Poster Presentation Guidelines and Workshops

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Poster Presentation Guidelines and Workshops

Poster Presentation Workshops — March 4 and 6
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This two-part workshop series will walk you through the initial step of distilling your research project text into a structured poster format (Part 1) and visually consider the best design strategies to draw visual clarity & interest to your poster (Part 2). 

Poster Guidelines


Each poster will be mounted on a stand that includes a tack board that is: 40 inches wide (102 centimeters) X 36 inches tall (91 centimeters)

Your posters must fit on this board.

How to prepare your poster:

There are two methods of preparing your posters.

1. Prepare individual frames made with 8 X 11 paper. These frames can be pinned directly to the poster boards. Be sure that all of your pages will fit within the poster-board size indicated above.


2. Design a large print poster on a single piece of paper. There are many methods of doing this but one simple method is to use a single PowerPoint slide with a custom page size. The text boxes, tables, images, and colour schemes may be changed. To view the entire slide as it will appear as a poster, change the view percentage value to "Fit Page". To work on the text itself you will need a larger view so you can change the view % to whatever suits your needs.

Once you have completed your poster you can save your PowerPoint slide to a disk or memory stick and bring this to the 5th floor of the library for printing - the library has a large scale printer.

There is a cost associated with large size printing. You may inquire with your Graduate Program Director about applying for graduate student conference funds to cover the cost of printing the poster. The library typically needs three to four days for these print jobs. The library link for large scale printing instructions is:

Completed poster will be tacked to the poster boards and thumb-tacks will be provided.

Poster presenters should also prepare an 8 X 10 handout to give to conference attendees visiting their poster.

If you have any questions about poster format please feel free to contact John McNamara, 

Tips — What makes a good poster?

When you look at your poster, it should be easy to read, logical to follow, and neat.

You want to communicate effectively — brief but clear writing, main points highlighted, enough information to understand research question and hypothesis.

And you want a professional appearance — easy to read posters feature large font, high quality graphics, and are not too cluttered.

Poster sections — generally be sure to include the following:

a. Title of research proposal, group members and affiliation (i.e., Brock University)
b. Brief introduction: literature review that should provide a basic understanding of the topic area for any reader (i.e., what is your topic, why is it important, what is currently known in the literature, what are the key terms/definitions they need to understand). Most importantly, it should highlight the most relevant studies, pointing out gaps, criticisms, or limitations in the current literature. This will set the stage for why your study is important. It should conclude with the purpose (or research question) and hypothesis.
c. Method: participants (number, gender, age, inclusion/exclusion criteria, how they were recruited and selected), a brief description of materials (e.g., questionnaires, equipment) used, and procedures that were followed. Think about all your relevant variables (independent/dependent/extraneous) and how each is assessed.
d. Results: here, you will include the results of your study. What data analysis did you conduct? The results will be specific to answer your research question. You may wish to include a table or graph.
e. Discussion: was your hypothesis supported or not? Why or why not? How do your results compare to existing studies; how will the results of the study be used (applied or theoretical implications), limitations to the study, what research should follow next.