Fracking is a controversial method of energy extraction, which has both beneficial and detrimental aspects. We will hold a class poster session on whether fracking should be prohibited or condoned in the United States. You will be assigned a stance either for or against fracking, and will need to make the most convincing case based on that stance assignment. Students on even numbered RA teams will take the anti-fracking stance.
Use one PowerPoint slide to create your poster, and save your slide as a PDF. Tips for poster design and conversion to a PDF found here: http://undergraduateresearch.as.ua.edu/presenting-your-work/making-posters/. Use this poster template as a guide: Poster Template.ppt , but get creative with fonts, color scheme, graphics, and headers that work for your content. Remember that this poster should be suitable for an academic conference – it should be eyecatching and engaging, but also clear and professional.
Posters must meet the following conditions:
· Information to include:
· Introduction: introduce the topic of your poster and your stance.
· Major findings: What cases can be made in regards to the economic, social, and environmental pillars for your stance? Use well cited and well analyzed factual evidence to explain.
· Conclusion: what are your future recommendations? More research? New policies? More public outreach? Give concrete examples of your recommendations and how they might be put to action.
· Cited information in the poster itself: you must cite the Bambrick and Whibey sources at least once each in the content of your poster, as well as two scholarly sources that you find and locate on your own. The scholarly sources must each be cited a minimum of 3 times to be “fully integrated” into your poster. This means that at a minimum, you must cite and use four independent sources – Bambrick, Whibey, Scholarly 1, Scholarly 2.
· Include a title, your name, major, university, and class standing
· Two figures (pictures, maps, charts, tables, etc.). Reference the figures and how they are relevant in the content of your poster.
· Do not overcrowd your poster with information. Summarize the most essential points.
· Title is short, creative, and draws interest.
· Word count of 800-1000 (citations excluded from word count; for this assignment use end notes rather than traditional in-text parenthetical citations to save space – see example below).
· Text is clear and to the point
· Use of bullets, numbering, and headlines make it easy to read.
· Effective, creative, and professional use of graphics, color and fonts.
· Consistent and clean layout.
· Submit as a PDF file to Canvas.
· Example of endnote citations for poster:
· The poster is the one assignment where you may use a citation format other than Chicago, and in our case foot/endnotes work best to save poster space. Your “in text” citations can either include a superscripted number, or a number in parentheses. For example:
· Superscript: There are three pillars to consider for sustainability1. There are also pros and cons to fracking2.
· Parentheses: There are three pillars to consider for sustainability (1). There are also pros and cons to fracking (2).
· Your bibliographic citations should each have a number that correlates to a specific source. For example:
· 1. Berndtson, R. 2018. Introduction Lecture. GEOG330, University of Maryland.
· 2. Wihbey, John. “Pros and Cons of Fracking: 5 Key Issues.” Yale Climate Connections. Last modified May 27, 2015. Accessed January 9, 2018.
· There is only one number assigned to one source. Therefore, if you use Wihbey more than once, you will always use the #2 for your in text citations, so that I know that information is associated with that source.
· For pictures and figures, you can put the hyperlink from that picture’s source underneath it on the poster. No need to cite further than this for pictures/images.
· The bibliographic section can be in the bottom righthand panel of your poster, and can be very minimized in text font to save more space. However, you should include the full bibliographic entry just as you would in a paper.