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Postbac Poster Day 2020


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 in the Bethesda area, Baltimore, Frederick, and Research Triangle Park (NC) to present at this event.  At the poster session you will be able to share background information on your project, present any data you may have collected, and discuss the technical problems you encountered as well as any results. 

In 2020 Postbac Poster Day went virtual! Read about 2020 Virtual Postbac Poster Day on its own webpage.

Postbac Poster Day 2020 is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28th.  It will be held in the Natcher Conference Center (Building 45) on the main campus in Bethesda from 9:30 am-3:30 pm. 

The keynote address will immediately precede the presentation of the Distinguished Mentor Award

The registration deadline was Friday, March 27 at 5:00 pm (EDT). Remember, all you need to register is a poster title, presenter and preceptor information, and the approval of your PI.

View the COMPLETE Postbac Poster Day 2019 Program, including poster titles and presenter/preceptor information.

Postbac Poster Day Awards for 2019

Tentative Postbac Poster Day 2020Schedule

9:30 - 11:00 am Poster Session I
11:10 am - 12:40 pm Poster Session II
12:40 - 1:40 pm

Keynote Address (TBD)

1:40 - 2:00 pm

Distinguished Mentor Award Presentation

2:00 - 3:30 pm Poster Session III


Other Poster Day Activities

9:00 am - 3:30 pm Reflection Mural Come to the balconies entrance and share your poster day experience.    
9:10 - 9:25 am and 10:30 -10:45 am Mindfulness meditation Relax in Room J before presenting your poster.    
10:30 - 11:30 am and 2:30 - 3:30 pm Photo Booth Do you need a personal photo for LinkedIn? Come to Room H.    

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 Montana, Arizona, Michigan, or Massachusetts, and you are interested in presenting at Postbac Poster Day 2020, 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 by March 13th. Include in your email a 100-word statement describing why you would like to attend and present. Use the following subject line: "2020 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.) NOTE: If you are located in Frederick, please use the regular shuttle service. If you are located in Baltimore or RTP, NC, watch for an email from Arlene or Katy with travel information.

Creating Your Poster:

Postbacs participating in this event will be 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 2020 Workshop entitled "Creating and Presenting Dynamic Posters".  If you are not able to attend, please watch the videocast of an earlier workshop.

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.