Poster Presentation Guidelines

Posters have become an increasingly popular method for presentation of research at scientific meetings, as they promote greater interaction between the researcher and other scientists. A properly constructed poster can be used repeatedly, and become part of a long-term display.

  • Size GuidelinesThe boards being provided are meant to be shared by two presenters on each side. Therefore, please print to no larger than 4 feet wide by 3 feet high. Posters that are larger than this size will be folded to fit and only the visible portion will be eligible for judging.


  • Include the abstract title, author name[s], and the institution where the work was completed in large letters at the top of the poster.
  • Use headings: Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions
  • Posters should stimulate discussion. Therefore, keep text to a minimum.
  • Emphasize graphics and ensure that every item included is necessary.
  • Pay attention to the overall visual design of the poster.
  • Place related materials (e.g. photo with accompanying text) close together, and group them by framing with blank space or borders.
  • Space your information proportionally: divide your poster either horizontally or vertically into three or four sections, and place your materials within those spaces.
  • Type size should be at least 36 points for text and at least 20 points for captions. Materials must be easily read at a distance of 4 feet. Small type or carelessly prepared handwritten copy is unacceptable.
  • Poster Hanging- Thumb pins will be provided for hanging posters
You will be able to hang your posters on Wednesday, April 15 from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM.
  • Presentation Time – Presenters must be at the assigned space during the designated time to discuss the work presented.
  • Judging – Posters that do not have a presenter present during the designated time will be ineligible for judging.
  • Poster Removal - Please plan to keep your poster up until 5:00 PM on April 16.