Posters should be intelligible for an educated, but non-expert, non-technical audience. People from all backgrounds and fields will be visiting students' posters and hearing what they have learned. Students will be required to stand by their posters during the session, and to make brief (5 minutes or less) presentations about their work. Again, the presentation should be intelligible for an educated, but lay audience.
We will offer workshops for interested students on preparing both the visual and oral components of an effective poster presentation. Students in fields where poster presentations are less common are especially encouraged to attend, but all are welcome.
Tips for poster design
- All posters should be 36" x 48" however the maximum size allowed is 40" x 60".
- Depending on the font style, the font size should generally be no smaller than 24.
- Divide your content into short chunks of text. Numbered or bulleted lists are easy to read. Examples of discrete sections that can be included in a poster: title, author name(s) and affiliations, abstract, introduction/background, methods, results, discussion, conclusion, references, acknowledgements.
- Figures, graphs, photos, and diagrams should be labeled and relevant to the topic. Omit distracting, superfluous decorations.
- Handouts are optional, but they can be used to provide detailed information for which there is no room on the main poster.
- Posters should be reasonably accessible to an educated, but lay audience. You do not need to avoid jargon entirely, but it should not be indecipherable.
Poster design and assembly WILL take longer than you expect. Aim to have your poster done several days in advance, to give yourself a buffer of time.
Advice for Students Presenting Their Posters
In the presentation, students should:
- Summarize the research, stating its thesis, argument, purpose, and method;
- Set forth the evidence in support or in contradiction of the thesis;
- Discuss the larger significance of the research.
*adapted from Northwestern University