Student Poster Competition Information

Evaluation & Judging

Students who present posters in the Student Competition will be evaluated in the following areas:

  • Scientific Content - 60%

    • Abstract
      • Abstract is informative, well written (5 points)
      • Presentations correlates with abstract (5 points)
    • Content
      • Introduction & background with pertinent literature cited (10 points)
      • Objectives clearly stated & concise (10 points)
      • Materials & methods (study design) clear & concise (10 points)
      • Results & discussion clear, concise, & accurate (10 points)
      • Significance of results to field of study (10 points)
  • Poster Display - 40%

    • Organization
      • Logical order, minimum redundancy (5 points)
      • Effective use of space; smooth transitions between sections (5 points)
    • Text, Figures, Tables
      • Legible with large fonts, color contrast, no conflicting backgrounds (10 points)
      • Text with no grammatical errors; not excessively wordy (10 points)
      • Effective use of figures and/or tables; coordinated with text (10 points)

Posters must be contained within the 46 × 46 inch (117 × 117 cm) space provided. The poster must NOT exceed the size limit. 

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.).

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