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Poster Sessions

W.R.Davies Center | Rooms 330 and 340 (Ojibwe and Dakota Ballrooms)

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Session A | 10:30-11:30 am 
Session B | 1:00-2:00 pm 
Session C | 2:15- 3:15 pm 
Session D | 3:30-4:30 pm 

Friday, April 14, 2023 

Session E | 8:30-9:30 am 
Session F | 9:45-10:45 am 
Session G | 1:00-2:00 pm
Session H | 2:15-3:15 pm
Session I | 3:30-4:30 pm  

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Session J | 10:15-11:15 am 
Session K | 11:30 am-12:30 pm  


All poster sessions are 60 minutes in length and will take place in the W.R Davies Student Center, Ojibwe and Dakota Ballrooms. Poster presentations are paper displays that must be prepared and printed in advance of the conference. Posters should be no larger than 46"w x42"h. Students will be expected to bring their printed poster to the conference.

Presenters will bring their posters to their assigned session where they will find an assigned display board. Presenters stand next to their posters while attendees walk around the session, stopping at posters that interest them. Presenters will give a quick (2-3 minute) summary of their poster and will answer questions about the project. Although not required, it is nice to have one-page copy of your poster to hand out to attendees. Alternatively, you may create a sign-up sheet and email your poster to those who are interested. 

The purpose of a poster session is to give conference attendees an opportunity to view research project across many disciplines. Presenters will interact one-on-one with attendees sharing the results of their research. Many researchers use poster sessions as an opportunity to get feedback on a project before publishing it. At a poster session, you will be promoting both yourself as well as your department, college, and university.   


Professional Courtesy 

NCUR offers an opportunity for participants to observe, learn, and practice professional etiquette common to all disciplines. Presenters should remain with their posters for the entire session and be ready to present and respond to questions from spectators who will be making their way around the session.


Poster Guidelines

A poster conveys your study on one big sheet of paper. The components vary depending on your discipline as well as the type of project, but here are some of the typical elements: 

Title and Authors 

  • Remember to use a big font that can be seen at a distance (70–80-point font at minimum). 

  • The title should be the same as the one you submitted with your NCUR proposal. 


  • Write out your institution’s name, or you can download your institution’s logo. 

  • You can use an additional logo depicting your department or college if you have one. 

Introduction/Background/Literature Review 

  • Lead the reader into your particular study or project. 

  • Include citations from past research. 

  • How does your study make a unique contribution to the literature? 

  • Present a research question or hypotheses. 


  • Who or what represents your sample? 

    • If you used people or animals, how many? 
    • Can you provide some information about your sample (e.g., demographic information like gender, age, etc.)? 
  • What was the methodology and procedure of your study? 

  • Describe study materials such as survey questions, observations, interviews, etc.  


  • What were the main results of your study? 

  • Graphs and charts are more visually appealing than words. 


  • What is the main take-home message of your study? 

  • Provide an explanation for the results. 

  • Connect your results to past research on this topic. 

  • What are the limitations of your research? 

  • What are some future research ideas that stem from your study? 

  • What are the implications/applications of your study for broader society? 


  • Cite only the references you used in your poster, not everything you read over the course of doing your research. 

  • Use the citation style for your discipline (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.). 

  • You can include this information on the back of your poster handout if you run out of space on the actual poster. 


  • In this section, cite individuals who aren't authors but who contributed in some way (if applicable).  

  • You should also acknowledge any financial help you received as part of this research (e.g., grants).  

Contact Information 

  • Include your email on the poster so that if attendees have any questions, they can contact you. 

Poster Display Boards

  • Each presenter is provided with one side of a freestanding fabric display board. Posters should measure no larger than 46"w x42"h. The conference will provide the thumbtacks to affix the poster to the kiosk (available at check-in at the Ojibwe Ballroom). 

  • Presenters should arrive approximately 15 minutes before their presentation time to find their assigned location and hang their posters. Posters should be taken down immediately following the assigned session. 

  • The presenter should use thumbtacks to attach materials to the display board, along with any other supplies. Any other method for hanging posters will not be allowed. 

  • Presenters must be available to discuss their displays during their assigned session. 

  • Posters must be readable from at least three feet away.  


What should you do as a poster presenter? 

  • Consider printing your poster at least one week in advance of NCUR in case you find errors and need to print it again. 

  • If you have a paper poster, consider using a travel tube to protect it during your travel, or print it on fabric that you can easily pack in your suitcase. 

  • Wear comfortable shoes because you will be standing for your entire session. 

  • At least one presenter should be near the poster during the allotted session. 

  • Smile and greet people as they approach your poster. 

  • Let them take the lead (some people prefer to read; others prefer to talk to you). 

  • If there are multiple presenters for a single poster: 

    • Make sure that you and your co-presenters are not blocking the poster or the walkway. 
    • Do not get distracted by side conversations with your co-presenters. Remember, your goal is to talk to other attendees about your research. 
    • Take turns answering questions and explaining your poster. You may even want to switch presenting (i.e., only one co-author stands by the poster for a given period of time). 





Research Posters: https://guides.library.illinois.edu/poster (University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign) 

video tutorial for large format posters: https://www.youtube.com/user/ltsonlinehelp/search