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tips on creating poster presentations


General Information:

SUNY Buffalo has a great guide to creating posters, including some examples of successful poster presentations.


  • Make an outline! This will ensure your content is organized logically.
  • sections could include:
    • Title
    • Introduction: one paragraph 
    • Methodology, research, description of project (may be several sections)
    • Data/results (if applicable)
    • Conclusion: discuss results or experience
    • List of all works cited / references
    • name, major, and school of all group members
  • Include captions or explanations for all graphs and images
  • Limit use of paragraphs: section headings and bulleted lists will be easier for your audience to read (avoid a wall of text)

Layout tips:

  • Use at least 60 pt. font for your title and at least 20 pt. font for all text (including graphs and captions). Your poster should be legible from several feet away.
  • Non-serif fonts (Calibri, Arial, etc) are easier to read than serif fonts (Times New Roman, etc).
  • All images should be at least 200 dpi – remember, they will be blown up on the final poster.

More Design Resources:

Supplies and Software:

36" x 48' poster boards will be supplied.

We suggest using Microsoft PowerPoint or Publisher to design your poster, but you can use any software you are comfortable with.  Be sure to use a large template -- remember, your poster will be 36" x 48"!

Here is a tutorial on using PowerPoint to design large scale posters.

Need Help?

  • ask your faculty adviser for assistance with the content of your poster -- they can help you with organization, text, concepts, etc.
  • If you have questions or need additional assistance, stop by the WKU Etown library or contact


Judging Criteria

Student Engagement Symposium Poster Guidelines

Posters will be evaluated based on content and style.

Judging Criteria regarding content:

  • How well does the poster communicate the author's message?
  • Does the poster tell an interesting story that makes you want to learn more about the work?
  • Is the research underlying the poster empirically sound and of high quality?
  • Does the poster present new and important findings?
  • Does the poster try to do too much? (It can be difficult to effectively present and develop more than three or four main points in a poster.)
  • Are any graphics, figures or tables in the poster well integrated with the text?

Judging Criteria regarding style:

  • Is the poster visually interesting and appealing?
  • Does it have a clearly defined and legible title that can be read from at least one meter away?
  • Are captions provided for figures and legends provided for tables?
  • Are both axes on any graphs appropriately and clearly labeled?
  • Is the text of the poster well-written?
  • Is the text of the poster free of typographical errors?
  • Does the poster present the names and affiliations of the people who did the work?
  • Is contact information provided for viewers who might have questions or want to learn more about the work?
  • Is all the lettering easily readable? (We recommend at least 20 point font. Simple fonts such as Helvetica or Arial preferred)


Your abstract must be less than 500 words and should concisely describe the purpose, methods, and results of your project.  See the attached power point for more tips and examples of abstracts. 

Reference Coordinator

John Gottfried
101 Helm Library
1906 Colleges Heights Blvd. #11067
Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 745-6176