Student Poster Competition Information
Evaluation & Judging
Students who present posters in the Student Competition will be evaluated in the following areas:
Scientific Content - 50% (10 points each)
- Introduction and background with pertinent literature cited
- Objectives clearly stated and concise
- Materials and methods (study design) clear and concise
- Results and discussion clear, concise, and accurate
- Significance of results to field of study
Poster Display - 50% (10 points each)
- Logical order, minimum redundancy, effective space use, good transition between sections
- Text, Figures, Tables
- Legible with large fonts, color contrast, no conflicting backgrounds
- Text without grammatical errors; not excessively wordy
- Effective use of figures and/or tables, coordinated with text
- Overall quality/appearance, other positive features, poster flow, informative information, etc.
Suggestions for Posters
Poster design can significantly enhance or severely diminish the effectiveness of your presentation. The following guidelines are general considerations:
- Focus of attention: The focus of attention must be on the subject content. If the design overshadows the subject matter, the message is likely to be lost.
- Size and selection of visuals: Larger visuals attract more attention. Visuals not relevant to the content will distract the viewer.
- Density of visuals and text (labels): Too many visuals (pictures) and text (labels) in a small space decreases readers’ attention, because each object is in competition with the others. Minimize these to prevent stimulus overload! Generally, a maximum length of 50-75 words per label results in a higher probability of people reading it.
- Ability to read text: Letters should be large so that they can easily be read from 2-3 feet away. Letters should be easily read (avoid Old English and other "fancy" fonts).
- Poster layout:
- Use a consistent layout with heading and subheading font and size standardized;
- Use bulleted lists to facilitate reading;
- Relate the content of the text to the picture it describes;
- Reduce competing stimuli - Avoid placing a large number of labels and visuals next to one another; and
- Provide good contrast between the text and background (avoid white on white, blue on navy, etc.).