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Creating your Poster
Rubric used at the Undergraduate Research and Arts Celebration for assessing posters.
Preparing a Student Poster in Chemistry
Short PDF that outlines the process of creating a poster. Includes an outline that you yourself can fill out to help guide your work.
The poster should be a concise summary of the formal lab. A person should be able to scan and comprehend your poster in two minutes. Large fonts, minimal text, graphics and graphical representation of data are recommended.
Your poster should include:
- Title-author panel
- Background & introduction
- Purpose or statement of problem
- Experimental approach
- Data and results
- Conclusion & “take home message”
Tips for maximum poster success:
- Your poster should represent you as a chemistry professional. Do not hand-write anything!
- Dr. Boylan recommends using PowerPoint to make individual “panels” that will make up your overall poster.
- Think about how the visuals and data will play off one another. You can frame the panels with construction paper to add more visual appeal.
- Do not use more than 12-15 panels.
More detailed poster suggestions can be found in the ACS Style Guide (pg. 27-38). Print copies may be found at the library and in the chemistry seminar room.