Poster Guidelines

Doing research requires a student to have a particular set of skills.  Transforming that research into a poster requires an additional set of skills.  Your audience will include both discipline experts as well as others who may not have the same research background but are curious to learn more about your project.  Your poster needs to be able to speak to both audiences.  

Template

Please use one of the formats provided.  You should think about the visual content and organization of your poster.  We ask though that all backgrounds be white both for visual clarity as well as for minimial printing cost.  Please stay within the margins provided in the templates.  Content that falls outside of the margins will not print.

Content of Poster

Every discipline will have its own guidelines for what should be included on a poster.  For original research, these are the categories that are typically included:

  • Introduction – This section provides a context for the research. It offers a brief description of the connection and importance of the research to a larger issue connected to your research. 
  • Purpose – This section is a statement of the purpose of the research, written in the active voice.
  • Methods – This section summarizes ithe general methods or processes used to conduct your research. Be careful to address what was done, leaving the details of how things were done to the poster presentation.
  • Results – This section summarizes the results of your research – who benefited; how many benefited; contributions to your workplace. 
  • Conclusions – This section captures the significance of the results of your work and connects those results to the larger issue presented in the introduction.

Things to Consider

  • Proofread your poster
  • Have a friend/mentor review your poster
  • Have the final draft ready to print at least 5 business days before you need it
  • Make sure that your images are adding to the narrative
  • Make sure that all content stays within the formatted margins
  • Remember that your poster not only represents you.  It also represents your college.

Rubric

During the poster sessions, faculty members will be evaluating your poster on the following criteria:

CategoryPointsEvaluation Criteria

Poster Content

1-2

Connection not found between poster content and purpose of research, question or project. Contained substantial errors (in grammar and/or spelling) and/or inaccuracies. Failed to tie the conclusions/implications of research, question or project to the bigger picture.

3

Content presented was difficult to understand and did not sufficiently convey aconnection to the research, question, or project. Conclusions/implications were somewhat unclear. Contained a number of errors and/or inaccuracies.

4

The content was adequately presented, but support for the research question, or project is somewhat general. Conclusion/implications and reflections were reasonable and showed clear ties to the broader context of the work.

5

Contains strong and well-summarized material.Clearly shows development of the research, question or project.  Material appears to provide accurate support for the purpose of research, question or project.  Presents strong conclusion/analysis of experience.

Poster Clarity

1-2

Failed to convey key ideas or information. Did not use statistics, detail and/or graphics in support of key ideas or information. 

3

Failed to convey key ideas/information in a concise fashion. Presented key points but provided few supporting details and statistics. Graphics, if present, did not clarify the topic.

4

Key points were concise and supported with details and statistics. Used some graphics to clarify the topic.

5

Presented key points in clear and concise manner. Supported all points with details and statistics. Used several graphics to clarify the topic.

Overall Poster Appearance

1-2

Lacked visual appeal. Colors and/or font distracted from content. Failed to display neatness and professionalism.

3

Was neat in appearance but lacked professional polish.  Failed in the proper use of font types and sizes, colors and color-matching, headings, and white space.

4

Poster was adequate.  Failed to optimize use of space. Needed improvement in one or two of the following areas: use of font size, colors, headings, and white space.

5

Held strong visualappeal. Offered an effective display.  Supported natural flow of information and ease of reading. Showed creativity in use of fonts, headings, colors, and white space.

Poster Organization

1-2

Lacked a clear organization. Components/content difficult to identify and find. Failed to convey a readily identified link between information presented and topic.

3

Topic was not clear. Some components and content were found, but were not clearly identified and/or not logically organized. Information presented was somewhat confusing.

4

Topic was apparent.  Most components and content were found, but lacked consistent clear identification and/or not logical organization. Presentation of content needed refinement.

5

Topic was clearly evident. Layout of poster was logical and provided sequential information from introduction to conclusions.


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