Acceptable poster display formats include the traditional tri-fold poster board and electronic posters (e.g., laptop and tablet). Electronic posters can be presented in a variety of formats including, but not limited to, a PowerPoint presentation, Prezi, or video.
Posters will be displayed on tables; therefore, they must be self-supportive and free standing (e.g., tri-fold cardboard, laptop, and tablet).
The following are some suggestions for making your poster regardless of format:
Additional suggestions for tri-fold poster boards:
The following are suggested sections/headings for your poster:
Your abstract (maximum of 250 words) may be incorporated within your poster or attached to your posted and should include the following information about your research project:
Here are a few additional tips for writing and organizing an abstract: (Note: These are suggestions. Your teacher or mentor may have other guidelines for you to follow.)
Example: The purpose of this research is to determine if _____has an effect on _____.
Example: Three experimental groups and one control group were set up. Each experimental group was exposed to different levels of light: 4 hours, 10 hours, and 24 hours. The control group had 12 hours of light. Leaf width and stem height were measured by _____ every other day for three weeks beginning on _____.
Example: The experimental group with 4 hours of light grew the most, with 7 mm of leaf growth and 10 mm of stem growth. In contrast, the experimental group with 24 hours of light had the least amount of growth. Leaf size decreased by 2 mm, and stem height grew only 1 mm.
Example: The hypothesis was supported because the plant with the most light grew the least. There may be several explanations for this, including _____.
Based on your research design, it may make more sense to include the explanation of your results with your actual results (i.e., present the results followed by an explanation of your results) before the conclusion. This is acceptable; however, make sure your explanation is clear.
Students are not required to have their poster judged; however, teachers should discuss this option with their students. When students presenting posters submit their online registration form, they must indicate if they wish to present their poster to a judge or not.
The poster judging process is as follows:
For more information, please contact:
Olesya Courier, CeMaST Marketing, Event & Project Coordinator
Phone: (309) 438-1898