Research Poster Guide

Purpose of a Research Poster

  • Standard format for science conferences and useful to present research in other settings
  • Allows the viewer to quickly know the research project’s purpose, methods, and results
  • Gives researcher a backdrop to answer questions about her/his research

Methods and Materials for Designing a Poster

  • Build a PowerPoint slide (maximum size 56’’ x 42’’) or poster in Publisher (maximum height 42’’)
  • Poster should include: Title, Author(s), Purpose, Methods and Materials, Discussion, Summary, and Acknowledgements
  • Keep it SIMPLE!
  • Arrange your material in a logical progression
  • Arrange materials in columns
  • Don’t try to cram too much on to the poster
  • When selecting colors and fonts use only 2 or 3 varieties in the poster; too many colors and fonts can be distracting
  • Select font colors and background colors to maximize contrast; a dark font on a light background is more easily read than vice versa
  • Choose a font size and style that can be read easily from several feet away
  • To emphasize a point, use bold or italics rather than underlining as underlined words can be more difficult to read
  • Pictures, graphs, and photos are best added by inserting rather than cut and paste
  • One hour is recommended for drying time. You do not need to remain present while your poster dries.
  • A poster tube is recommended. One can be purchased at the University Bookstore.

An Example Poster