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Poster guidelines


The objectives of this project are to

  • Allow you to explore an organic chemistry process, issue or problem.
  • Broaden the knowledge of the entire class via an in-lab presentation of your poster.
  • Develop or sharpen computer-related skills such as technical writing, poster design and drawing of chemical structures.
  • Help build project planning skills such as time-management, research skills, and problem-solving.

The poster

The objective of the poster is to educate someone about a topic that interests you in organic chemistry - lots of free reign here. As such, your poster should be written for a reader with a knowledge level equivalent to that of someone enrolled in sophomore organic chemistry course but ignorant about your particular topic. Keep your topic narrowly focused. You may presume that your audience has taken freshman chemistry, high school level chemistry, physics, and biology. Feel free to go as far with this as you like! In general, your poster should

  • inform the reader about some organic process
  • include relevant graphic images that support the text
  • exhibit elements of good design: appearance, readability, grammar, spelling,   proper background color selection.
  • cite any sources used, including other web sites

For detail guidelines and requirements for poster assignment go here (External Link)

Presentation of poster to class

  • Posters will be presented by each student during his/her regularly scheduled lab section. Arrive in lab on time and set up your poster.
  • You should be prepared to explain your poster to audience. Presentations will begin 10 minutes after class has begun.
  • All posters will be judged/graded by both the instructor and your Teaching Assistant according to the criteria outlined.
  • When the poster session is over, you are responsible for removing your poster.

Point breakdown

Your final grade for this project will be based on evaluations by both the instructor (50%) and your TA (50%) according to the following criteria:

Content  (accuracy, educational value, relevance to Organic Chemistry and other) 40 %
Structure (overall design appeal, graphics, grammar, spelling, citations, legibility, etc.) 40 %
Class Presentation (clarity, organization, preparation, answers on questions from audience) 20 %

Grading in more detail:

Your grade will be based on a weighted sum of the following items, determined during and after the presentation:


  • relevant to Organic Chemistry? 10pts
  • has a great educational value? 10pts
  • has accurate information? 10pts
  • topic matches poster content? 10pts


  • has a good design? (effective arrangement of material, uncluttered and looking professionally) 5pts
  • chemical structures are drawn in ChemDraw (i. e. not copied! ) and legible from 5-6 ft distance? 5pts
  • graphics are not blurry or pixelated? 5pts
  • figures and graphics are explained and labeled?images relevant to purpose of the poster? 5pts (for both q.)
  • "easy to follow" flow of information? consistent formatting? 5pts (for both q.)
  • has font sizes that can be read easily?correct grammar and spelling? 5pts (for both q.)
  • schemes and diagrams not excessive in detail? 5pts
  • background color does not interfere with the text? 5pts

Class presentation:

  • talk was "clear" and well organized? 5pts
  • made eye contact with audience? 5pts
  • presenter was well prepared?did not read presentation off the notes? 5pts (for both q.)
  • answered on questions from the audience? 5pts

How to fail:

  • Have no or few or improperly cited references.
  • Use illustrations that are hard to interpret.
  • Cite no sources for your figures, ideas, or other data.
  • In your talk, ramble on and on without purpose or point; or alternatively quickly finish your talk and convey little or no information.
  • Don't bother to proof read or use a spell checker.
  • Don't bother practicing.
  • Don't bother trying to understand what you are talking about.
  • Don't bother worrying about Organic Chemistry; assume that pretty pictures are all you really need.
  • Use giant or tiny type everywhere (both make it impossible to convey much information).
  • Poor presentation.

How to draw chemical structures and reactions

Rice University purchased ChemDraw software for students so they could draw chemical structures or used provided templates for their posters or other academic needs. Software is available on Owlnet PCs (Mudd lab, Fondren Library, Dell Butcher Hall, etc.)Unfortunately, CambridgeSoft Corporation, the Company which produce ChemDraw, does not supply their product with demo movies on how to draw chemical structures, 2D or 3D objects. To get you familiar with this powerful chemical drawing tool we will use short movies provided by Advanced Chemistry Development Corporation (www.acdlabs.com). ACD Corporation market their own chemical drawing program named ChemSketch. There are little differences between these two programs, ChemSketch and ChemDraw, but most of the features are the same. If for any reason you find ChemSketch more useful you can download it and use free of charge for academic purposes: (External Link) (You may be asked to fill in registration form prior to downloading.)

Questions & Answers

How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
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