The poster presentation session will start at 6:30 PM in the Campion Student Center. Depending on the number of posters, it will be split into two or just one session.

  • Easels and poster boards (48” x 48” square foam core) with push-pins will be provided.
  • Posters are to be displayed during the entire poster session.
  • One half of the presenters should remain at their posters during the session to which they are assigned. More information on this will be provided once we have the final number of poster presenters.

Suggestions for Effective Posters

There are no set guidelines for a poster presentation, but the following are some suggestions. A poster may seem like an easier format (as opposed to a platform presentation) for presenting your scientific work, but this is not true. The poster must be able to stand on its own, and, at the same time, allow for the presenter to add interesting information.

Keep text at a minimum

  • Use bullet points as much as possible, particularly for background and summary/conclusion sections.
  • Use diagrams, graphs, charts, photographs, but be sure each have a title and caption.
  • A poster presentation is both a visual and an oral presentation.
  • This is a delicate balancing act: using too much text will distract and detract from the audience’s enthusiasm for your work while using too little may not allow the audience to grasp the extent of your work.
  • Use appropriate fonts and font sizes for text (12 pt Times New Roman may work well for a paper, but is a strain on the eyes for a poster).
  • Work closely with your faculty mentor on the content of your poster.
  • Give yourself ample time to outline the poster, create the text and graphics for the poster, arrange the information in a logical fashion, and then have your faculty advisor suggest changes for everything.

If you have any questions about poster presentations, please contact Dr. Shaan Bhatt at 610-660-3440 or

Presentation Poster Design and Printing:
If you are presenting a poster, please contact Print Services, here on the SJU campus, to assist you with production, design, and printing. They will walk you through the process of creating a professional poster and will meet with you to check your design for formatting and image quality issues before printing. Free advice, templates, lower pricing, higher quality, and faster turnaround than outside vendors. To learn more about Print Services and to contact them by visiting their website.