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Student Research Conference Poster Guidelines

Poster Guidelines

Poster Presentation Guidelines

A poster session is a graphic presentation of an authors' study. Research should primarily reflect the student’s work. Findings are illustrated by displaying graphs, photos, diagrams and a small amount of text through a poster-presentation format. The author remains by his/her poster during the established conference time with other poster presenters, for roughly two hours. During this time, the author has the opportunity to discuss their study and findings with other conference attendees and judges circulating among the poster presentations.

To present a poster, you should submit an abstract of 100 words or less at the WT SRC conference registration website.

Poster Board Displays

Posters should be no larger than 36x48 inches and be able to stand on the easel provided. Posters may NOT be attached to the wall. Posters can be printed through large format media printing services or displayed on display board which can be purchased at most bookstores or office supply stores. If the WTAMU Media Services Department is to be utilized for printing a large format poster, please follow these poster building instructions. For information about printing deadlines and prices, please contact Media Services directly at 806-651-7904 at least 2-3 weeks prior to the conference.

Basic Poster Format

Poster text should be well-labeled in a simple font (such as Arial or a sans serif style) legible from a distance of 2-3 feet. Avoid the use of fancy fonts for professional presentations. The effectiveness of a poster presentation can be enhanced greatly by inclusion of color, photos, and graphics where appropriate. A good poster presentation is organized, neat, eye-catching, and presents a clear message.

Posters often include the following components:

  • title of project (bolded and all-caps), author's name (as well as any coauthors and faculty advisors) bolded and mixed upper/lower case, and name of department/institution
  • abstract or Introduction
  • literature review summary
  • discussion or conclusions in relation to your research question(s) or hypothesis, written in user-friendly language
  • references (using approved format such as APA, MLA, etc.) - this section may use smaller font

Other points to remember:

  • Use short sentences and simple words.
  • Columns should be left-aligned rather than centered.
  • Do not use acronyms, jargon, or unusual abbreviations.
  • Tables and graphs should have any unnecessary information removed.

Numerous examples of posters can be found online. Presenters may want to bring extra copies of their data and conclusions and/or provide a sign-up sheet for attendees who desire additional information, reprints, etc.


DEADLINE: To be eligible for the cash awards, all abstracts, papers, posters, and entry forms must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.  Please submit your poster in a .pdf format to plockwood@wtamu.edu by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.