A Celebration of Scholarship

Poster Guidelines

Poster Requirements:

Poster stands will be rented from Ohio Displays. Each poster will be displayed on an approximately 45″ high by 69″ wide fabric panel. Pins will be available. Each participant will receive a number corresponding to a particular panel display. Approximately 42 double-sided posters will be set up in the Dolan Center Atrium. Hallway areas may accommodate an additional posters. Apply early to reserve your space.

Click here for photos from previous Poster Sessions.

Printing Your Poster:

You can print up single sheets of paper and pin them to the display board or you can have Information Technology Services print your poster for a professional look using the PowerPoint template below. The Celebration will pick up the cost for printing the poster through ITS on regular bond paper.

The Celebration will NOT pick up the cost of printing on glossy paper, printing additional copies, printing after the deadline, or printing off-campus.

Powerpoint Template:PowerPoint Template

ITS has provided a template for the layout of a poster and guidelines for using the template.

The template is set to print a 42″ by 56″ poster. Once you create your poster, place the file on a jump drive or CD and take it to the Information Services Help Desk on the fourth floor of Rodman Hall for printing. Be sure to tell them that it is for the Celebration of Scholarship poster session.

You can also email your poster PowerPoint to Information Technology Services at helpdesk@jcu.edu and include your name and phone number. They will call you when your poster is ready to be picked up.

Samples of professional research posters can be seen in the department hallways in Dolan.

Basic Poster Tips:

The minimum font size for text is 14; titles should be larger than text. Text should be readable from two feet away. Sections should be labeled and be listed in a clear order. Adapt the following as appropriate: title, authors, abstract, thesis/problem, method, data, interpretation/analysis, conclusion, references, acknowledgments.

The poster should display the main points of your work using visual techniques such as headlines, graphics, or pictures. Primarily a visual medium, the presentation should be attractively arranged to be both interesting and informative. Focus on major findings. Highlight important details with bullet points. Be creative. Use colors to emphasize, not to distract.

Include the project title, the name of main presenter and any collaborators, department(s), affiliation (e.g., John Carroll, Bowling Green University), and any funding sources (for example, a National Science Foundation grant). Indicate the physical place of the work, that is, was the experiment conducted at the Cleveland Clinic?; was the paper written at JCU?; is the work a result of collaboration held at a conference? Include the abstract of the project by the title and a short list of references and/or acknowledgements by the conclusion. Smaller fonts for references are acceptable.

For additional help, talk to your faculty sponsor about the general type of poster display for your discipline or visit the following sites:


Poster Presentation Hints:

For those of you who haven’t presented at a professional conference before, here are a few helpful hints for a successful presentation.

  • Arrive early and plan to stay for the entire poster event.
  • Dress appropriately for a professional presentation and wear a name tag. Blank tags will be available at the poster session.
  • Stay close to your poster during the scheduled time. Be prepared to give a brief overview of your project, a one to two minute formal summary of your project.

For more information on the oral presentation of your poster, talk with your faculty sponsor or you can visit the following sites:

Samples of science-themed posters are displayed in various hallways in Dolan.