Presenter directions for Pediatrics Research Day 2020

Poster Presenters:

  • We have provided a poster template to facilitate making an effective poster.  Download it below. 
  • If you are using a pre-printed poster, the poster board can hold a poster with a maximum size of 44 inches in height by 68 inches in width. 
  • Please have your posters hung by 9 am Friday, ​March 6th. Poster boards will be available Thursday, ​March 5th after 4 pm if you wish to put your poster up the day before. Push pins will be available for your use. 
  • We will expect you or a representative to be present at your poster from 1:30-3:00 to discuss your poster with interested attendees and for judging (trainees only).  This is your chance to share your work with others in The Department of Pediatrics as well as those attending Research Day from outside the department. 
  • Information for creating effective posters can be found at: Scientific Posters (Cornell) and Designing Posters (Colin Purrington)

Oral Presenters: 

Preparing your 10-minute oral presentation.  One key requirement plus a few helpful tips:

  • Most important:  Please e-mail your presentation to by noon, Thursday ​March 5th.   The Samis Center will not accept presentations on USB drives.  Alternatively, you ​may e-mail the presentation to yourself and log in to webmail via the computer in the auditorium. 
  • Oral presentations will start promptly at 12:15 pm on Friday, ​March 6th and will take place in the Samis Education Center Rainbolt Auditorium.  
  • Presentations should be prepared in PowerPoint and will be 10 minutes in duration (8 minutes for the presentation and 2 minutes for questions).  
  • Please plan to arrive no later than 11:30 enjoy a bite to eat before we begin. You may NOT bring your presentation on a thumb drive.  
  • Aim for no more than 8-10 slides.  You don’t have time to tell all of the details or show all of the data in your project so pick the highlights and spend more time explaining the key findings.  If you have to flip through slides quickly because you have too much data, you’ll lose the audience.
  • Keep it simple:  Make you figures large and clear.  Remake figures that have small fonts or blurry text.  Remove unnecessary elements of complex figures so that the focus is on the key parts.  If you have to say “sorry this is such a busy slide,” or “I don’t mean for you to read all of this,” then you should remove or remake that slide.  Limit the amount of text so the audience can focus on what you have to say.
  • Speak to your audience.  Pediatric Research Day will draw a very general audience.  So, unlike a specialty conference in your area it is best to not to use too many acronyms or specialty jargon.  To be sure that the audience can follow your project, explain the purpose of your project in the first couple of slides in a way that non-specialists can appreciate.  Tell us why your study is novel and why it is important.
  • Practice your talk beforehand with your mentor and colleagues.

Department of Pediatrics IS Guidelines for Printing Posters

General Formatting and Sizing:

  • Posters need to be designed in one of the following lengths and widths:

    42 X 56

    42 X 60

    42 X 48

    36 X 48

  • Boxes of texts, graphics, and graphs aligned
  • Heading needs to be properly formatted
  • Avoid RGB and utilize CMYK so that your printed poster will appear similar to your on-screen design colors
  • Graphics should be saved in a format with a minimum of 300 dpi resolution
  • Posters must be designed in MS PowerPoint, Adobe Software Product, or MS Publisher.

Both the layout and formatting must be finalized for printing. 

Printing Deadlines and Costs:

  • To guarantee completed posters in time for Research Day, posters MUST be submitted for printing by Friday, ​February 28th.
  • The cost is $50 per poster
  • Poster printing must be billed directly to your section.  To submit a poster for printing, please have your section submit a work order in the Pediatrics IS Helpdesk System. 

For more information regarding poster printing through the Department of Pediatrics IS, contact