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Virtual Summer Poster DAy 2022

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Summer Poster Day 2022 will take place virtually on August 3rd and August 4th.

The event will be hosted on Fourwaves. All visitors and participants must register on the event website to attend.

There are two Summer Poster Day Registration Q&A scheduled for July 6 and July 7 from 2-4 pm. Please join us with any and all questions you may have.

If you are a summer intern, Summer Poster Day 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. Although your presentation will be virtual, we hope you will receive questions and comments about your work, just as you would at an in-person poster session. 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 before you submit! If you have registered to present, confirmation of your participation in the event will be emailed by July 15th. At that time, you will receive information regarding your poster assignment (number, session, and time) and instructions for preparing your presentation.

Summer Presentation Week Schedule

As you will see below, presentations are spread over two days, Wednesday and Thursday, August 3rd and August 4th. Poster sessions are scheduled each day 11:00 am to 4:30 pm (ET). The table below will let you know on which day your IC is scheduled to present.

TimeWednesday, 8/3/2022Thursday, 8/4/2022
11:00 am-12:30 pm CC NHLBI
1:00-2:30 pm NCI-I NICHD
3:00-4:30 pm NCI-II NIMH



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: Choose widescreen (16:9) or Custom Slide Size 56” (Width) and 36” (Height)
  • Poster Orientation: Landscape
  • Fourwaves limits the file size to 30 Mb.
  • Recommended Font Size:


Widescreen (16:9)
13.3’ (Width) and 7.5’ (Height)

Custom Slide Size
64” (Width) and 36” (Height)


24 pt

80 pt

Section Headings

16 pt

54 pt

Secondary Section Headings or Figure Title

14 pt

44 pt

General Text

13-14 pt

36 – 40 pt

Figure/table legends

12 pt

28 pt

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
    • 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: June 30, 1:00–2:30 pm, ET. If you are not able to attend, please watch the video of an earlier workshop.
  • Your research mentor/supervisor
  • Attend a Poster Practice Session:
  • Practice Session Schedule:

    • Poster Practice Session 7/27, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
    • Poster Practice Session 7/28, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
    • Poster Practice Session 7/29, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
    • Poster Practice Session 8/1, 2:00 - 4:00 pm