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Summer Research Presentation Week 2021

 

OVERVIEW

Summer Research Presentation Week 2021 will take place virtually from August 3rd through August 5th. Registration is now closed.

If you are a summer intern, Summer Research Presentation Week is your time to share the research and creative projects you have been conducting at the NIH with the broader NIH community and your family and friends! At the same time, you will develop your communication and networking skills.

Any student (high school, college, medical/dental, or graduate) working in an intramural research group this summer may present. You might not have results, but you can still present background information on your project, any data you may have collected, or a discussion of the technical problems you encountered. You can present ideas on and approaches to a project. Even although your presentation will be virtual, we hope you will receive questions and comments about your work. You will also have a chance to practice communicating your scientific ideas and results with broader audiences. We hope this event will bring our community closer during this time of social distancing.

IMPORTANT: Please remember that publishing data anywhere has intellectual property implications. If you want to include data that might result in patentable ideas (or if you are uncertain) be sure you have the permission of your PI to share everything in your presentation. In fact, regardless of what you want to present, get your PI’s permission first!

If you have registered to present, confirmation of your participation in the event will be emailed by July 16th. At that time, you will receive information regarding your presentation assignment (number, session, and time) and instructions for preparing your presentation.

View the Short Program

View the COMPLETE NIH Presentation Week Program (including titles)


Summer Presentation Week Schedule


As you will see below, presentations are spread over three days, Tuesday through Thursday, August 3rd through August 5th. Poster sessions are scheduled each day at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm (ET). They will be followed by Lightning Talk sessions each day at 3:00 pm (ET). The table below will  let you know on which day your IC is scheduled to present.

 Date11:00 am - 12:30 pm (Poster)1:00 - 2:30 pm (Poster)3:00 - 4:30 pm (Lightning Talk)
August 3, 2021 NCI NCI NCI
NCI-DCEG NCI-DCEG NCI-DCEG
- NIAMS NIAMS
NIEHS NIEHS NIEHS
- OD OD
August 4, 2021 CC CC CC
NIA NIA NIA
NIAAA - -
- NIBIB NIBIB
NIDA NIDA NIDA
NIMH NIMH NIMH
NINDS NINDS NINDS
NLM NLM NLM
August 5, 2021 - NCATS NCATS
- NCCIH -
NEI NEI NEI
NHGRI NHGRI NHGRI
NHLBI NHLBI NHLBI
NIAID NIAID NIAID
NICHD NICHD NICHD
- NIDCD NIDCD
- NIDCR -
NIDDK NIDDK NIDDK
- NIMHD -
- NINR NINR

 

CREATING A SLIDE for YOUR 3-Minute TALK

The audience will have a full 3 minutes to absorb your slide. It should contribute to your talk, rather than take over. It may be a molecular model, an object, a diagram, an hypothesis, or a key finding in graphic form.

  • Keep it simple
  • Choose an eye-catching visual
  • Write out what you plan to say and practice! (Get your research mentor/supervisor to work with you on the talk.)

Resources to help you  design your talk include

  • “Talking Science” workshop: July 22, 1:00–2:00 pm, ET
  • Poster/Talk Preview Sessions: July 27-30, 3:00-5:00 pm, ET; we will answer all your questions
  • Your research mentor/supervisor

CREATING YOUR POSTER

To promote scientific discussion and interaction, we recommend that participants create a virtual meeting and present their posters to lab members and other summer interns before the actual virtual poster session.

Virtual Poster Technical Requirements:

  • Poster Size: 48”-60” (Width) and 36” (Height)
  • Poster Orientation: Landscape
  • Recommended Font Size:

    • Title: 80 pt
    • Section Headings: 54 pt
    • Secondary Section Headings or Figure Title: 44 pt
    • General Text: 36 – 40 pt
    • Figure/table legends: 28 pt
  • There is no limit to the size of the file

Virtual Poster Requirements: Content and Design

 

Include the following components in your poster presentation:

  • Title and Author Information:
    • Title
    • Authors
    • Institute or Center names, logos
  • Content:
    • an introduction (providing background information),
    • a brief statement of the purpose of the project,
    • a description of materials and methods used, and
    • a summary of results and conclusions.

Here are some other general guidelines for laying out your poster:

  • A light background with dark text is easiest to read.
  • Use one font and style to integrate all portions of your poster.
  • Label graphics directly and use tables for small data sets.
  • Keep your title simple and consider using it to state the conclusion or focus of your study.
  • Figures, diagrams, and bullet points are better than paragraphs of text.
  • A general rule of thumb is to allow 40% of your space for graphics, 20% for text, and 40% for white space.

Begin to write and proof-read your poster several weeks in advance. You should develop and practice a short (3 to 5 minute) verbal description of the work that you can present to colleagues who “attend” your poster session.

Resources to help you design your poster include

  • “Creating and Presenting Virtual Posters” workshop: July 8, 1:00–2:00 pm, ET. If you are not able to attend, please watch the video of an earlier workshop (.
  • Poster/Talk Preview Sessions: July 27-30, 3:00-5:00 pm, ET; we will answer all your questions
  • Your research mentor/supervisor