1. Prepare your poster well in advance.
you leave your poster to the last minute, you will not be able to benefit from
your advisor’s help and suggestions. Complete your poster well in advance of
when you need to send it to the printer so that your advisor can help you make
it as good as possible.
2. Make the lettering and figures easy to read.
that your poster will be read by viewers from 2 to 3 feet away, so make the
font large enough so that it can be easily read without having to stand right
in front of it. Less is often more when it comes to the amount of content you
should plan to include in your poster presentation. Your poster should be
visually attractive and engaging. However, don’t overdo "cutesy” additions such
as clip art or colored fonts. Ask your advisor for a sample poster that he or
she liked from a previous student and use this as a model.
3. Plan to be there to present your own poster.
rely on someone else to be there to present your poster for you. If you have
submitted your poster and it was accepted, you should be there (barring any
truly unforeseen emergency). People who are interested in your work will be in
attendance and will want to discuss specific details about your study.
handouts to distribute to people who take an interest in your poster. E-mail
cards should be available so people don’t need to write down your e-mail when
you run out of copies. Also, be sure to have someone take your picture in front
of the poster so you can show it off proudly to family, friends, and advisor
when you return home!
This article was prepared by Susan Krauss Whitbourne, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst (Psi Chi Eastern Region Vice-President, 2006–07) and mailed in the Psi Chi Eastern Region's Spring 2007 mailing. It was updated in January 2015.