Twenty-fifth Annual JMU BioSymposium:   April 14th and 15th, 2015

Each spring the Biology Department hosts a celebration of undergraduate and graduate 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 research in Biology at JMU!

Biosymposium Program (pdf)

Keynote Seminar

From genomics to products: innovating genetic analysis systems to improve human health

Dr. Ivor Knight

Sr. VP & CTO
Canon U.S. Life Sciences, Inc.

Friday, April 15, 12:20-1:10, Bioscience 1007


2015 Biosymposium
2014 Biosymposium
2013 Biosymposium


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 in 16 X 9 format.
  • 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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