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What is a research poster?
Research posters are an effective way of visually sharing your research. A poster usually includes brief text with tables, graphs, pictures, and other necessary information.
The following sections are usually included on a poster:
- Authors and their affiliations
- Materials and methods
What does a good poster include?
- Short, catchy title
- Bullets, numbering, and headings that make it easy to read
- Consistent and clean layout
- Important information can be read from 10 feet away
- Include citations for any sources used
- Avoid jargons and acronyms
- Includes acknowledgments, your name, and institutional affiliation
- Arrange content in the order that people naturally read. In English, we read left to right, top to bottom
- Arrange content in 2-4 columns
- Leave white space around the entire poster and between content, keeping spaces even
Image Credit: Compiled from Hess, G.R., K. Tosney, and L. Liegel. 2014. Creating Effective Poster Presentations.
- Stick to 2-3 colors
- Use dark text on a light background
- Do not use excessively bright colors
- Be aware of color schemes that may cause issues for those with problems differentiating colors (e.g. red and green next to each other)
- Use sans serif (e.g. Arial) fonts for titles and headings
- Use serif (e.g. Times New Roman) fonts for text
- Font size depends on the size of your poster. Some guidelines:
- Title: 80-120 point
- Names/Affiliations: 60-90 point
- Headings: 44-80 point
- Text: 32-52 point
- Graphics should be large enough to be read from a few feet away
- Do not use clipart or generic graphics
- Give all graphics (charts, tables, graphs, photographs) a title
Consult with a librarian
To begin your research, consult with a Polk State College librarian. The librarians can help you research effectively, discover more about your topic, and find credible information efficiently.