Poster Design

  1. Elements of a poster
  • Title
  • Introduction(hypothesis)
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgements(optional)
  • References( use short in text citations instead of a section)
  1. Guidelines for Poster Design
  • Should appeal to your audience
  • Text should be large enough for far reading
  • Should be easy to follow
  • Easy to understand
  • Text should be simple
  1. Planning the poster
  • Determine the size and sketch it
  • Develop a hierarchy of information(start from general to specific)
  • Paper size must be the same for both poster and the design software
  1. Selecting fonts and text
  • Use no more than three fonts
  • Write titles in “sentence case’ instead of ‘title case’ or ‘ALL CAPS”
  • Use at least 48 point for titles and 24 point font for body text
  • Aim to have 800 words max
  • Cite Your sources
  • Make sure to provide empty space between each information (40% graphic ,35% empty space, 25% text)
  1. Making the poster
  • QuarkXPress,InDesign,LaTex,Scribus,Illustator
  • Save your poster to PDF


  • Marvin will print out the poster for us, but we need to review it before we hand it to him

Writing Abstracts For Research Project

What is an abstract?

An abstract is self-contained summary of a project that is discipline-specific, audience-specific, and includes searchable keywords.

Information included in an abstract?

  1. motivation/significance
  2. problem/purpose
  3. methodology
  4. conclusion
  5. implication

Tips for writing abstracts

  • determine your primary audience
  • establish the importance of your project
  • be clear and concise, and use language suitable to your audience
  • discuss your abstract with your faculty mentor



Workshop Poster Presentations

1.How to Present Research

  • Poster has to be easy to understand &straight to point
  • Speak out background first

2.Crafting Story

  • Describe research topic
  • Introduce data and how you get it
  • What method of analysis?
  • Conclusion about the findings
  • what are the next step for research?Does it lead to a new research question and project question.

3.Creating Handouts

  • My name
  • Project title
  • Contact info
  • Small print of my poster
  • Supplemental information (data)
  • Optimize for letter size paper

4. Criteria for Effective Communication

  • Give audience your full attention
  • Be conversational-translate the poster that anyone can understand
  • Make eye-contact 70-80% of the time
  • Adapt the message to the audience
  • Make sure to smile and speak clearly
  • use sign post
  • speak clearly and loudly
  • taken form

5.Answering Questions

  • Be proactive-create a small FAQ based on what I think the most common questions will be
  • Get the audience involve to answer these questions
  • If I don’t know the answer, then don’t make up things and admit to the adudience

6.Managing Anxiety

  • Realize the nervousness is normal
  • Practice and preparation are the best ways to manage anxiety
  • Understand that it is ok to not have all the answers
  • Focus on speaking clearly

7.Day of the Presentation

  • Dress professionally
  • Wear a name tag if possible
  • Stay close to the poster
  • Engage people as they approach my poster