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
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
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
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): firstname.lastname@example.org
or 207.621.3295 or Jon Schlenker (Director, University of Maine at Augusta
Honors Program): email@example.com or