for Chemistry Students:
U of MN Science
& Engineering Library http://scieng.lib.umn.edu/
ACS Style Guide
- Writing a Scientific Paper http://www.oup-usa.org/sc/0841234620/0841234620_1.html
Periodic Table of
The Best FREE Reference
Web Sites http://www.ala.org/rusa/mars/best2001.html
Measure For Measure
All levels of honors
graduation (cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude) require
you to prepare and present orally to a three-member faculty committee
a written thesis based upon original research work under the direction
of a member of the faculty of chemistry. This report must be approved
by the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the three member faculty
your advisor to show you the thesis of former students in your lab.
This should give you an idea of the layout and style to be used. You
will not be expected to create a document as long as the typical masters
or doctoral thesis. The link below will show you a PDF file of a well
done undergraduate thesis.
Faculty Committee-Besides your research advisor, select two other
faculty members in consultation with your reserach advisor. At least
two of the three members need to be faculty members of the Chemistry
thesis and the thesis approval form are due in the honors office the
last week of classes each term. You can still get your honors after
this point but it will not get posted to your diploma and you will need
to pay for a new diploma with the honors notation.
Tips For Effective
Through the process
of trial and error, scientific societies and veteran poster presenters
have come up with the following rules of thumb for effective poster
1. Prepare a banner
in very large type containing a descriptive title, the authors, and
their affiliations. This banner should be situated high up on the poster
so it can be seen above people's heads from a distance of 15 to 20 feet.
2. Bracket the poster
with an introduction at the beginning and a list of conclusions at the
end. Remember that many people will read only these two parts of your
3. Make the flow
of information in a poster explicit with the use of inch-high numerals.
The flow of information should be organized in columns running down
the poster, not in rows running across it.
4. The poster should
be self-explanatory, so that its main points will be communicated even
if you are not there. But don't load it down with large amounts of methodological
detail or lists of references. Curious observers can ask you about these
5. Each illustration
should have a prominent headline containing its take-home message in
just a few words. The text below the illustrations should be in smaller
type and should contain far more information than the typical figure
legend. Only the most interested readers will spend time with this text.
6. Prepare a presentation
of no more than five minutes (preferably two to four minutes) to walk
interested parties quickly through your poster.
7. Make the poster
well in advance and practice it with your colleagues, much as you would
practice an oral presentation.
8. Taking into account
Murphy's Law, bring extra push pins (not thumbtacks) with you to the
meeting. And consider making up two complete copies of the poster. Mail
one copy ahead or send it with a friend.
9. At the poster
session, let people peruse you poster for 30 seconds or a minute before
approaching them to ask if you may lead them through it. But don't be
shy about introducing yourself, since the opportunity to meet people
is one of the major advantages of poster sessions.
10. If you have
a preprint of a article already prepared, consider having a supply ready
at the poster session to hand out to people who are especially interested.
If not, take down names and addresses and offer to send the preprint
when it is ready.