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All CMRC graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows and research staff (i.e. research associates, research assistants, research technicians etc) are invited to submit an abstract.  


Abstracts are due by Friday July 31st, 2009. Late submissions will not be accepted. From the abstracts received, a limited number will be selected for oral presentations. Oral presenters will be notified by Monday August 17th, 2009. 


Awards will be given for the best poster presentations. Guidelines for writing a meaningful abstract and developing a winning poster are presented by George Hess, Kathryn Tosney, and Leon Liegel in “Creating Effective Poster Presentations: Present Your Poster” here.


For convenience, some of these guidelines are rewritten here. Please note that greater detail, descriptions, and examples of good and bad posters are presented on the webpage. It is highly recommended that you read and consider these guidelines when preparing your poster. Criteria for poster judges will be based upon these guidelines. 


The abstract form is best opened and filled out in Adobe Acrobat, and contains instructions for completion. Your abstract should be limited to 300 words. Anything longer than this will not fit into the abstract field of the form.  

An effective abstract is your first opportunity to hone your message. An abstract should be a concise description of your work. It should:

  1. Explain why your work is important - set the context and pre-empt the question "So what?"
  2. Describe the objective(s) of your work. What are you adding to current knowledge?
  3. Briefly explain the methods. Unless the research is about methods, this should not be a major focus of your abstract (or your poster).
  4. Concisely state results, conclusions, and recommendations. This is what most people want to know. Do not say "We present the results of our study and recommendations for action" - tell them what you found and recommend!

Including an abstract on your poster is not recommended. It is redundant, because a poster is already a succinct description of your work. Writing a good abstract, however, is an important part of having your work accepted for presentation at a conference. An abstract can also serve as an outline for your poster, which can be thought of as an illustrated abstract. 


We will allow posters of both landscape and portrait orientation, as we appreciate that some presenters may have already prepared posters for other meetings. We ask that you please indicate whether your poster is landscape or portrait on the abstract submission form. If you do not already have a prepared poster, we prefer that you create a landscape poster. Maximum allowable dimensions will be based upon poster board size and will be posted here soon. 

A) Poster Creation

      An effective poster is:

      Focused – Focused on a single message.

      Graphic – Lets graphs and images tell the story; uses text sparingly.

      Ordered – Keeps the sequence well-ordered and obvious. 

Creating an effective poster requires planning, art, science, and attention to detail.

  1. Planning – Before starting work on your poster, consider message, space, budget, format (single sheet or multi-panel), and deadlines.
  2. Focus – Stay focused on your message and keep it simple. Create a mock-up and dispense with unneeded details.
  3. Layout – Use a clearly defined visual grammar to move readers through your poster.
  4. Headings – Use headings to orient readers and convey major points.
  5. Graphics – Clear graphics should dominate your poster.
  6. Text – Text should be minimized in favor of graphics, and large where used.
  7. Colors – Colors can make a poster attractive and improve readability, but be cautious.
  8. Editing – Edit ruthlessly to reduce the amount of text and focus on a results-oriented message.

B) Poster Presentation

Use your poster as a visual aid - don't read it! 

Tell viewers:

  1. The context of your problem and why it is important (Introduction),
  2. Your objective and what you did (Objective & Methods),
  3. What you discovered (Results), and
  4. What the answer means in terms of the context (Discussion).



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