A poster has three purposes: 1) to illustrate your explanation when you are there, 2) to explain your work when you are not there, and 3) to make people interested in what you are doing. This is a balancing act - when you are there, your poster should play a supporting role in your presentation, while at the same time it needs to be complete enough to so that people can learn about your project when they walk by even if you are not there. The links below will help you with this balancing act.
Designing Your POster
The best way to approach poster design is to see examples of good posters, and use templates. A good template will be eye-catching, appropriate to the subject, and able to present information in a way that grabs your readers attention. Remember the poster illustrates your explanation and make people interested in what you are doing.
Made in MIllersville-specific poster templates can be found here. Other template can be found here and here. Tips for good poster design can be found here, here and here. The best sizes for Made in Millersville posters are 24x36 or 36x48 (landscape or portrait).
Students working in the Digital Learning Studio in the McNairy Library can help design and format your poster.
Presenting Your POster
Presenting a poster at a conference for the first time can be intimidating. Your audience might be just one person who can interrupt and ask potentially tough questions about your project. However, it is a great way to present your work as a conversation with an audience that wants to talk to you and wants to know about your work.
To make presenting a poster less intimidating, follow these links for guidance on making your poster presentation the best one possible. THIS and THIS are excellent videos on academic poster presentation. THIS and THIS are very readable 1-page guides to preparing and presenting posters.
Printing Your Poster
If you are a student in the College of Science and Technology, you may print posters in the Dean's office. If you are a student in the College of Education and Human Services or the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, you may use McNairy Digital Learning Studio to print your poster. Students presenting posters get one free print. We will provide poster backing to attach each poster. See “Designing your Poster” above for the sizes we can print.
Walk-ins for poster printing in the DLS in McNairy Library are welcome during open hours: Sunday 1-9pm, Monday-Thursday 12-9pm. For questions please contact Greg Szczyrbak.