Academic 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.
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) to 3 (exemplary). No detailed descriptions for each score.
Evaluation of Academic Posters: Description of what constitutes outstanding and poor implementation for 5 different criteria.
Scientific Posters: Michael Alley, author of the Craft of Scientific Writing:
Examples with discussion of pros and cons and video critiques, North Carolina State
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. Best used for posters with minimal text. Get started with this Canva tutorial on YouTube.
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. Best used for posters with minimal text.
PowerPoint - moderate difficulty
Best used for scientific or research posters.
Download Microsoft Office 365 on the campus software page.
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.
Freepik - Free vector art, illustrations, icons, and photos
Coolors - Generate color schemes or choose from their selection.
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.
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.
This work, created by Susan Wilson builds on the efforts of Jennie Goforth and Suchi Mohanty at U. of N.C., https://guides.lib.unc.edu/academicposters and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.