Posters should describe a scholarly analysis of STEM teaching strategies that are of potential relevance across STEM fields. Questions that fit into one of the conference themes (Equity, Problem Solving, and Computational Thinking) are especially encouraged. Submission of significant or final results as well as preliminary research results and discussions of works in progress are welcomed.
Poster submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To guarantee full consideration, make sure you submit your poster latest by 3/27. You will be receiving a response as quickly as possible. Later poster submissions are possible, but review and inclusion in the program cannot be guaranteed - only accepted posters can be displayed during the conference.
The posters will be set up in a spacious hallway area/corner near the sessions. The poster session is 4:30-5:15pm. Refreshments will be available during the poster session.
We will provide tripod easels and tri-fold display boards (36” x 48” when open, 24” x 36” when closed). You can pin or staple pages or a large poster to the display board – please no glue or (scotch) tape; a limited number of thumbtacks or pins will be provided. If you wish to distribute or make available handouts and/or copies of the paper, you may want to consider bringing along a large envelop or other container that can hold those handouts (w/o being too heavy, the easels can only carry a limited weight and the weight needs to be sufficiently evenly distributed). The easels cannot accommodate posters beyond 36” x 48” and the posters have to have sufficient rigidity (mounted or board).
For the poster submission, you will need to provide a title, abstract (max 1,000 characters), and keywords (2-5); you also need to identify the relevant conference theme(s), indicate any possible coauthors, and let us know whether you wish to get a display board.
You may want to view the poster suggestions below as you are designing your poster.
- Keep it simple. Less can be more – your poster is a starting point for a conversation, not a complete presentation of all aspects of your work.
- Make the author and title line at least 1” font size (72pt) and set apart.
- Provide an abstract of at least 3/8” font size (27pt) and no more than 150 words. Provide a conclusion of similar format.
- Depending on the type of work, it may be appropriate to include a short introduction, hypotheses or main questions, methods and/or material, procedures, data, claims and/or results, challenges, open questions, related work, etc.
- Clearly structure/set apart individual sections and provide a easy-to-follow sequence. Use large headers and other means to identify sections. Typically, posters should have no more than 9-12 sections (title, abstract, conclusion included); less is often advisable.
- Use simple, somewhat uniform, and easily readable fonts (ideally 3/8” font size minimum) and limit the use of colors in the text and background.
- Include key figures and tables, or illustrations, if appropriate (as with colors, illustrations are great, but don’t overdo it); do not do text-only posters.
- Consider including a or several QR code(s) or tiny url(s) to your paper, additional material, or important references.
- Keep in mind that attendees may not be in your field – limit field-specific terminology and explain where necessary.
You may want to google poster instructions, poster guidelines, poster design, etc. for additional suggestions and ideas.
If you do not have the opportunity to print a poster on your campus, you can do so at a local Kinko’s/FedEx. They print and mount posters on foam boards sized 18” x 24,” 24” x 36,” or 36” x 48” with prices typically ranging from $50 - $150 (no price guarantee).
Questions? Email BreakingBoundaries@lmu.edu