Poster Presentations

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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 make a brief (5 minutes or less) presentation about their work. 

Poster design and assembly will take longer than you expect. Aim to have your poster done several days in advance to give yourself plenty of time for editing and practice. We suggest using one of the official UAB Poster Templates; however, you are welcome to use your own design. Abstract submissions for Fall Expo are closed.

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. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a session.


  • Poster Design/Assembly
  • Poster Example
  • Printing Services
  • Resources
When you are putting your poster together, think of the following elements: 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. Posters should be no larger than 40" x 60" (landscape or portrait) and will be assigned to either an easel or a table for display. Presenters will be provided with 40" x 60" cardboard tri-fold poster boards. These poster boards will be available on the day of the Expo.

expo poster sample

    The resources below will help you at every stage of your poster presentation - from initial planning to tips for successfully presenting.

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    Oral Presentations

    For oral presentations, content versus presentation time is a delicate and important balance. Students may use a poster as a visual aid during their oral presentation but, it is encouraged to use a digital presentation using one of the UAB Presentation TemplatesAspects such as creativity, discovery, integration, application, innovation, and entrepreneurship along with enthusiasm, accuracy, and smooth delivery is key. The abstract and work to be presented does not need to be a finished product; however, it is imperative that it is logically presented and clearly demonstrated. 

    Preparation will take longer than you expect. Aim to have your presentation done several days in advance, to give yourself time to rehearse and edit. Assistance through rehearsal sessions are available upon request; schedule a session by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


    • Requirements
    • Tips

    • Oral presentations will be no more than 15 minutes (12 minutes presentation +3 minutes Question and Answer session). Students should expect to present in the order listed in the Symposium program. A faculty moderator will be present at each session to introduce the student presenters to the audience and to keep track of the allotted time. Students will receive a 2-minute warning (after 10 minutes of presenting) to indicate their 12-minute time limit is about to expire.
    • Include the sections: Introduction, Aim(s), Method(s), Result(s), Conclusion(s), and Reference. This is a generalized format with the understanding that presentation of material included in this section will differ across disciplines.
    • Set forth the evidence in support or in contradiction of the thesis.
    • Discuss the larger significance of the research. 

    • If using a digital aid, the general rule of thumb is to review no more than one slide per minute
    • Handouts may be helpful for both you and the audience, although they are not required.
    • Students should use their prepared remarks or notes as a guide. Students are not expected to memorize presentations; however, they should be prepared to make frequent eye contact with the audience. 

    Visual Aid: Power Point

      1. Keep slides clutter free.
      2. Have dark font on a light background. Be sure to have a font size that is legible at a distance when projected.
      3. Italics, script, and the use of all capitalization should be used sparingly.
      4. Use of animation, clip art, sound, or other design elements are not critical and should be kept to a minimum.

    Visual Aid Resources

    Technology (projector and screen) will be available for students selected to give an oral presentation. Please take note that students are responsible for the following:

      1. Students using the provided laptops should save their presentation to a portable USB flash drive.
      2. Students may bring their own laptop.
      3. It is the responsibility of the student presenter to bring an appropriate VGA adapter for their Mac laptop.