Poster and PowerPoint Presentations


  • Standard poster size is 48 ” width x 36” height. Make sure you check the dimension requirements for your particular event.
  • If in a program, you must acknowledge the program. Ex: “My research has been supported by the NIGMS/HHMI Bridge Program.”
  • Be careful with too much text.
  • If your mentor is not listed as an author, you should acknowledge he/she in the Acknowledgments section.
  • Do not put two UM logos, for example the general UM logo and the Sylvester logo. You only need one or the other.
  • All tables should have a heading above them, and all figures should have a labeled legend beneath them.
  • To save on ink, posters should have a white or very light background.


  • Please arrive earlier in order to save your work on the PC that we will be using.
  • Unless a specific time frame is specified, plan on a 10 minute PowerPoint of your project, so that the audience is ableto follow your presentation, followed by 5 minutes for questions and answers. Practice your presentation, and staywithin the allotted time.
  • We encourage you to discuss your slides with your research mentor before you present.
  • At the time of your presentation, please introduce yourself and let the audience know how you obtained the research position and what interested you about the project. 

Suggested Format

We suggest a PowerPoint that includes the following:

Title of Project

Begin your presentation with the title of your project. State the name of the University and your faculty research mentor’s department, your name, and the name of your faculty research mentor.


State why you chose your particular project; tell why it is of interest or worthy of the attempt. State the explicit hypothesis (or hypotheses) that was (were) tested.

Materials and Methods

Give sufficient details of methods (including information on materials used) to allow someone to duplicate your work, especially with respect to those factors that may have had major effects on results. Note any special problems and how you overcame them (e.g., protein precipitated unless pH was buffered).


Present a summary of your data. This is where you cite your figures and tables. Graphs will usually be most appropriate for showing your findings, but data summaries (do not reproduce all your data) may be tabular. Include any non-quantitative observations in the text. Describe the analysis of the data including any statistical tests performed.


State your conclusion. Was your null hypothesis rejected? How much confidence may one have in your results; how reliable are your results? Have additional questions been raised? Have you satisfied the objectives of your project? If you were to try to do the project again, would you do it differently?


Acknowledge the funding agency, program, institution, etc.


Take time to answer any questions the audience has on your project.