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Important Deadlines
Workshop Applications Nov 15, 2016
Abstract Submission March 30, 2017
Travel Award Applications March 30, 2017
Author Presentation Notification May 16, 2017
Early Registration May 18, 2017
Housing Reservation May 18, 2017

Poster Guidelines



All posters will be located in Pauley Pavilion. There will be three poster sessions. There will be two posters on each 4’ high x 8’ wide poster board. Each author will be assigned to share a poster board. Each author will have a net useable space of 3’ 8” (111.8cm) high x 3’ 8” (111.8cm) wide. All abstracts will be up for one day.


Authors will present according to the following schedule: 


Thursday, June 22

Poster Session 1

All A posters must be put up between 2:30 pm - 7:30 pm.

  Authors of even numbered A posters will present 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  Authors of odd numbered  A posters will present  9:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Friday, June 23

Poster Session 2

All B posters must be put up between 10:00 am - 7:30 pm.

  Authors of even numbered B posters will present 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  Authors of odd numbered B posters will present 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday,  June 24

Poster Session 3

All C posters must be put up between 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.

  Authors of  even numbered C posters will present  1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
  Authors of odd numbered C posters will present  2:30 pm – 4:00 pm


All presenters should remove their abstracts at the end of their poster session. After that time, remaining posters will be removed and may be lost or thrown away. The meeting does not take responsibility for posters that are not removed on time.  The GSA Administrative Office staff, UCLA staff and the personnel taking down the boards will not be responsible for posters left on boards by the authors. 


Posters may be mounted on thin poster paper or cardboard and attached to the poster board with pushpins. Do not mount your poster on heavy or thick backing, as it may be difficult to fasten to the board. Do not write or paint on the board.



Guidelines for Preparing Effective Posters


A great poster is readable, legible, well organized and succint.

  • Authors can include a picture of themselves to facilitate registrants finding them to discuss their work after the day of their presentation.
  • Posters should be designed to summarize current research in graphic forms: charts, tables, graphs, pictures, etc.  Simple use of color can add effective emphasis.
  • Make the title large enough to be read easily from a reasonable distance (~ 4 feet).
  • Use a type size that can be read easily at a distance.  Using a font that is too small is the single most common error in poster preparation!  If there's not enough space to fit all the text, shorten the text.
  • Details of methodology should be brief and should be placed at the end of the legend.  Many successful posters provide a bulleted list of conclusions and questions raised. 
  • Simple use of color can add effective emphasis.
  • Some references should be provided, but they need not be as extensive as those in papers.     
  • Audiovisual equipment is not permitted in the poster board area.


The poster schedule may not be altered.  If there is a conflict in presentation times, you must cancel your presentation or change presenters.  Please notify Anne Marie Mahoney, at or (301) 634-7039 by June 12, 2017 with any changes.


Photography of posters is not allowed unless the author has given permission.


By attending a GSA conference, you grant GSA with the right to use your photograph, name, and likeness for use in GSA educational, news, or promotional materials. GSA will take steps to avoid sharing the content of presentations and posters in order to protect unpublished data. Please note that the use of cameras and other recording devices in plenary, platform, and poster sessions is prohibited without expressed permission from an authorized GSA representative