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Academic Posters Toolkit

 decorative graphic showing possible layout of a posterAcademic posters are a great way for students to showcase their work, and when done effectively, they provide a concise and attractive summary of a project.  This guide aims to provide Instructors and students with the guidance and tools they'll need to prepare and produce a poster, whether for a research conference or a less formal setting.


Instructors

Academic Poster Assignment Guide 

Assessment Tools

Research Poster Rubric from U. Of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 12 criteria in 6 categories rated as notive, emerging, proficient or expert. Includes detailed descriptions for each score in a category.

Poster Presentation Scoring Rubric - Florida Atlantic University.  22 criteria in 6 categories  scored on a scale of 0 ( no attempt) -3 ( exemplary). No detailed descriptions for each score.

Evaluation of Academic Posters:   General description of what constitutes outstanding and poor implementation for 5 criteria.

Poster Examples

Scientific Posters:  Michael Alley, author of the Craft of Scientific Writing:

Examples with discussion of pros and cons and video critiques, North Carolina State

 

Students

Student Planning Worksheet 

Design

Poster Perfect - How to drive home your science with a visually pleasing  poster

Scientific Poster Layout and Design  from Makesigns.com shows multiple layouts, include tips on fonts and color selection.

 Software & Websites for Creating Posters

Canva.com - easy

Canva allows you to select a poster layout, customize the images, fonts, colors and download the finished design as an image for printing.

Adobe Spark Post - easy

A free app for computer or iOS mobile devices.  Spark Post includes a range of poster templates and layouts with drag and drop editing  that can be used to create posters for print or web

PowerPoint - moderate difficulty

Download Microsoft Office 365 on the campus software page.

Design Assets

Images

Foter.com  - over 220 million free downloadable stock photos, with  attribution.

Pixabay - pictures, illustrations, and vector graphics, carrying a  Creative Commons “No Rights Required” license (CCO), which means attribution isn't  required.

Pikwizard - Another site with photos carrying  a CC0” license

Freepik - Free vector art, illustrations, icons, and photos 

Fonts

About Font Selection

Color schemes

Coolors - Generate color schemes or choose from their selection.

100 brilliant color combinations

 

 

 

Creating a Poster in PowerPoint

Creating a poster in Powerpoint for Windows and Mac

Research Posters - Need more help with Powerpoint? This 38 minute video gives detailed instructions on using many  Powerpoint features to create your poster.

Powerpoint Poster Templates

Craft of scientific posters

PPT Poster templates from Makesigns.com

Powerpoint Poster Templates from Rice U. 

 

Printing Your Poster

 You can have your poster printed on the large format plotter located at the student help desk in Kellogg Library on the second floor near the entrance. It prints on paper 42 inches wide, the length is limited by the length of the paper roll.

Canva will also  print posters created on their site and send it to you.