Poster Session Contest:
Good Native Governance: Innovative Research in Law, Education, and Economic Development
UCLA American Indian Studies Center, March 6-7, 2014

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Poster Session Information

We encourage submissions on topics broadly related to Native Governance for Indigenous communities and work from various disciplines such as the Humanities, Social Sciences and Physical Sciences, as well as from professional schools. We will consider research from undergraduate students, graduate students, tribal researchers, post-docs and 1st year assistant professors.

From the applications, we will select 20 posters for display during the Thursday evening dinner reception. The winning poster will be selected by a UCLA faculty committee and an award will be presented at the Friday afternoon luncheon. The winner will receive a $500 award.

Posters will be set up at the Thursday night welcome reception and again on Friday morning at the coffee and pastry reception. Researchers will be expected to stand with their posters and discuss their work with the conference attendees. Participants will benefit from discussing their work with faculty, students, invited speakers and presenters, as well as with tribal community members and leaders.

There is no entry fee to participate in the poster session or to attend the conference, but note that the presenter must register for conference. We will adhere to strict rules about the size and dimensions of the research posters.

Poster Instructions

Each participant will be provided with one easel and one 30” X 40” foam board backing. Participants will then bring their poster to the event ready to mount on the foam board. Mounting may be done using tape, clips, or pins. Material pre-mounted on heavy board may be difficult to tack to the foam board. At the end of the reception on Thursday, each participant will remove their poster, take it with them and bring it back again on Friday morning to display. All presentation posters must be no larger than 30” X 40,” no exceptions.

Coverage- We recommend that your poster be self-explanatory, freeing you from answering obvious questions so that you are available to supplement and discuss particular points of interest. Will a casual observer walk away understanding your major findings after a quick perusal of your material? Will a more careful reader learn enough to ask informed questions? Ask yourself, “What would I need to know if I were viewing this material for the first time?” It's a good idea to bring some business cards with you to hand out to people who want to contact you.

Clarity- Is the sequence of information evident? Indicate the ordering of your material with numbers, letters, or arrows. Place your major points in the poster and save the non-essential sidelights for informal discussion. Please bring at least 30 copies of your longer paper for distribution to interested participants. We recommend that you make these copies before the conference because self-serve photocopy facilities are limited campus.

Layout- Prepare a label indicating the title of your paper and author. The lettering for this section should be at least 1 inch high. A copy of your abstract (500 words or less) in large typescript should be posted in the upper left-hand corner of the poster board. Use the remainder of the board for text, figures, tables, or printouts that illustrate your major results/findings and how you got there. If there is a theoretical model, or if you need to write out some estimating equation, that should clearly precede any empirical results. All lettering should be at least 3/8 inch high, preferably in a bold font.

This website will provide more information about poster layout:

Poster Tips

  • In general, students lay out their research ideas and put them up on a poster board. The format can differ depending upon the project and research. So one might have a single sheet discussing the setting, another discussing the question or idea, another about the methods or type of analysis the student is doing, then a page about the findings, a page about what this means, and maybe one page on future work and conclusions.
  • The research should be presented in a manner that allows people who pass by to stop and get a sense of what the student is researching, ask questions and give feedback on the topic. They may also provide useful insight or additions.