Preparing for the GRASP Symposium

Preparing Your Abstract

After your abstract has been accepted and you have confirmed your intent to participate, you will be added to the GRASP group on Blackboard. Access it under "My Organizations." Use the GRASP group on BlackBoard to:

  • submit your final abstract
  • get important announcements and reminders before the event
  • if you need a reminder about the abstract format, please review the abstract requirements on this website (See "Abstract Requirements"), they are not within Blackboard

Preparing Your Poster

See Posters may be no larger than 36x46 inches. GRASP will provide tacks for the posters--you need only to bring your poster. You are not required to use a particular form, but here is a generic template that you may find helpful that is used for the CGRS competition:

Be prepared to give a 3-5 minute oral summary of your project to the judges. After your summary, judges may ask you questions about your project. Remember, judges will come from all areas of the university, so your poster and summation should be directed to a general audience. Read the Judging Rubrics for Posters for more information.

For excellent advice on preparing a poster, see Designing Conference Posters by Colin Purrington.

Poster Tips

  • Clear design starts with clear thinking!
  • Keep in mind that most people (and judges) viewing your poster are not experts in your field.
  • A well-organized and succinct poster will be more likely to grab the audience's attention. A crowded, complicated, difficult-to-read poster will be passed up for an easier-to-read, nicely organized poster.
  • Use clear, clean, and easily readable text. In general, stick to a professional-looking font (e.g., Cambria, Calibri, Times New Roman) and use 28-point size or larger. Viewers should be about to read your poster from 3-4 feet away.
  • Use consistency, including: font size and style, alignment of text and graphics, font size change on bullet levels, grammar and punctuation (e.g., sentence tense, use of periods).
  • Use a pleasing color scheme and make your text, graphics, tables, and pictures stand out from the background. Make sure to balance white space and text to avoid clutter or emptiness.
  • Less=more.
  • Use properly labeled and readable graphics, tables, and pictures to eliminate text and make your poster more visually appealing. Do not use 3-dimensional graphs. Use high resolution graphics and pictures.
  • Dress professionally, be entertaining, keep to the required time limit (3-5-minute elevator pitch and time for questions), maintain eye contact by not reading directly from your poster, practice your speech, and have fun!

More resources:

Here are samples of posters from past events: Psychology #1; Psychology #2; English; Chemistry; Industrial/Mfg Eng. #2; Mechanical Eng.

The Day of the Event

Check the Event Schedule to make sure you know the day's activities.

Check in at the registration desk to get your name tag and find out where you are to set up your poster.

Dress professionally, be entertaining, keep to the required time limit, maintain eye contact by not reading directly from your presentation, practice your speech, and have fun!