Poster presentation guidelines

Details regarding poster design, presentation, and judging

Poster design

You will have one poster board and easel on which you will place your poster.  The space of the actual board measures 40” x 60,” and we will have push pins available for your use although it wouldn’t hurt to bring a few of your own in case we run out.  Your poster does not have to be these exact dimensions, but just remember that if you have a giant poster, you might need to support the edges so that they will be visible.  We also recommend that your smallest font be no smaller than 16 point. You may use the logos available in the "UNC School of Medicine Logos" folder on your poster.

Poster printing

Here are some options for poster printing. Many students have their poster printed using funding from their principal investigators.

- Lineberger Cancer Center Digital Imaging Facility (on first floor), $11 per linear foot for cancer center members, $22 per linear foot for non-members. http://unclineberger.org/dif/posters

- Kinkos on Franklin Street.

www.phdposters.com - an affordable and high-quality option that has been recommended by some of our PhDs. Posters can be picked up at various locations on campus, including the Health Sciences Library.

Poster presentation

Suits are required dress for all presenters.  Women who do not have a suit should wear something appropriate for a medical school or residency interview.

You can set up your poster at your assigned poster board on the morning of Student Research Day. Register at the check-in table prior to setting up your poster, and a JBG representative will assist you.

You should plan to be at or near your poster during the entire poster session so that you can present it to the judges and to attendees.

You must take your poster down at the end of the poster session.  We cannot guarantee the safety of any posters remaining after this time as we must clean and vacate the premises.

To be inducted into the society, you are expected to attend the Landes-Merrimon keynote lecture in the Old Clinic Auditorium. There will be refreshments provided starting 15-20 minutes prior.

Poster judging

Judges will select the best presentation in each category to receive either a Pillsbury or Kuno award.

You will be evaluated by three groups of judges (usually 1 faculty and 1 student) during the poster session.  When the judging group approaches your poster, you will have 8 minutes to present your poster and answer questions posed by the judges.  We recommend that you prepare a 5-minute presentation of your poster, leaving 3 minutes for questions and answers; however, be aware that questions may be asked at any time during your 8 minute session.  There will also be a JBG volunteer present who will let you know when you have one minute remaining out of your 8-minute time.

The judges will be evaluating based on the following criteria.

- Clarity and effectiveness of poster presentation

- Explanation of study design, data, results, and conclusions

- Knowledge of research topic

- Quality of research performed

- Ability to answer questions

- Applications for future research

- Aesthetic quality of presentation