Creating a Quality Poster
The poster session is required participation and it is designed with the
- To allow attendees to see what everyone has done, since the talks
are concurrent, attendees can't go to all the subsequent talks
- To drive attendees to YOUR talk. if your poster is so enticing,
then more people will want to see more about what you did,
and thus go to your talk
- To be seen for the BEST POSTER AWARD. All posters are evaluated
by faculty and rated. An award goes to the best poster each quarter
You can find sample posters (from previous colloquiums) posted in the hallway
on the third floor of UW1.
- Be sure your name is on your poster and you have a clear title.
- Do not just print out your Powerpoint slides and paste them
on a poster board.
- Your poster should have a clear purpose, a purpose that a reader
can immediately grasp.
- Make sure someone knows what you've done without verbal explanation,
that the poster information is effectively conveyed and specific
points are well explained.
- The poster must be big enough to both be readable and accommodate
an adequate amount of material. Size of 36 by 48 inches is standard.
- Organize the flow and graphics so that they are visible to
someone standing a few feet away from you.
(Make sure the font pointsize is big enough.)
- It's hard to see white paper on a white board but a simple solution
is to put colored paper behind the white (with some showing) to
offset the white.
- Different ways to organize the content include temporal, topical,
problem/solution, or cause/effect.
- Remember that we read left to right and top to bottom. The flow
becomes more natural, clearer when you've incorporated this orientation.
Here is some good advice (from CSS 301) on
making a perfect poster.
Now evaluate if you made a good poster as your advisor will be --
Suggestions for poster design are given at
(Although these suggestions were published for student researchers,
many of the ideas are also applicable to your capstone posters.)
Courtesy of the NASA Space Grant Consortium, are two worksheets:
NASA Space Grant website
to learn more about how to create an effective poster presentation.
You do not need to spend money on a poster, but for most students, you'll
want to print a nice poster. For a reasonable price, you can get your
poster printed at the Office of Research of UWB.
The Office of Research also offers poster workshops; see their
upcoming events list to see when their next poster workshop is.