Must submissions be completed as part of a course at SUNY Orange?

No. Submissions must be completed by a SUNY Orange student and mentored by a SUNY Orange faculty member, but may be completed independent of any course.

Are group submissions accepted by the SOARS Conference?

Yes. Both individual and group submissions are welcome, provided that they are completed by SUNY Orange students and mentored by SUNY Orange faculty.

What if a student would like to submit a research paper, creative research project, or research poster in the SOARS Conference, but that student does not have a faculty mentor?

Please contact Michele Iannuzzi Sucich at michele.iannuzzisucich@sunyorange.edu and she will assist the student in identifying a faculty mentor.

SOARS Conference: Research Poster FAQs

What is a poster session?

Poster sessions have become an increasingly important component of most professional conferences because

  1. a greater number of conference attendees are able to present their work than oral presentations alone would allow;
  2. the poster displays the author’s work for an extended period of time for greater exposure; and
  3. presenters are better able to discuss and explain their work with interested individuals, creating valuable opportunities for feedback and networking.

How do I create a poster?

Posters can be created by cutting printed pages of text, photos, and diagrams and arranging them on a tri-fold presentation board available at most office supply stores. The tri-fold board allows the poster to stand upright on a table beside the presenter. For the SOARS conference, use a tri-fold board that is 36 inches tall and 48 inches wide.

How should I design my poster?

There are many different ways to design posters, and opinions on the best poster designs are equally variable. Most importantly, the poster should be organized in a way that leads the viewer logically through the content with ease. Consecutive sections may be arranged from top to bottom, left to right, or following a circular path around a central focal point (see below). High-quality posters make effective use of color and visual materials while avoiding large blocks of text. While the poster should be able to successfully convey the content while standing alone, it should also be an extension of the presenters themselves, serving as a helpful resource during their interaction with the viewers.

While individual styles vary, here are a few general suggestions:

  • The poster should be easily viewed from a distance of 3 feet. Choose font and image sizes carefully to balance readability with adequate spacing.
  • Avoid solid blocks of text. Instead, attempt to summarize the main points using bulleted lists and/or place succinct statements near corresponding images.
  • Be consistent in your organization. For example, use one font size for all subheadings and another font size for all body text. If you use shadow boxes, use them for all of your text and/or visuals, not just some.
  • Avoid distracting background images/designs and peripheral objects that may clutter the overall appearance of the poster. Viewers should easily find a starting point and be able to work their way through the poster without multiple sidebars and otherwise scattered bits of information.
  • Be sure to include your email address.

How do I present my poster?

Dress professionally and stand to one side of your poster as you greet viewers who approach the poster. Typically you should ask, “Would you like me to explain my project?” or something similar, perhaps with a statement more specific to the topic you are presenting.

When you begin to explain, start immediately by stating the question, thesis or issue explored in order to grab the viewers’ interest and quickly provide them with a basic understanding. Then, lead them through the work without reading the poster, pointing out the relevant information or graphics that support your statements while holding their attention. Finish with a clear statement of conclusion or summary.

Possible poster organization – Flow of information:

left to right direction

top to bottom direction

circular direction