clear
    Key references/citations are included

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