POLS Lab Poster Advice

From the syllabus:

Scientific information is often shared and discussed at scientific meetings.  The final assignment for this class will be to present your research at Techxpo on Thursday, April 26, 2018.  While you will make and present one poster with your partner, the four 15-point assignments (use Microsoft Word) will be created individually and graded separately.  The merging and formatting of your ideas with your partner’s ideas (use Microsoft PowerPoint set to poster size) will be graded as one assignment.

  1. Background: (~200-300 words)
    • Three paragraphs with 3-5 sentences packed with information (just the facts)
    • Paragraph topic: Bacteriophage, host bacteria (ex. Mycobacterium smegmatis)
  2. Isolation: (~100 words)
    • One paragraph describing your isolation method and purification steps
    • Flowchart of steps (use your paragraph to explain the flowchart)
  3. Amplification: Not applicable to everyone (~100 words)
    • One paragraph describing your titer information to describe the steps following purification through the creating a webbed plate and determining the titer from your webbed plate
    • Include plaque assay images with a summary of calculations
  4. Characterization:
    • Unfortunately, not applicable
  5. Abstract: (~150-200 words)
    • One paragraph that condenses/summarizes the most important points from background, isolation, amplification (if applicable), and future directions sections.
  6. Future Directions (~200-300 words)
    • 2-3 paragraphs describing future directions flow chart
    • Future directions flow chart
  7. Title and names: 
    • A descriptive title that includes the name of your bacteriophage isolate
    • Group members in alphabetical order, then TA name, then Abby/Joel
    • Finally, add “Montana Tech of the University of Montana”
  8. Format:
    • Poster size = 3 feet by 4 feet
    • Background color: white
    • Readable (and consistent) font sizes

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