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Fall STEM Conference

The Office STEM Initiatives invites undergraduates to present posters showcasing research or research ideas at the 2017 Fall STEM Conference on October 27, 2017 from 1-4 PM on the 5th floor of the Natural Science Center.

This event will be attended by faculty and students who come to learn about your work, provide feedback, and help you develop professionally. We welcome poster presentations not only from current research projects but also posters that describe a research project you would like to pursue here at Georgia State. Feel free to adapt this PowerPoint poster template we made to make your participation even easier. (see note below for more on formatting your poster) Join us on March 31 for an opportunity to (1) network, (2) gain self-confidence, and (3) become an active participant in the scientific process!

There is no cost to attend or present. Complete the registration form (available here) before 11 AM on Wednesday, October 25.

For more information, contact the Undergraduate STEM Research Society (


Do I have to use the template you’ve provided on the website? I’ve heard that I can present 12 slides, but the template you provide is only 4 slides. Is this a problem? What format is required? Do I have to use PowerPoint? Why should I use PowerPoint if this is a poster? Isn’t PowerPoint for oral presentations?

The template represents one way to structure your poster. The suggestion that you prepare 12 powerpoint slides is an alternative. You can use whatever form you desire – we simply provide resources that you could consider using if you desire. Do not worry about templates but rather focus on (1) content and (2) pleasing design/display. This is an informal opportunity to get feedback and network with others in the STEM departments here at GSU.

Posters are often prepared in PowerPoint because PowerPoint allows easy movement of text boxes, images, and figures. PowerPoint is not the only software tool available, but it is the most frequently used. There are several ways to use PowerPoint to create a printed poster. At scientific conferences, a poster consists of a single slide (generally a PowerPoint slide that is 48” by 36” in size) that is printed on a very large printer. These are quite costly to print, so we are suggesting that conference attenders take a different approach in which you develop multiple slides in PowerPoint at a normal size and print out each slide as a single page. These then can be individually pinned to a board in the hallway in NSC.

How many pages/slides do you need? It really depends on how much information you want and how much information you need to show. Dr. Dixon suggests using a series of 12 printed slides on regular paper. Dr. Ulrich posted the shorter template that you’ve seen online. After making each “slide”, you print them out and arrange them on the board as desired.