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RESOURCES: Poster Pointers

Poster Pointers

1. Prepare your poster well in advance.
If 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.
Remember 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.
Don’t 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.

4. Extras.
Bring 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.

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