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. All poster presentations will be conducted via zoom due to the necessity for social distancing. The author will discuss their study findings with judges and other participants in a zoom session with four or five presenters in each session. To present a poster, you should submit an abstract of 200 words or less at the WT SRC conference registration website. Posters competing for the cash award will be judged on content and design prior to the oral presentation. The final score for the posters competing for cash will be based on a rubric score for the poster and a rubric score for the oral presentation. All participants will be scored on their oral presentation at the time of their presentation.

Poster Displays

Posters should be no larger than 36x48 inches. Posters should be created under the same guidelines as an in person presentation. If you are using PowerPoint, be certain the dimensions of your slide coincide to the poster dimensions, typically 36x48 inches. In the Zoom presentation poster session, students will share their screen with the session participants, exhibiting their poster and research.

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 on the web.



In order to be eligible for the cash awards, the student must submit the online registration form; including the abstract, and email their final paper or a .pdf no larger than 35mb of the final poster to: by 5pm on Friday, April 1, 2022.