TEXAS HYPERTENSION CONTROL
Poster Presentation Information for Students
Please refer to the Poster Submissions page for details on how to submit an abstract for consideration.
What is a poster presentation?
The poster presentation shows your research, quality improvement, or policy/system/environmental change through text, charts, graphs, and other visual aids. The poster serves as a visual representation of your research while having the ability to engage with questions and conversation about your research.
Who will attend this conference and potentially see my presentation?
Everyone will be acquainted with the healthcare field, so expect to have your comments and presentation prepared for an audience of professionals. Attendees of the Texas Hypertension Control Summit are Target: BP medical and public health partners with the American Heart Association, the American Medical Association, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the Texas Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Partnership. Assume they are well-versed in your focus and prepare to answer questions they might leave in the webinar chat box.
What do I need to cover or include in my poster? (Example Template Below)
Taking an entire research project and making it more concise can be a challenge and designing a poster presentation takes time and care. Outlining your poster first is a great way to get started. Your poster should contain the following general content:
1. Title and list of authors; the title should be catchy and serve to provide a sense of your research while intriguing people into reading your poster.
2. Presenters also often include an institutional logo on their poster, usually near the title and authors’ names.
3. Introduction section, which provides a brief background of your research and, for instance, definitions of key terms.
4. Materials and Methods section (hypothesis and/or research questions), which briefly describes your procedures, methods, and/or materials used.
5. Implications and/or Conclusions section, which conveys your key findings or major results and convinces readers that your work is important and relevant.
6. Acknowledgements (if appropriate) include your research mentor, any funding sources, etc.
Citations: There are a few key things that may or may not fit in your poster presentation, such as citations. You will want to cite the other studies and research you have drawn from on your poster, either in short parenthetical phrases (e.g., Smith, 2011), summaries, or quotes. This avoids plagiarism!
One helpful way to begin filling in the details of your presentation is to focus on who, what, how, and why:
· Who is involved, affected, etc.?
· What was the problem or issue?
· Why is this problem or issue important?
· How does your research, quality improvement, or policy/system/environmental (PSE) change fit into already existing research?
· How does your research, quality improvement, or PSE change extend or contribute to already existing research?
· How did you research, include quality improvement, enact a PSE change, or analyze the problem or issue?
· What are your findings?
· What do these findings tell us?
· What are the implications of these findings?
· What are your conclusions?
If you’re not sure of the answers to these questions above, you might consult your research mentor and ask them to help. It’s always a good idea to share your draft poster presentation with your research mentor and ask for feedback.
Once my abstract has been accepted, how can I best prepare for my poster presentation?
To prepare the explanation of your poster presentation, you might:
· Prepare a brief (maybe two or three sentences) overview of your research. Having this ready will help you to break the ice with viewers.
· Keep this quick overview general and interesting — perhaps focus on why you were interested in this research, problem, or issue (e.g., “I was curious as to why…”).
· Practice explaining your poster presentation with others, so you can get comfortable talking about your research.
· Be sure to talk to the camera. Reading from your poster is not a great way to engage viewers.
· Consider preparing a handout to be shared virtually in the chat box, so you have something to share with your poster audience, and you will leave a lasting impression.
Remember to thank people who attend the webinar and talk with you.
What are some other resources to consult?
Your research mentors
The event website
University library & department resources