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WORKSHOP: Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities Fair

Tips to Prepare your Posters & Presentations for the Research Fair

Create the Poster

Posters are typically laid out in "landscape" (48" wide x 36 " high), but may be done in "portrait" (36" wide x 48" high).

Often there are 3-4 columns across with 1-3 blocks of text and image in each column, but there is no one right way. Try to keep some white space on the poster so viewers can absorb the information quickly and comfortably while standing at the poster fair.

The title of your poster may be slightly different from your paper's title. Choose a title that will attract viewers and convey your central point. Use 100+ point font for the title and keep it to 1-2 lines. Use slightly smaller font for your name and affiliation.

Aim for a total of 300-500 words on your poster. Do not paste large blocks of text--you do not want to overwhelm viewers with walls of texts.

Sample poster layout:

Poster Design Software

PowerPoint Resources

Finding Images

Be careful that your images don't get too pixelated if you increase the size.

(Remember: ALL images, graphs, and other visual elements not created by you should have a citation.)

Making Charts

Printing the Poster

Print the poster for free at The CAMP

They are located in the Learning Resources Center, 125A Eiche. Phone: (814) 949-5301 | 

Note: If you are using the CAMP lab for printing, the maximum width they can print is 42 inches. The height can be as tall as you want. 

***Please allow a minimum of 2 weeks of time***

The Center for Additive Manufacturing & Printing

Presenting the Poster

What to Bring

--Handout of your main points

--Notebook and pen to collect contact information of interested visitors

--Business cards to share your information

--Bibliography or any other resources related to your work to share

--Bottle of water (you may spend a lot of time talking)

During the Poster Session

--Stand to the side of your poster so visitors can see it easily

--Make eye contact and be approachable

--Give the visitor time to read your poster

--Memorize the layout of your poster so you don’t need to turn your back to visitors while explaining


Answering Questions

--Have some answers ready to go for basic questions such as “what did you learn?” “have you considered/looked at x, y, z?” “who else is doing similar research?”

--If you don't know the answer to a question, ask for their email and tell them you will get back to them

--If a question is outside of the scope of your research, you can say “that’s not something we examined”