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What is a Research Poster?

A research poster describes, with words and visuals, research or creative work. Often posters are presented at conferences and other professional events  Poster presenters answer questions about their work as other attendees wander from poster to poser. This guide provides information about preparing a poster, preparing a handout, and preparing an "elevator speech".


Your poster, presentation, and handout all need to convey the most important information about your research or project in a clear and concise manner. The poster should be well organized and visually appealing, without distracting from the content.  

Preparing a short "elevator speech" to explain your work will be helpful, but you also want to be prepared to answer questions and discuss your work with event attendees. A handout can be prepared, and should also concisely cover the main points of your work, to help attendees remember your poster. 

Best Practices

Elements to Include

  • Title
  • Authors and their affiliations
  • Text - sections may include abstract, statement of problem, methods, results, conclusions
  • Visuals - such as charts, graphs, maps, or photos
  • References
  • Acknowledgements

And remember...

  • Be concise - text should cover only the major points, with the least amount of words
  • Images should be included only if the help tell the story and convey important information.  Make sure the meaning of your images is clear, though labeling and captions


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