Presenting a Poster

Poster Printing

IMPORTANT NOTE: Posters will be mounted on easels. Therefore, the recommended poster size is no larger than 30" wide x 40" long.

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Deadline: February 15, 2017
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What Makes a Good Poster?


  • Important information should be readable from about 10 feet away
  • Title is short and draws interest
  • Word count of about 300 to 800 words
  • Text is clear and to the point
  • Use of bullets, numbering, and headlines make it easy to read
  • Effective use of graphics, color and fonts
  • Consistent and clean layout
  • Includes acknowledgments, your name and institutional affiliation


Your poster will consist of a combination of headings, text, illustrations, charts, and diagrams. The amount of each will vary depending on the topic and the research you conducted. Headings may include title, introduction, methods, results, recommendations and conclusions. It is recommended to follow this general format:

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The viewers of your poster display will be educated, but not necessarily in your field. Jargon and acronyms specific to the research or discipline should be kept to a minimum.

Elements of your Poster

Props or objects

You (in consultation with your faculty sponsor) may wish to incorporate physical objects, demonstrations, or apparatus. The removal of these objects during the times they are not in use, or that they will be unattended, is the responsibility of each student.


The major headline on the top of your display should include: the title, the student(s) name(s), and the college/department/faculty sponsor(s) name(s).


There are a number of conventions in poster design and it can be a good idea to follow them. People tend to read a poster either from left to right (in rows) or from up to down (in columns) in a logical order. Generally, you should lay out your poster material in vertical columns so people can follow your story as they move from left to right. Use the center area of the display area for methods used and results.

Displaying your poster

Posters will be displayed on an individual easel; either horizontally or vertically. A foam board and clips will also be provided for student use during their designated session. You should plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to your assigned time to allow for setup.