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Poster Presentation Guidelines

A poster is a graphically based approach to presenting research. In presenting your research with a poster, you should aim to use the poster as a means for generating active discussion of the research. A poster is usually composed of a short title, an introduction to your question, an overview of your investigative approach, your results, and discussion of your results, and some brief acknowledgement of the assistance and financial support, if applicable.

Effective posters are:

  • Concise and organized,
  • Visually appealing, and
  • Legible from 3-6 feet distance.

We will provide a tri-fold poster board (36 x 48 inch, illustration of the poster board below) and the table where your poster should be able to stand alone. Visual aides and handouts can be used. Powerpoint presentations and other computer-based audio-visuals may ONLY be used if they are approved in advance.

This side panel is approximately 12" wide and 36" tall.
This area is approximately
24" wide and 36" tall.
This side panel is approximately 12" wide and 36" tall.

In general, poster presentations are designed to relate information to the audience without excessive verbal explanation. Well-designed posters are appealing in their balance of visual information, e.g., pictures, graphs, tables, etc. complemented by captions, written explanations, etc.

Posters should include:

  1. a title giving the name of the project, and identifying the student author and faculty mentor
  2. an introduction stating the problem to be solved,  ideas described or discovered, or proofs to be established
  3. a body presenting information using written descriptions and/or visual models with captions
  4. a conclusion summarizing the work and perhaps suggesting new avenues of discovery inspired by the student’s research

For advice in preparation for poster presentations, please contact Dr. Sunghee Lee