TIPS to Create a Good Conference Presentation/Poster
Title: must be effective so that it conveys the main topics of the study, it highlights
the importance of the research, its concise and attract the reader.
Introduction and Justification: Provides the background necessary to understand your study and the reasons
why you did it. It presents the question to be studied. The background
must be balanced, using current and relevant references (citations). Follow
the background with the Why of the study. Why is this study important?.
End the section with a single line stating your study aims.
Methods: This section must provide all the necessary information on how you did
the study. Must include: Description of what you did; characteristics
of the sample (demographic information); description of any new methods
you incorporated; state all the statistical test and why.
Results: States what you found in your study but do not interpret the results or
discuss the implications (leave this for the Conclusion/Discussion section).
Show the results in a logical order and always use past tense. Do not
duplicate data already included in a table, into a text. Use the text
to summarize what the reader will find in the table; or highlight a couple
of important points in the table. Include the results from the statistical
analysis in the text, explaining statistically significant differences.
Include pictures, graphs, tables to explain the results.
Conclusion and Discussion: This is the interpretation of your results. Start with the most important
and end with the least important. Compare your results with those from
other studies and explain how is your study different. Include inconclusive
results and limitations of the study. End the section with a discussion
of what your results mean and how it contributes to the current knowledge
of the topic. Mention if you are doing further research on the topic.
Acknowledgments and references: Acknowledge anyone who helped you with the study/funding.
References: Follow the APA guidelines on how to write a reference.
Are you submitting a good abstract? Ask yourself the following questions:
1. Does the abstract capture the interest of a potential reader of the paper?
2. Is the abstract well written in terms of language, grammar, etc.?
3. Does the abstract engage the reader by telling him or her what the paper
is about and why they should read it?
4. Does the abstract title describe the subject being written about?
5. Does the abstract make a clear statement of the topic of the paper and
the research question?
6. Does the abstract say how the research was/is being undertaken?
7. Does the abstract indicate the value of the findings and to whom will
they be of use?
8. Does the abstract describe the work to be discussed in the paper?
9. Does the abstract give a concise summary of the findings?
10. Does the abstract conform to the word limit of 300 words?
11. Does the abstract have between 5 and 10 keywords or phrases that closely
reflect the content of the paper?
12. Should the abstract be accepted?