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Poster Presentation Tips

What is a Poster?

conference attendees in front of poster displaysA poster is a visual presentation of your research. It should be in a form that someone could fully read in five to ten minutes. A common size for a poster is 48 inches wide by 36 inches high.

Sample Poster Sections

  • Title
  • Introduction/Background
  • Research Question
  • Design & Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusions & Implications
  • References
  • Questions

Presenting your Poster

Student presenting poster to audiencePrepare a talk that you can give about your poster in 2 to 3 minutes. Present your poster to a friendly practice audience first. Practice enough so that you can give your talk about your poster with an easy familiarity. Remember to face your audience and not your poster! In many poster sessions you may end up having a conversation with one or two people for an extended period of time.

Resources:

Preparing a Poster, Guide for Undergraduate Research (Science)

Guidelines for Poster Preparation (Natural Science)

Colorado State University

American Anthropological Association (AAA). Although AAA-specific, there are some very good general suggestions.

Colin Purrington's blog on designing effective conference posters.