NCHC Poster Guidelines

1. There is no limit on poster size, however you must bring adequate backing for the poster to rest well on an easel.

2. If you are traveling by plane, you may wish to produce the poster parts before you come and assemble the poster at the conference. Electronically generated posters should be printed in advance of the conference.

3. Your poster will be on display for a 2 hour time period. You will need to have your poster set up before the start of the session. Allow yourself plenty of time for the set up so that you can relax and enjoy the presentation. Although it is possible for you to circulate among the other posters during your session, you are expected to be at your poster as much as possible during the session to react to questions concerning your poster. You are also responsible for the removal of your poster at the end of the sesison.

4. Your poster should be constructed so that it presents the desired information in a self-explanatory manner.

5. Keep your poster simple and brief. A poster is not a place for you to tack up your entire paper for people to read. Instead, think of a poster as a series of highly efficient, organized “panels” (a story board) upon which appear synopses of the relevant information you want to convey — just enough to get your point across.

6. Organize your poster materials using headings, such as “Introduction,” “The Research Question,” “The Methodology,” and “Findings.” These headings will help establish a logical flow to your poster.

7. Use large enough fonts, so people will not have to squint to read the material. For headings, use at least a 48-point font. For text, use nothing less than 18-point.

8. Make your poster visually appealing. Have fun. Be creative. Incorporate color. Use photographs, graphs, charts, maps, and the like. Simplify charts and figures to include only relevant information. Be attentive to the layout and placement of your materials.

9. Place the title of your work in a prominent position on your poster. Include your name and your school. You may wish to have handouts, business cards, and a way to collect names and contact information for anyone interested in receiving more details about your research.

10. Do not plan on using any audio-visual equipment. None will be available; and if you bring your own, it will not be secure.

11. Your poster represents you, your school, and the National Collegiate Honors Council. Take great care to plan and organize it well. Make sure it communicates the intended information in an interesting, visual manner. Ask your honors director or research advisor to proof your work.

If you have any questions, contact the Poster Session chairs, Kathleen King (Administrative Assistant, Honors Program, University of Maine at Augusta Honors Program): or 207.621.3295 or Jon Schlenker (Director, University of Maine at Augusta Honors Program): or 207.621.3262.