The Richard Stockton College NAMS Research Symposium, Friday April 25, 2014

SAttention all Richard Stockton College NAMS Students Involved in Faculty-Sponsored Research: NOW is your opportunity to present your research to college at the 2014 NAMS Research Symposium!

Symposium Conveners: Dr. Matthew F. Bonnan ( & Dr. Tara Luke (

  • When: Friday, April 25, 2014, 3:00-5:00 PM
  • Where: The C/D Atrium in the Main Campus
  • What: Posters of On-going Faculty-Sponsored Student Research in All Areas of NAMS – Biology, Chemistry, Computational Sciences, Environmental Sciences of all Backgrounds, Geology, Mathematics, Physics — and combinations of all

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To participate in the NAMS Research Symposium, all presenters must submit their abstracts to Dr. Bonnan via e-mail (

The DEADLINE HAS NOW PASSED for Submitting Abstracts.

What to submit:

  • Title of Your Research
  • The Authors
  • Faculty Sponsor (If they are not already an author)
  • What Program in NAMS (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Geology, Mathematics, Physics)
  • Abstract

The abstract should be no longer than 500 words, and should describe the research at whatever stage it is currently in.  It is not necessary to have results, especially if the work is preliminary or in progress, and a hypothesis statement is encouraged but not required.

All of the items above must be submitted in the BODY OF THE E-MAIL.  Dr. Bonnan WILL NOT accept attachments.  ALL e-mails with attachments WILL BE DELETED.

When you submit your abstract, you should receive a confirmation e-mail.  If you do not get a confirmation of receipt within 1 day of submitting the abstract, contact Dr. Matthew Bonnan or Dr. Tara Luke.

All abstracts will be printed in an abstracts volume.  Abstracts sent after the April 18 deadline are not guaranteed to be printed.


Aim for a maximum poster size of 48 inches wide (across) by 42 inches tall (top to bottom) – this is a helpful suggestion, but if you print something smaller, that is fine.  Just keep in mind that you don’t want something so large that it will be spilling off the ends of partitions we will set these up on.


It is strongly encouraged that you create your poster in PowerPoint because that format works best for the poster printer.  However, if you simply make a regular PowerPoint slide, when you expand that slide to the size of a poster, everything will be pixelated and look terrible.  Therefore,  BEFORE you create your poster, do the following in PowerPoint:

Click on the tab labeled DESIGN.

Step 1

Next, click on PAGE SETUP.

Step 2

A popup menu will appear, and one of the options will be Slides Sized For: and a box which has a drop down menu with many choices.  Select CUSTOM.

Step 3

Input the length and width of your poster in inches here.

Step 4Now you are set up to start putting in text and images that will scale appropriately.

Be absolutely sure that you use images / charts, etc., that have a resolution of at least 200 dpi (dots per inch) for the best resolution when printed.  If you go to Print Preview in PowerPoint, you can see EXACTLY how your poster will look when printed.  If you see images that are fuzzy or pixelated, that is exactly what they will look like when printed.

ALSO REMEMBER – your computer monitor is lower resolution than your poster is printed at.  A small JPEG image at 72 dpi may look okay to your eye on a small screen, but zoom in on Print Preview to be sure it will not look pixelated when printed.

There are not necessarily rules for the poster, but in general the following information should be there:

  • Your title
  • The authors
  • Your faculty advisor (if not an author)
  • Your NAMS Program
  • Your abstract

Here are some suggestions, but certainly not required:

  • Your major points highlighted and in larger font size
  • Use bulleted lists where possible to draw people’s attention to the main findings of your study
  • Your hypothesis statement, if you have one, set off from the text and highlighted
  • A picture is worth a 1,000 words — graphs, charts, illustrations all help make your point
  • Acknowledgment of those who helped you
  • Less is often more


  • Set up of posters will begin at 10:00 AM in the designated areas with the USC Atrium.
  • Student presenters must be present at their posters from 3:00-5:00 PM.
  • When the symposium ends, students who wish to keep their posters must take them down.
  • There will be awards given for the best posters!
  • Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

We hope to see all of the NAMS students with on-going faculty-sponsored research on April 25, 2014!

Want to see examples of last year’s abstracts?  Want to see last year’s winners?

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