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Present a poster, practice communicating with community members, and get feedback from faculty experts


Any graduate student, postdoctoral associate, or faculty member is invited to submit an abstract for Brain Day. Presentation of a poster provides an opportunity for effective one-on-one communication. The longer presentation time of the poster session enables scientists to present a more in-depth description and discussion of their work.

To make a successful poster presentation:


1. Each poster presenter is assigned a six foot (1.8 m) wide by four foot (1.2 m) high poster board to use for presentation.


2. Your poster must be designed to fit within the confines of the poster board and consist of materials that can be mounted easily with push pins.

3. Your poster must correspond to the title and content of the abstract you submitted.


4. Plan your poster to be in logical sequence, i.e. introduction, study design and methods, data collected, conclusion.

5. Posters should be designed for clear viewing from a distance of beyond 3' so that they can be viewed by a number of people at the same time.

6. All posters must include a short description (1-3 sentences) of the research in lay terms in order to engage attendees who may be of a general audience without a scientific background. If you do not wish to include this section as a permanent print on your poster, it may be a separate entity that is tacked to the board alongside your poster.

7. Remove your poster immediately at the designated poster session close time.

Best Poster Awards

Graduate students and postdoctoral associates are eligible for Best Poster Awards for outstanding research. Two winners will be selected per session; one from each category.

1. Posters that do not adhere to the formatting guidelines will not be considered for this prize.


2. Posters will be judged for these prizes only if the first author is a graduate student or postdoctoral associate.


The posters will be evaluated by a faculty committee on site at Brain Day. Winners will be announced within the week following Brain Day.

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