Twenty-second Annual JMU BioSymposium:   April 18th and 19th, 2013

 Each spring the Biology Department hosts a celebration of undergraduate research in which students that conducted research over the previous year present their findings through poster or oral presentations.  In addition, there is a keynote seminar presented by an invited speaker.   Please attend as many of the events as possible, ask questions, and help us celebrate undergraduate research in Biology at JMU!

Keynote Seminar

Francis X. Farrell, PhD ('82)

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Drexel University College of Medicine
Microbiology and Immunology

Dr. Farrell graduated from JMU in 1982 and is a member of JMU’s Executive Advisory Council.  He publishes in the field of oncology and kidney disease.

"Biotherapeutics: Designing Novel Molecules to Treat Chronic Diseases"

2013 Biosymposium Schedule

2013 Biosymposium Abstract booklet


Printed Posters

  • Make your poster in powerpoint.
  • Using Page setup, make your poster 42” wide. The height may be anything up to 60”.
  • Use dark type on a light background. Please DO NOT use a solid color or a picture over the whole background. It is too much for the printer.
  • Your title should be 80-85pt
  • Subheadings should be 36pt, main text should be 24pt and captions should be 18pt
  • View at 33% to tell if your images are going to be large enough for your audience to see.
  • Don’t put too much text on your poster
  • Save your poster as a PDF for easier printing
  • Prepare a 3-5 minute verbal explanation of your poster
  • Try to get it printed EARLY!!

Digital posters

  • Make your poster in powerpoint
  • Using Page setup, format the slide to 16” wide and 9” high.
  • Your title should be 40-44pt
  • Subheadings should be 28pt, main text should be 22pt and captions should be 18pt
  • Place videos, animations etc on your poster and set them to start automatically and to loop continuously. It would be helpful to give it a title sequence, so that the audience knows where the start of the loop is.
  • Don’t put too much text on your poster
  • Prepare a 3-5 minute verbal explanation of your poster
  • Save your poster to a USB drive for installation on the SMART boards.

Need help?

Printable instructions for making and printing your poster 

Advice on how to design a good poster. 

More Poster design help (WWW)

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