Poster Information Guidelines
The Research Day Committee is excited that there will be multiple posters presented at each campus offering students and faculty a unique opportunity to access rich content on practices, strategies, and research findings.
A poster presentation allows a lot of information to be presented visually while remaining in a clear and concise format. These guidelines were created to help you design effective poster presentations in both digital and paper formats.
Right Size Your Poster
Noncompliance with sizing requirements may result in forfeit of display!
Digital Format (Monitors) Specifications
Printed Format Specifications
Prepare with Care
To ensure you prepare an effective poster, follow these three steps.
Step 1: Organize the Information
Types of information to include
- Program explanations
- Insights about an intervention or service delivery
- Clear story about the information being presented
Things to consider
- Information that is inspiring or offers potential breakthroughs
- Interdisciplinary collaboration opportunities
Headers to use on your poster
- Title(s): Locate at the top of the poster; its the advertisement that encourages others to take the time to read the poster and talk with you
- Author(s): Author(s)'s name(s) and affiliation(s) are on the second line, below the poster title
- Introduction: Overview of the topic/activity/program/problem that is the subject of the poster: 3 to 5 clear sentences that explain the poster subject matter and the focus of the presentation (e.g., the target of the research, what was explored, the problem that was examined, etc)
- Methods/Activities: Describe what was done (methodology, interventions, actions taken)
- Results: Describe what happened using, but not limited to, self-explanatory text; graphs, or tables (may include legends); an interpretation of results
- Lessons Learned/Implications: Provide observations, recommendations, and insights other programs might be able to use; focus on specifics
Step 2: Prepare Your Poster
- Order of Materials: Make clear what information is to be read first and in what order; (suggestion: number sections/pages/use directional arrows for flow)
- Tabular Data: Use tables when the goal is to present data under a small number of categories.
- Types of Graphs: Bar and pie; for presenting big-picture insight into findings, use explanatory text next to the graphical data
- Text amount and design
- Type Size: Large enough to be seen easily: posters may be viewed in exhibit halls by persons standing anywhere from 1-6 feet away
- Font Style: Sanserif
- Case: Use upper and lower case; avoid all caps.
- Headers: Font size no less than 1 inch high
- Body Text: Font size no less than ½-inch high
- Lettering: Bold
- Typed material: Large font size (20 to 24 point font);
- Colors: Avoid more than three colors in most cases; a black-white poster can be very effective when using white space, shading, or varying font sizes.
- Background/paper color/texture: White, pale yellow or cream colored non-glossy paper
- Abbreviations/Acronyms: Avoid using
- Walk-Away Information: Business cards; include contact information on the poster (name, email)
Step 3: Review and Proofread
- Generate a PDF of the poster and make sure all looks good.
- After you have everything prepared, take the time to proofread and make sure there are no typographical errors.
- Also, ask someone who is not familiar with the research to review and provide feedback.
Be There on Research Day
- Merdian: The afternoon before Research Day from 4-5 pm
- Pocatello: On Research Day after 7:30 am
- 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m.
- At least one of the authors of the poster must be present the entire hour of the exhibition to entertain questions and discussion with attendees
- 1:00 p.m.