St. Bonaventure University

For Participants & Mentors


Dates & deadlines for the 2019 Expo

(including dates of other celebrations of academic excellence)

  • Deadline for mentors to submit names of student participants to Dr. Hill: Friday, April 12.
  • Deadline for emailing PowerPoint files to Dr. Hill for printing: Friday, April 22, 5 p.m.
  • Honors Symposium: Saturday, April 27.
  • Deadline for bringing printed posters to Dr. Hill: Monday, April 29, 5 p.m.
  • Arts & Sciences Exposition in the St. Bonaventure Conference Center in Doyle Hall (formerly the Trustees Room and Dining Room).
    • Projects are on display: Wednesday, May 1 − Thursday, May 2, 9 a.m. − 5 p.m.
    • Reception (participants are present): Thursday, May 2, 11:30 a.m. − 1 p.m.
  • The Barbara Carr McKee Scholarship Luncheon (part of the Celebration of Excellence): Friday, May 3.

To the students invited by an Arts & Sciences faculty member to participate in the Arts & Sciences Exposition: congratulations! This section provides information about the Expo for you and your mentor.

Posters: An Overview

Each student or group of students may exhibit one or two posters. (In practice, almost all projects can been summarized on one poster.) A poster is created by putting the desired content into a 40" x 30" PowerPoint slide and then printing the slide onto a poster using one of the University’s two poster printers.

Creating a Poster with PowerPoint

If I had to summarize advice for creating a poster in a single sentence, it would be “Remember your audience.” Students, you know much more about your project than almost all of the people who will view your poster. Create a poster that will be accessible to, easily read by, and above all, inspire interest in the viewers.

For those presenting science projects, the following article offers some intriguing ideas to help your poster "stand out of the crowd": To Save The Science Poster, Researchers Want To Kill It And Start Over.

Printing Posters

Prior to printing, be sure that the content of your PowerPoint slide is at least one inch from the border of the slide (to ensure that all content is printed) and that your slide is free of typos and other errors. Your poster may be printed on either of two poster printers.

  1. The Arts & Sciences poster printer, located in Walsh 103. The Computer Science Department maintains this printer and keeps it loaded with high-quality poster paper. The A&S printer may be used for academic purposes, such as the Arts & Sciences Expo, for free. Dr. Chris Hill will be happy to print your poster on the A&S printer; simply bring the file to Dr. Hill by email or flash drive. Please allow 48 hours for your poster to be printed. A digital copy of each poster printed with the A&S printer is saved to facilitate printing additional copies in the future.
  2. The library poster printer, located in the Digital Media Center. This printer is loaded with regular-quality poster paper.

As reflected in the Dates & Deadlines at the top of this page, if a PowerPoint file is to be printed by Dr. Hill, the file must be sent to him several days in advance of the Expo to provide adequate time.

Mounting Posters

Don’t worry about the mounting of your poster — Dr. Hill will take care of this. To prepare a poster for display at the Exposition, the poster is mounted on a sturdy foam board using thumbtacks. Mounted posters are displayed on easels.

The Arts & Sciences Exposition

The posters will be on display in the St. Bonaventure Conference Center in Doyle Hall, as indicated in the Dates & Deadlines found at the top of this page. During the reception, the entire campus is invited to view the projects and talk to the participants.

The Reception

"Business formal" attire is appropriate. It would be helpful if the students could arrive about five minutes early. Just inside one of the entrances to the conference center, there will be a small table on which you’ll find blank name tags and a pen. Students, please use the name tags. Mentors may use their formal SBU name tags or the blank name tags. During the reception, students stand next to their posters and accept compliments and answer questions from admiring visitors. The students will not be making any formal presentations.

Delicious hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. Certainly, students may enjoy the food and drink along with everyone else.

After the Expo

After the Exposition, Dr. Hill will return all posters to the mentors.