Tips For Preparing Your Poster
* The easels are 4 ft. by 4 ft. (these are provided).
* You should have a caption for your poster that includes the title and your name. Also indicate the name of your faculty sponsor. All printing should be legible from 3 ft. away. Usually titles are in a larger font than the rest of the text.
* Arrange the information so that it is presented in a manner that is clear and practical. Frequently the sections included are:
o Abstract — You can use the same abstract that is included in the pamphlet. The abstract should give a 1–2 sentence rational of the study, 1–2 sentence of what the methodology was, 1–2 sentence of results, and the implications.
o Introduction or Background – This section should provide the rationale for your study. Give people reading your poster an idea of the important research in the area, and the theory and empirical work that lead to your hypotheses. It is helpful if you include your research questions or hypotheses at the end of this section.
o Methods — Describe the subjects, procedure, design, and measures of your study. If relevant you can also provide a table describing the participants or greater detail about a measure you used, if applicable.
o Results — It is helpful to organize this section around the specific research question or hypotheses you presented earlier. Many times people describe their analyses, and summarize briefly, but most information is presented in a table(s) or figure(s).
o Conclusions — What important points should we take away from your study? What are the implications for future research?
* Try not to present too much material such that your poster appears cluttered. It may be helpful to show your poster to graduate students and the faculty you have worked with to get feedback before it is printed.
* We will have push pins there the day of the event for you to use in attaching your poster to the easel.
* If you would like to prepare a longer one–page summary to distribute during the session you may prepare this as well.