Each semester, the STEM Conference provides a venue for student researchers to showcase their interests and research projects on topics such as hurricane impact on coral reefs, development of soil microbial communities of soil, art and science, and protein modeling. The event draws hundreds of presenters and is a platform for students to connect technical skills of STEM research with the soft skills essential to today’s work place. We invite you to join us this semester to (1) network, (2) gain self-confidence, and (3) become an active participant in the scientific process.
2020 Spring STEM Conference
The Spring 2020 STEM Conference filled the fifth floor of the Natural Science Center at GSU with energetic students showcasing research projects and interests on a diverse array of topics including impacts of hurricanes in the Caribbean, development of an application to match optimize marketing, microbial communities of soil, and 3-D modeling of interactions between herbicide and plant proteins. Over two hundred fifty student presenters participated in the event. Among them, undergraduate researchers in the Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) Initiative highlighted gains in collaboration, leadership, professionalism, and career management competencies through a reflective component on the poster. Each semester, the Office of STEM Education Initiatives and the Undergraduate STEM Research Society co-host this event as a supportive environment to connect the technical skills of STEM research with the soft skills essential to today’s work place.
2020 Fall STEM Conference
The Office STEM Initiatives invites undergraduates to present posters showcasing research or research ideas at the 2020 Fall STEM Conference on March 27, 2020.
The deadline to register is March 25, 2020 at 5pm.
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).
There is no cost to attend or present. Complete the registration form.
For more information, contact the Undergraduate STEM Research Society (firstname.lastname@example.org).
1pm – 4pm
Atlanta, GA 30303
QUESTIONS ABOUT PREPARING A POSTER? Keep reading…
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.