STEM Conference

2018 Fall STEM Conference

The Office STEM Initiatives invites undergraduates to present posters showcasing research or research ideas at the 2018 Fall STEM Conference Friday. October 26th. 

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 October 26th 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).

For more information, contact the Undergraduate STEM Research Society (

2018 Spring STEM Conference

At the STEM Research Conference on Friday, March 30, over 200 student authors presented posters over a wide range of topics including biochemistry, psychology, and animal behavior. Many of the research posters were products of course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs), including posters from some of our newest CUREs in Computer Science and Biology. Student researchers in Dr. Jon Sylvester’s CURE presented their findings on embryological development of fish, and the STEM Conference provided them a forum to prepare for GSURC2018 where their work earned both a 1st place award and the Provost’s Award! Associate Dean Sarah Cook and Dr. Chris Goode announced that Estera Maxim had won an Honorable Mention from the Goldwater Scholarship Program.



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.