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Poster Information Guidelines for digital and paper presentations

A poster presentation allows a lot of information to be presented visually while remaining in a clear and concise format. 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.

Poster specifications for digital format (monitors)

  • Best if designed in PowerPoint
  • Widescreen format (16:9 ratio)
  • Slide size (w x h) = 55 in. x 31 in.
  • Font size no smaller than 28 pt
  • SAVE as a JPEG
  • Bring on a jump drive

Please use the following link on "how to make a poster in PowerPoint":


Poster specifications for paper format


Step 1: Printed Poster space

Poster Dimensions:

  • Maximum dimensions: 6' x 4' feet (72' wide x 48" high)
  • Minimum dimensions: 4' x 3' in size
  • Noncompliance with sizing requirements may result in forfeit of display
  • Pocatello display: push pins will be provided to affix posters to display boards
  • Meridian display: display strips/ putty will be provided to affix posters to walls

Step 2: Organize the information

Poster presentations include:

  • facts
  • program explanations
  • insights about an intervention or service delivery
  • focus on providing a clear story about the information being presented

Things to consider:

  • Implications
  • Information that is inspiring or offers potential breakthroughs
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration opportunities


  • Title(s): located 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 3: Preparing the 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 graphic 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: San serif 
    • 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); 
    • Margins:1-inch 
  • 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. 
  • 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 4: Poster setup, meet the presenter session, poster breakdown

  • Set-up: the afternoon before Research Day from 4-5 p.m. in Meridian; after 7:30 a.m. Research Day in Pocatello
  • Poster Presentation time: 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m.
  • Author present: At least one of the authors of the poster is expected to be present the entire hour of the exhibition to entertain questions and discussion with attendees.
  • Tear down: 1:00 p.m.

IF your poster is selected, the Committee requests a PDF file be provided along with the completed poster design. In an effort to reach a wider audience and expand the potential impact of Research Day, the PDF will be included in an online presentation brochure. 


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