Poster sessions are frequently used as a means to convey information in a brief format in classrooms, conferences and symposia, and workshops. Designing effective poster presentations is an art unto itself. This guide provides resources to make the process easier.
"It takes intelligence, even brilliance, to condense and focus information into a clear, simple presentation that will be read and remembered. Ignorance and arrogance are shown in a crowded, complicated, hard-to-read poster." Mary Helen Briscoe
Posters provide a mechanism to facilitate the rapid communication of ideas. The poster presentation is NOT the pasting of a scholarly article on poster board or foam-core and standing by to defend the results reproduced in miniature on the "poster." However, it is far too often that one attends a conference poster session and finds this format to dominate the method of poster presentations.
The poster presentation should represent a “...well-designed, eye-catching, and engaging... display of research or scientific information.” The poster should convey the results of scholarly activities as to promote the achievements of the poster's presenter.
Included below are a collection of guidelines and tips for preparing and delivering your poster presentation during Student Scholars Day. It is crucial that these guidelines are followed closely to avoid any problems on the day of the event.
Before the day of the event, it is crucial that you check assigned location and time of presentation. If you have a 9 AM presentation, you may begin arriving at 8 AM to allow for set-up time.
You can access current presenter information from the Event Day Information page.
You should adhere to the following guidelines:
There are several different ways to prepare a poster presentation. Each academic discipline will have its own set of standards that you should follow. Contact your faculty mentor to ensure that you are following the correct format.
These tips are for using the plotter. The plotter is located in the Mary Idema Pew Library. The cost to use the plotter is $25.00 which covers the cost of one print. This cost must be paid by each presenter or faculty mentor (or the department). If you are paying out of pocket you need to pay at the cashier in Student Services. The IT Helpdesk will no longer take IDCs for payment. Please notify your department to contact the IT Helpdesk if they are covering your cost. The plotter will be available any time the Help Desk is staffed (which should be all hours the Library is open).
You may also be interested in the Digital Print Shop at GVSU.
Each academic discipline has its own standards and expectations for poster design. Be sure to contact your faculty mentor about the expected design and format for your particular discipline.
There are many places around campus where representative posters are displayed. Consult the following locations for examples:
On the day of the event you will need to arrive early and get your poster displayed. All posters must be in place by 8:45 AM. You will be provided with either easels, backboards, and clips, or tacks and/or Velcro strips to hang your poster (depending upon location). Several SSD Committee members and volunteers will be on hand if you need any assistance in locating your poster location or obtaining clips/tacks. You should also make arrangements to have your poster removed beginning at 5:00 PM. You will need to be available to discuss your poster during the one hour time block you were assigned when you registered. Be sure to double check this time prior to the day of the event. During this hour you will discuss your poster with participants and answer any questions that the viewers may have regarding your project. Consider the following tips for this presentation:
If you need additional assistance or tips in preparing your poster presentation beyond the scope of this document, the following faculty may be able to help you:
Much of this guide was created by Fred Stoss at University of Buffalo. More information including poster instructions, layouts, and examples can be found at http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/asl/guides/bio/posters.html.