The poster session is currently plannned for Saturday after
lunch. We will provide poster board and an easel upon which to
display your poster. More information will be distributed to poster
presenters as the conference approaches.
(inspired by various
Society for Political Methodology poster sessions.)
of you are veterans of poster sessions, but other may not be. All of
you will be interested to hear more about your
responsibilities for the meeting. We are going to have a "poster
session" for you to present your research. Now for the details.
What is a "poster"? Oddly
sessions are a normal component of natural science conferences, and
they are actually the vehicle through which an overwhelming proportion
of information is passed during those meetings. So, don't be surprised
if this is a presentation format you are not accustomed to.
What should you present? For
students far along
on their dissertation, this is an opportunity to get members of the
methods section to review your thesis work. For others this is a chance
to get an enormous amount of feedback on future conference, working, or
late-stage papers, research and grant proposals, as well as new ideas
that might potentially become part of a dissertation or research
project. Given that the topic has already been submitted as part of
your application and approved by the program committee, the question is
really what part of this research will prove to be the most useful as a
poster in this setting. In general, the audience will be interested in
your general research topic. No matter what is presented, don't be
highlight areas that are not totally worked out, since this is exactly
where you might get the most benefit from feedback.
In all cases, your poster should have a title, an abstract,
and whatever additional information is useful to get across to us what
your research involves. That can be short pieces of text, brief
discussion of the theoretical background or lists of hypotheses you are
testing, and tables or graphs. Keep it simple, but make sure your
poster gets your research across in a brief and effective manner. You
might prepare a short (five to ten minute) verbal presentation which
you can give to people who want to be "talked" through your research.
The amount of feedback you will generate will be directly proportionate
to how effectively you present your work in your poster.
How is the session structured?
You should bring your poster to
the session at
least 15 minutes before the start of your session and set it
pinning it to posterboard and placing it on
an easel.The session
traditionally takes the form of an informal reception. Participants
will circulate and look at the posters. The session
is informal; however, you should be available near your poster so
participants can have the opportunity to stop by and talk with you
about your work. After the session ends, you may take your poster down.
Again, this is not meant to be a high-stress affair. The
participants at SPPC have long expressed a great
deal of interest in getting to know the other participants better, both
personally and intellectually. The poster session helps us all meet
design of the poster. A
good poster is seldom constructed from filling the posterboard with
standard 8.5 by 11 inch printouts. We strongly suggest designing and
producing the poster as a poster. The following provide helpful advice
about structuring and organizing a good poster.
For more information. If you
have any other questions about the poster session, do not hesitate to
Graduate students who wish
to attend are strongly encouraged to
poster proposal. Proposals will require a title and an abstract. More
submissions are available through the application
Department of Political
Science, The University of Iowa, 341
Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1498
Phone: 319-335-2358 Fax: 319-335-3400