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Poster Presentations - How to Guide: Plan

Planning Your Poster Presentation

Creating an effective poster presentation takes time and effort.  It is a major project and there are many elements involved.  Allot enough time for each phase of the project -- planning, designing and producing the poster.  Lastly, plan time to develop a short talk to go along with the poster.

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Understand Requirements

Know the requirements for your poster.

  • Is there a recommended size?  Posters are typically 3 x 4 ft although your professor or the venue will provide size guidelines.
  • Format requirements? Posters are typically brief text with bullets, numbering & headlines, along with graphics that include charts, tables, & images.
  • Review all instructions provided by your professor before you begin.