Recommended Poster Presentation Guidelines

Display Area:

  • The space provided for the display of posters is 46 x 46 inches. Thumb tacks will be provided to hang your poster.
  • Posters presentations are hard-copy (paper/poster) format only.
  • Posters must fit within the designated space listed above.

Poster Format:

  • The most successful and attractive posters are graphically-produced posters that highlight and summarize the main points, with the poster presenter filling in the details. The least effective poster format is a photocopy of the manuscript.
  • It is recommended that the poster be prepared as a large PowerPoint slide. You are free to design your own template in Powerpoint. Free poster templates can also be downloaded from several websites, e.g.;;; or use a poster from your university as a template.
  • Your poster must include the following information prominently displayed across the top in font size of least 54 pt:
    • Title of the project.
    • Your name and the names of any co-authors (and their affiliations).
    • Name of your advisor, if applicable.
    • Posters should have your university logo in the upper left- or right-hand corner.
  • All text should be presented in a font of at least 24 pt (preferably ≥28 pt) so that it can be read from a distance of a few feet. Suggested font sizes for subheadings: 32–44 pt. Each poster should be organized to include the following sections:
    • An Abstract of 150 to 200 words summarizing the aims, hypothesis, results, and conclusions.
    • An Introduction to the topic.
    • A short synopsis of the Methods used to generate the data.
    • Results and Conclusions (can be in separate sections)
    • A list of Citations referenced in the poster and Acknowledgements of personnel and funding sources.
    • Make liberal use of illustrations, data figures, and tables with captions that enable the reader to visualize your project and to interpret the data shown.
    • Poster mounting boards will be provided and set-up by the NYU Event Staff. Pushpins will be available for mounting your poster onto the board.
Helpful resources on preparing for and presenting at symposia/conferences:

Helpful literature on preparing for and presenting at symposia/conferences:

  • Belben, C. (2003). Making a gift of yourself: Preparing for successful conference presentation. Teacher Librarian, 31(1), 12.
  • Botwinik, R., & Rothman, M. (1996). From proposal to podium: Making a conference presentation. pp. 15. Arlington: Adult Learning.
  • Felder, R. M. (2008). Tomorrow’s Research: How to Write Anything. Chemical Engineering Education, 42(3), 139 -140.
  • Hartley, J. (2008) Academic Writing and Publishing: A Practical Handbook. NY: Routledge Publishing.
  • Hill, M. D. (1997). Oral presentation advice. Retrieved 5/20/08 from
  • Karlin, N. J. Creating an effective conference presentation. Retrieved 5/20/08 from
  • Malekoff, A. (2006). Putting ideas to paper: a guideline for practitioners who wish to write for publication. Social Work with Groups, 29(2/3), 67-82.
  • Maxey, C., & O'Connor, K. E. (2007). Dealing with blunders. T+D, 61(3), 78-79.