Posters (In Person)

Posters are a mechanism for scholars to engage in discussion with other conference attendees about a research project. The poster venue allows scholars with similar research interests to interact by using the poster as a focal point.  

Posters will be presented during the Poster Session on Friday morning. Presenters should arrive to the session 15-20 minutes early to set up their poster.

The photo below shows a poster session at a previous ASHE conference:

Poster Creation Information

Maximum size of poster: 3.5' (height) x 3.5' (width)
 
Push Pins are provided and board space will be shared with other poster authors. Please ensure your display is no larger than 3.5' (h) x 3.5' (w) or 42” x 42.”
 
Recommended content for the poster includes:
  • A clear statement of the purpose or goals of the research (i.e., the primary research questions or issues being addressed)
  • A brief summary of the theoretical or conceptual foundation for the work
  • A description of the methodology being used and the project findings (if applicable), and the theoretical and/or practical significance and implications of the research. 
  • The following are tips to enhance your poster:
  • Keep it simple and brief. Determine the key points for your poster and highlight these, rather than trying to cover the whole project. You can elaborate on these points on an individual basis. Use large enough fonts so people will not have to squint to read the material.
  • Headings of at least 48-point font and text at least 18-point font is helpful to readers. Readers will typically be three feet away from your poster.
  • Make your poster visually appealing. Be creative. Incorporate color. Use photographs, graphs, charts, maps, and the like. Be attentive to the layout and placement of your materials.
  • Simple handouts/brochures are an excellent complement to a poster session.
  • Consider having a pad of paper handy to allow visitors who have more in-depth questions or would like more information about your research to provide you with their contact information or provide you with their business card. You may also want to consider bringing business cards of your own to distribute.

Poster Creation Tips

  • Posters should be informative and graphically appealing. A well-done poster should provoke interest and questions rather than overwhelm with text.
  • Divide the content into sections. Clearly detail the project’s topic, thesis, scope, methodology, results, and conclusions. Recommended sections are:
    • A clear statement of the purpose or goals of the research (i.e., the primary research questions or issues being addressed)
    • A brief summary of the theoretical or conceptual foundation for the work
    • A description of the methodology being used and the project findings (if applicable), and the theoretical and/or practical significance and implications of the research. 
  • Include Presenter(s) name(s), co-Authors, academic program, faculty advisor(s), and project title.
  • Maintain a good contrast between the background color and the text color. For example a light gray background and black text or a dark navy blue background with light blue or white text. Colors should be consistent throughout the poster and readability should be the top priority. Do not use bright colors, as they may not be accessible. Dark text on a light background is most accessible.
  • Whenever possible use graphics to represent information. Keep figures and tables as simple as possible. If you provide illustrations, a brief large type heading of no more than one or two lines should be provided above each illustration. When necessary, be sure to caption images, tables, etc. for clarity.
  • Use a font that is cross-platform to ensure that your poster retains the text, spacing, and look you want. Examples include Calibri, Arial, and Times New Roman. Sans-serif fonts are recommended for posters, particularly for the title, subtitle, and headers.
  • Use size 28-32 size fonts and headings of at least 48-point font, to help with accessibility for readers. 
  • Consider using columns rather than rows for displaying content and arrange them in boxes.

Arriving at the Poster Session (15 minutes prior to your session)

  • Locate your session’s room assignment in the Conference Program. Plan to arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Please note that the session will occur before the Friday morning Plenary Session and will be purposefully located in a high-traffic area.