2018 APS Bridge Program & National Mentoring Community Conference


Abstracts are no longer being accepted.

Poster Guidelines:

  • Your poster must be no larger than 48" high x 48" wide, and consist of materials that can be mounted easily on a bulletin board with push pins. Pushpins will be provided at your assigned board.
  • Each poster should include the poster title and full names of all contributors, their affiliations, addresses, and an email and/or web link.
    • For more ideas on how to design your poster, see Presentation Tips below.
  • We strongly recommend that you have your poster printed locally or by an online site before you travel to the meeting, rather than attempt to have it printed onsite in Palo Alto.

Poster Competition:

As in past years, a poster prize competition will be held to recognize the best presentations at the undergraduate and graduate student level. If you would like to opt out of this year’s competition, please email Kathryne Woodle.

Judges will assess posters and talk to presenters throughout the session. Each poster will be assessed by at least two faculty judges, who will provide written feedback for presenters in addition to scoring the presentation. If you plan to compete in the competition, we strongly recommend that you remain by your poster for the majority of the session (4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. PT), so as to not miss your judges visits.

Two winners (first place and second place) will be selected from each category (undergraduate and graduate), with awards announced on Saturday evening.

Presentation Tips:

Presentation of a poster provides an opportunity for effective one-to-one communication. The longer presentation time of the poster session enables you to present a more in-depth description and discussion of your work.

To make a successful poster presentation:

  1. Put your poster up at least 1/2 hour prior to the start of the poster session.
  2. Your poster must correspond to the title and content of the abstract you submitted.
  3. Plan your poster to be in logical sequence, i.e. introduction, study design and methods, data collected, conclusion.
  4. Posters should be designed for clear viewing from a distance of beyond 3' so that they can be viewed by a number of people at the same time.
  5. To ensure visual effectiveness of your poster, use large lettering and a minimum of text.
  6. Proofread your poster before printing.
  7. Use of color can visually enhance your poster.
  8. Remove your poster immediately at the close of the poster session.

Student Poster Session and Competition
Saturday, November 17
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. PT

Before you Submit:

  • Know the names and the order of poster authors.

  • Write your abstract and title, and make sure that the abstract is under 1,300 characters including spaces (about 250 words).

  • Proofread your title and abstract.

  • Determine if your abstract is in plain text, or if it will require either LaTeX formatting or Rich Text Formatting (MS Word with Equation Editor or MathType).

The American Physical Society Bridge Program (APS-BP) and the National Mentoring Community (NMC) are efforts by APS to increase the number of physics degrees earned by underrepresented minority students, defined by the project as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1143070. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.