Guidlines for Poster Presentation
A poster is not a paper; it is more like a billboard. You have less than three minutes to get the idea of your project across to your audience. Do not burden them with data; rather, leave them with the concept of your project.
The following are important pieces of information that should be included on your poster:
- Your Name
- Project Advisor's Name
- Title of Project
- Objectives (list no more than three)
- Methods (How did you go about the project?)
- Results (list them or use visuals, graphs, pictures)
*Reference information does not have to be on the poster, but be prepared to provide this information if asked. When preparing your poster, remember: Be Simple. Don't include too many details. You are there to provide additional information to the viewer. Emphasize results and conclusions. Format text as bullet points, especially the conclusions.
Think Big: Everything should be legible from 4 feet away. The poster may be whatever size you need to get all your information included. Remember to use large type (2-3" in height) for your title and major headings. Suggested type sizes: use 84 pt for title, 42 pt for authors and addresses, 30 pt for section headings, 24 pt for text.
Be Colorful: Use color to provide both consistency and highlights. Remember that you may be the only person there who understands your area of study! Be sure to succinctly, but thoroughly, present your research findings.
Present Data in Graphs: Remember: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Avoid tables of data whenever possible. If you must incorporate data, use a bar or line graph. People will not remember numbers, but they will remember a "trend line." Keep graph labels short. If a longer label is required, consider using all horizontal labels rather than a vertical one to avoid twisting heads in your audience.
A tri-fold poster board works well because it will sit on a table. You can purchase these at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or Wal-Mart. If you are using an easel, your poster will need to be stiff enough to stand up on its own. Regular poster board does not stand up well on our easels. Plan to use foam board or bring some type of firm backing for your poster.
Posters should be no larger than 44” x 33”.
All Honors students are required to present their Honors project at the Poster Presentation.
Please contact the Honors Program Office with any questions regarding the poster presentation.