College of Arts and Sciences

Sigma Xi Research Symposium

Poster Information
  • Easels and poster boards (48” x 48” square foam core) with push-pins will be provided.
  • Posters are to be displayed during the entire poster session.
  • One half of the presenters should remain at their posters during the session to which they are assigned.

Suggestions for Effective Posters

There are no set guidelines for a poster presentation, but the following are some suggestions.  A poster may seem like an easier format (as opposed to a platform presentation) for presenting your scientific work, but this is not true.  The poster must be able to stand on its own, and, at the same time, allow for the presenter to add interesting information.

  • Keep text at a minimum
  • Use bullet points as much as possible, particularly for background and summary/conclusion sections
  • Use diagrams, graphs, charts, photographs, but be sure each have a title and caption
  • A poster presentation is both a visual and an oral presentation. 
  • This is a delicate balancing act: using too much text will distract and detract from the audience’s enthusiasm for your work while using too little may not allow the audience to grasp the extent of your work.
  • Use appropriate fonts and font sizes for text (12 pt Times New Roman may work well for a paper, but is a strain on the eyes for a poster).
  • Work closely with your faculty mentor on the content of your poster. 
  • Give yourself ample time to outline the poster, create the text and graphics for the poster, arrange the information in a logical fashion, and then have your faculty advisor suggest changes for everything. 

If you have any questions about poster presentations, please contact Ms. Donna Comly at 610-660-1810 or