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Postbac Poster Day 2017


Postbac Poster Day PHOTO - Atrium ViewPostbac Poster Day is your time to display the research you have been conducting at the NIH and at the same time develop your communication and networking skills.  We encourage all current NIH Postbacs and Technical IRTAs in the Bethesda area, Baltimore, and Frederick to present at this event.  At the poster session you will be able to share background information on your project, any data you may have collected, and a discussion of the technical problems you encountered as well as any results. 

Postbac Poster Day 2017 is scheduled for Thursday, May 4th.  It will be held in the Natcher Conference Center (Building 45) on the main campus in Bethesda from 10:00 am-3:30 pm. 

Presentation of the Distinguished Mentor Award will follow the keynote address. 

View the 2017 Postbac Poster Day Program. (Printed copies will be available at the event.)

View the COMPLETE Postbac Poster Day 2017 Program, including poster titles and presenter/preceptor information.

Postbac Poster Day Awards for 2017

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Postbac Poster Day 2017 Schedule

10:00 am - 12:00 pm Poster Session I
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Keynote Address: Eric D. Green, MD/PhD, Director, NHGRI

1:00 - 1:30 pm Distinguished Mentor Award Presentation
1:30 - 3:30 pm Poster Session II

Keynote Address: Starting with the launch of the Human Genome Project in 1990, the past quarter-century has brought spectacular achievements in genomics that dramatically empower the study of human biology and disease. The human genomics enterprise is now in the midst of an important transition, as the growing foundation of genomic knowledge is being used by researchers and clinicians to tackle increasingly complex problems in biomedicine. Of particular prominence is the use of revolutionary new DNA sequencing technologies for generating prodigious amounts of DNA sequence data to elucidate the complexities of genome structure, function, and evolution, as well as to unravel the genomic bases of rare and common diseases. Meanwhile, impactful clinical applications of genomics are now emerging. Together, these developments are ushering in the era of precision medicine.

Poster Judging: Once again all posters will be reviewed by teams composed of graduate students, postdocs, and other NIH scientific staff. All posters will be reviewed using a list of standard review criteria, and the top 20% will receive a letter acknowledging their work.  NOTE: if a poster has more than one presenter, the first author will be responsible for presenting the poster and will be eligible to win an award.

What if I'm located on an NIH campus that is NOT near Bethesda?
If you are located at one of the NIH campuses in North Carolina, Montana, Arizona, Michigan, or Massachusetts, and you are interested in presenting at Postbac Poster Day 2017, please talk with your PI and the training office in your Institute to ask if they can help out. If they are supportive, but don't have enough funds, please contact us. Include in your email a 100 word statement describing why you would like to attend and present. Use the following subject line: "2017 Postbac Travel Award Entry - First Name Last Name (IC)." (NOTE: the OITE hopes to be able to provide the opportunity for postbacs on "remote" campuses to attend either Postbac Poster Day or the Graduate & Professional School Fair. We will not be able to support your attendance at both, so give this matter serious thought. Many first-year postbacs have found the Fair to be particularly useful in planning their next career step.)

Creating Your Poster:

Postbacs participating in this event will be a assigned a bulletin board-like surface four-feet high and four-feet wide on which to display their information.  Under no circumstances should your poster exceed this size!  Posters should include

  • 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.

We recommend that you begin to write and proof-read your poster several weeks in advance. You should develop and practice a short verbal description of the work that you can present to colleagues who visit your poster.

For further suggestions, on developing your poster, attend the 2017 Workshop entitled "Creating and Presenting Dynamic Posters".  If you are not able to attend, take a look at the slides from an earlier presentation.

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.
  • Make sure the poster can be read from at least 4 - 6 feet away.
  • Label graphics directly and use tables for small data sets.
  • Keep your title simple and use 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.