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 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 Student Research Conference.  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 the day of the conference.

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. If you are using PowerPoint, be certain the dimensions of your slide coincide to the poster dimensions. 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: In order to be eligible for the cash awards, the student must submit the online registration form; including abstract, and email their final paper or a .pdf no larger than 35mb of the final poster to by 5pm on Friday, March 27, 2020.