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Instructions for Participation in the 2014 Poster Session
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What is a Poster Symposium? 

Poster sessions have become a popular way of presenting scholarship in a variety of disciplines at professional meetings. Poster sessions are popular because more people can view and read the poster than at a traditional oral presentation, and more importantly, there is a greater opportunity to interact with the scholar. The Millikin poster symposium is designed to provide all undergraduate and graduate students with an opportunity to share their scholarly activities regardless of discipline, enhance student written and oral communication skills, increase campus and community exposure to the variety of scholarly activities conducted by students and faculty, and encourage students and faculty to participate in future scholarship events. Advice on constructing effective posters as well as examples and templates can be found at the following URL:
Cash awards for top-judged posters are funded by the Honor Society of PHI KAPPA PHI and the Judith and G. Richard Locke Awards.   

What can be expected at the Poster Symposium?

The symposium is held on the second and third floors of Shilling Hall. The audience will be a mix of Millikin students, faculty, judges, visiting high school students, and invited guests (e.g., parents, Board of Trustees) who examine, read, and chat with the student authors about their scholarship. Poster authors will stand near their posters and answer questions. Questions typically range from "What did you do, Why/how did you decide to do the study, What did you learn from your project, What can you do with your results, etc. Past presenters report they enjoyed chatting with others about their research, and felt the experience increased their confidence and ability to make public presentations. 

Poster Participation Rules:

1. Your scholarly work is eligible if it has been conducted sometime between January 2013 and May 2014, and not previously submitted to the Millikin poster symposium. Examples of scholarly work includes student-faculty collaborative projects conducted in regularly scheduled courses, seminars, independent study, directed study, internships, JMS projects, or the masters degree programs. Scholarly work includes: research resulting in data, performance art, literary expositions and critiques, and creative artistic displays. Deadline for submission is: 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 14, 2014.    Submit your entry to: 2. A faculty member must sponsor your poster entry by sending an email to Stacey Shutter stating that your scholarly work represents B or better grade level work. 

3. Email your poster information as a Word or Rich Text file attachment, with the last names of the poster author as your file name. Entries will be rejected if they are not sent as email attachments using the appropriate format. Use the last name of the first author as your file name. 

4. Presenters are responsible to have their posters tacked to the scaffolding between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 25 the day of the COS.  Items to hang posters will be available. Stacey Shutter and student workers will be onsite to assist with questions during this time.  

5. You will be assigned a presentation number that will be emailed to you on Thursday, April 24 which indicates your location in the poster session.  A map will be available in each hallway as well.   The poster numbers will be attached to the scaffolds and should be attached to your poster with a push pin or tape.   Do not change poster numbers or locations as the judges will use these numbers to locate and evaluate the posters for the cash. 

 6. Your actual poster display Title font may be as large as 72 point font. Your actual poster Text font should be in 16-18 point font using 1 inch margins to insure that it can be easily read from a distance of 5 feet.  Your paper should be double spaced throughout. 

7. At least one of the poster's authors (when multiple authors exist) must be present from 1:00 to 3:00 during the poster session and judging. Two judges will evaluate each poster, so poster authors must wear their name tags (symposium provided). Dress is business professional. Poster awards will be presented between 3:30pm and 3:45pm in Albert Taylor Theatre, with a photo of the winning authors to follow the award presentation. The $3,000 in cash prizes will be distributed by check mailed to the recipient's chosen address.  

8. If you have special setup needs (e.g., VCR & TV monitor, projection screen, power cords, table, etc.) please mention your specific needs in your email containing the poster file.

9. It is not necessary to have your poster printed by a commercial poster publisher, but if you do be aware that cost, delivery, and the poster materials vary. A list of several sources students have used in the past are listed below:



Poster FILE Submission Requirements:
-  Rich Text file sent as an email attachment,
-  Use Tahoma 12 pt font and single spacing throughout,
-  Your poster text should be affixed to poster board or professionally made vinyl 
   banner that can be attached to wooden scaffolding with pushpins or nails. Your
   poster dimensions can be no longer than 4 feet horizontally and 5 feet vertically.  
-  Put the whole title in capital letters,
-  Put the poster authors names in bolded capital letters, organized in order of
   author contribution,
-  Put the non-bolded affiliation of all authors (typically Millikin, but may be different
    with multiple author / multiple institutionally supported research),
-  Your poster title is limited to a maximum 25 words, 
-  Your poster abstract or summary is limited to 100-150 words, 
-  The body of your poster should conform to the style guidelines of your discipline.
    Seek the guidance of your faculty sponsor or view past posters in the hallways of
    Shilling Hall and Leighty Tabor Science Center.
-  Put the sponsor information in the appropriate order as shown. 

GENERAL  SYNTHESIS  OF  ACETYLACETONATES  &  OXIDES  MADE  FROM ACETYLACETONATES.  KRIS  ORLANDO &  CLARENCE  JOSEFSON, Millikin University.  Sponsor: Dr. Clarence Josefson, Department of Chemistry. 

In the second organic laboratory, students are often required to synthesize metal acetylacetonates as part of a coordination chemistry project.  Students would use different procedures to make these acetylacetonates with a variety of transition met...
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Any remaining questions about participation, poster construction, etc. may also be directed to Stacey Shutter in room Shilling 211 or by calling 362-6499.

Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL