Information for Poster Presentations
- Please prepare a poster that is 36” high and 48” wide with PowerPoint (customize the size of your “slide” under the Design tab on the tool
bar) or another graphics program.
- Use a large enough font size so that your poster is readable from three feet away (72 pts for title, 36 pts for
headings, 20 pts for body text).
- Poster sections:
- Project title with your name and that of your faculty mentor at the top center; if appropriate, also name graduate student(s) who worked with
- Brief introduction of the topic, including hypothesis/problem studied, and explanation of the expected contributions
of the project to the field;
- Brief overview of methods/approaches used (without any details);
- Results/findings with visuals as appropriate (largest section on your poster);
- Interpretation of your findings and conclusions, incl. how your findings advance the field;
- List of references and other resources at the end (smaller font if necessary);
- Acknowledgement of financial support (e.g. a DCUR grant, mentor’s grant).
- Your poster should flow from top to bottom and left to right, be well organized into sections, contain limited text (< 25% of the space; bulleting
works well), and display important information in Figures and Tables (consecutively
numbered, with descriptive titles, with legends containing sufficient information
to explain what is displayed).
- Concentrate on the main points only and avoid discipline-specific jargon that a reader outside your discipline may not understand. Provide only important
information that will pique the reader’s interest and lead to a lively discussion
about your project.
- Ask your mentor for advice and solicit her/his constructive criticism of your poster. Your mentor will be able to guide you with respect to organization,
logical flow, main points to be made, appropriateness of conclusions drawn and of
language used, etc.
- At least a week before the symposium, convert your poster file to pdf format for printing. Printing costs ~$40 if you mention you are participating in the USM undergraduate
- Southern Miss Image Center (basement of Thad Cochran Center);
- Signs First (4400 Hardy St, Hattiesburg, MS 39402)
- Practice guiding readers through your poster in 1-2 minutes. Ask the listeners for feedback about clarity, flow, speed, etc. of your poster so
that you will have an effective discourse with the judges at the UGS. The Southern
Miss Speaking Center can help.
- Dress professionally for your presentation. Please consult this guide to professional dress codes. Business casual, academic
casual, or academic formal attire is appropriate.
- Stand by your poster during the entire poster session, even if you think the judges have completed their evaluation.
- Try to enjoy the experience! UGS offers a friendly, supportive environment for your
professional academic presentation.
- Your presentation will be assigned a category that will give you a 1 in 3 to 1 in
4 chance of winning an award.