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Department of Geography

General Poster Information

An illustrated poster is a presentation of the research problem, data, methods, results, discussion and conclusions displayed on a poster board. In addition, a short (3-5 minute) oral presentation will be given. The oral presentation is followed by one-on-one or small group discussion with audience members. All students who plan to graduate during a given semester and who chose this option will present their illustrated posters during the same scheduled time period. Department faculty will be in attendance to hear presentations, discuss posters one-on-one with students, and participate in evaluating students' work. Illustrated posters will be graded using a standard rubric. The rubric tells you the criteria used to evaluate your senior assignment; consequently, you are strongly encouraged to review this rubric prior to beginning your senior assignment project.

Effective posters marry good research with good visual display. They include clear, easily identifiable objectives, an appropriate size font, good graphics, and strong organization. Below are some websites that can help you plan your poster. Keep in mind that you will submit a draft of your poster mid-semester to ensure that you are on the right track.

Poster Guidelines

Your faculty supervisor can give you advice on how to create, save, and print your poster. Below are some general guidelines to follow.

  1. Content: Your poster should include (1) author and affiliation (your name, supervisor's name, and the Geography Department); (2) title; (3) background or introduction; (4) methods and materials; (5) results; (6) conclusions; and, (7) acknowledgements.
  2. How to create your poster: You can use a variety of software programs to create your poster, including PowerPoint.
  3. Poster size: 34" x 44" (printed on a large format printer in color).
  4. How to print your poster: posters should be saved as PDFs. You can print one (and only one) copy of your poster on the department's large format printer. Your faculty supervisor will advise you when your poster is ready to print, and must assist you in printing the poster.

Resources for Creating Effective Posters

Creating Effective Poster Presentations (North Carolina State University)

Poster Perfect: How to Drive Home Your Science with a Visually Pleasing Poster (The Scientist Magazine)

Advice on Designing Scientific Posters (Department of Biology, Swarthmore College)


1. Drafts that do not follow these guidelines will be returned without further comment.

2. You cannot graduate until you have successfully completed your Senior Assignment.

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