Presentation FAQs

Poster Slam Competition

A Poster Slam is an epic conference event where poster presenters (aka “slammers”) compete with short talks on their research. Short talks are limited to 2 minutes per slammer and can include anything the slammer wants—the more creative, the better!

When is the Poster Slam?

  • The Poster Slam will occur during the Welcome Reception on Friday, April 7th, 2017. You don’t want to miss this amazing event. It’s guaranteed to be a highlight of the 2017 Future of Food and Nutrition Graduate Student Research Conference!

Why should I participate in the Poster Slam?

  • We highly recommend slamming. Conference attendees will think you’re awesome, and you’ll get an opportunity like no other to promote your great research. Plus, there will be prize(s) for the best slam(s)!

If I am presenting a poster at the conference, am I automatically in the Poster Slam?

  • No. All poster presenters can opt-in to participate in the Poster Slam. Conference staff will be in touch with accepted poster presenters to sign up.

Poster Slam tips:

  • Slammers are encouraged to be creative. Tell us how your poster will blow us away! Each Slammer is allowed to have one PowerPoint slide as a visual (please do not put your entire poster on the slide). As you prepare, try to think about the following questions:
  1. Why is your topic or discipline important to address?
  2. What is innovative about your research?
  3. What is your coolest and most unexpected result?

Please email studentconference@tufts.edu with any questions!

Oral Presentations

How long should the oral presentation last?

  • Presentations should not extend beyond 15 minutes. After all the presenters in the session have presented, there will be 15 minutes for questions for all of the presenters.

In what format should my PowerPoint presentation be?

  • If using PowerPoint, be prepared to run it on a PC.

What should my presentation include?

  • Begin with an overview of the presentation – including background about the research, discuss your research (methods, results, discussion), summarize main points (conclusion, application).

Poster Presentations

What size should my poster be?  When can I set it up?

  • Posters size is up to the discretion of the presenter. There is enough board space for 3′ x 4′.

When can I set up my poster?

  • Poster can be set up on the morning of the conference, between 8:30 – 9:00am. Otherwise, please locate one of the conference committee members and we will be happy to assist you.

Do I need to bring tacks?

  • No, we will provide binder clips for you.

How should I design my poster?

  • Organize in sequential manner (numbering may help) so readers can easily navigate. Organizing in columns, rather than rows, helps keep reader’s attention.
  • Include background, methods, results, and discussion, conclusions, and/or application. Abstract can also be included if space permits.
  • In using text: avoid overloading the poster, use an active voice, keep sentences short and simple – use visuals where possible (pictures, graphics).
  • Title should be readable from 12 feet away and the text from 6 feet away. Double space and left justify text for easy reading. Suggested font sizes: title: 72-120; subtitle: 48-80; section headings 36-72; content 24-48; keep one font for all content. Fonts lacking embellishment are easiest to read.
  • For emphasis, background color should contrast with text/graphics. Pastels have been shown to work best for easy reading.
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