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1 Your title should describe your particular study Authors’ names and affiliations Abstract Briefly summarize the project, including background and motivation to ask the questions, questions asked, results and conclusions. The abstract should serve as a stand alone summary. The abstract should be in paragraph form, and should typically be no longer than 200 words. --- Briefly summarize the project, including background and motivation to ask the questions, questions asked, results and conclusions. The abstract should serve as a stand alone summary. The abstract should be in paragraph form, and should typically be no longer than 200 words. -- Briefly summarize the project, including background and motivation to ask the questions, questions asked, results and conclusions. The abstract should serve as a stand alone summary. The abstract should be in paragraph form, and should typically be no longer than 200 words. Introduction This section gives background information. You should move from general to specific, using a logical argument to link ideas. Consider the following: What is the general biological context for your study? How will you make your study appealing to any biologist, whether or not they are interested in your study organism? What was already known about the area of biology that led you to ask your biological questions? What are your biological questions? Why are you motivated to find answers to these questions? Predictions Give a clear and succinct statement of each testable prediction. Methods In this section, you should: Briefly describe how, where and when the data were collected. Briefly explain how the data were analyzed statistically to test each specific prediction. Be sure to provide sufficient detail so that a person reading your poster will have a clear understanding of what was done. It may be helpful to use images, drawings, and other illustrations to clarify details of how things were done. Results Use text to explain the results, making reference to your figure. For example, this sentence could briefly summarize one of your results (Figure 1). In describing your results, make sure to use language that is consistent with the conclusions you can make based on your statistical analyses. Statistical results can be reported parenthetically (t = 1.234, df = 22, p > 0.05). Be sure to provide all results both graphically and statistically. The results section is not the place to interpret the broader meaning of your results. Save the interpretation for the discussion section. Discussion In this section, you interpret your results and place them in a broader biological context. You should move from specific to general, using a logical argument to link ideas. Consider the following: Briefly recap your results, without rehashing them in full detail. Clearly relate your results to your predictions. Interpret what the results may mean. Use the results to address the biological questions posed in your introduction (while keeping in mind the limitations of your data). If you found any unexpected results, explain how they lead to new predictions that could be tested with additional data. Explain how your results help us to better understand the general biological concepts raised in your introduction. Conclusions End by giving a set of simple, clear take home messages that synthesize the results of your study and clearly explain their significance to biology. Figure 1. For each figure, provide a descriptive caption that explains necessary details. Literature Cited If you have referred to any sources for ideas or information, those sources must be cited properly. Sources may include books, journal articles, websites, etc. Cite sources parenthetically within the text, usually within the Introduction or Discussion sections. For example, this sentence draws on ideas from an article (Heinrich 1979) and a book (Stamp and Casey 1993). This sentence, on the other hand, relies on information from a website (Tree of Life 2003). In the Literature Cited section, include the citation for each source. For example: Heinrich, B Foraging strategies of caterpillars. Oecologia. 42: Stamp, N. E and Casey, T. M Caterpillars: Ecological and Evolutionary Constraints on Foraging. Chapman & Hall: New York. Tree of Life Web Project Lepidoptera: moths and butterflies. If you have not used any outside sources, do not include a Literature Cited section.


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