In this assignment you will create a (digital) scientific poster that summarizes and interprets the research, findings, and conclusions of a published research paper about an astronomy topic. One goal of your summary is to make the research paper accessible to a broader audience. Use your knowledge of the conventional research article’s organization and your understanding of what makes a good summary and what makes a good research poster to decide which elements of the article are most important to include in a tightly constrained space. Also consider your audience: What information do they care about most? How can you help them understand complex topics in a short space?
Important: You must summarize the article in your own words and avoid plagiarizing the original article.
After completing this assignment, you will have gained the following skills:
- How to read and annotate a scientific study to understand how it is structured and what it is about
- How to identify the most important aspects of a scientific article
- How to summarize a scientific article for the general public
- How to visually organize information to make it easy to read and understand
- How to cite your sources
You are free to choose any astronomy-related topic for this assignment. You are encouraged to choose a topic related to a lecture or assignment from ASTR 150. Use Web of Science and Google Scholar to find a scientific article that you want to summarize.
The audience for this assignment is members of the general public who have an interest in astronomy topics. Think of a UW undergraduate who might be interested in attending a science poster session to learn more about astronomy and other scientific topics.
One PowerPoint or Google Slides slide that could hypothetically be printed as a poster. You can choose the layout and design based on what you think best summarizes the information for you audience, but you design must include the following elements:
- The original study’s title, with the subtitle “Adapted by [your name].”
- Text boxes containing summaries based on relevant sections of the article. Which sections you decide to include will depend on your particular article.
- Relevant and informative images, graphs, or tables taken from your article, or found from the Web. You do not need to re-create images yourself, but you must cite them according to APA format!
- Clear attention to writing a concise, precise, and informative summary of the article.
- Clear attention to how text, layout, color, and images work together to create a document that is readable, compelling, and persuasive.
- A full citation of the article you are using. See the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) for citation help.
This Canvas page is the overview for this assignment. You do not turn in anything on this Canvas page. Listed below are the due dates and links for this assignment.