Showcasing Student Success

STEM Division and Victor Valley College

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Poster Presentation Guidelines


All posters accepted to the conference will automatically be entered into the poster competition. Categories for submissions:

  • Descriptive: This category should be chosen for topics that do not involve an experimental or analytical approach. For example, included in this category could be descriptions of animal behavior, unusual growth patterns in plants, new distributional records, outlines of methodology, and the like.
  • Analytical: If the report primarily includes analytical components, such as statistical or mathematical approaches, reports of chemical analysis, or for any topic in which a numeric approach forms a main component, this category should be selected.
  • Experimental: This selection should be selected for topics featuring an experimental approach to a narrow scientific question, where, unlike in the analytical category, the methodology is not merely application of a common standard.
  • Other: those poster topics that may not be best appropriate for any of the above three categories.

 Students are limited to one poster display for presentation.



Academic posters are an effective means of conveying research to an audience. While they are similar to academic research papers in terms of the rigor of research, they differ in how the research is presented. Please follow the instructions in the creation of your poster:

  1. The poster should be 4’ wide by 3’ high.
  2. Posters can be created either by hand or in software programs such as PowerPoint or Presentation, which can then be printed. Remember to mount the poster on the provided tri-fold display board.
  3. The title of the poster, the name (or names) of the student(s) and faculty mentor should appear at the top of the poster. The title should be a minimum of 2 inches high (144-point) and student name should be a minimum of 1 inch high (72-point).
  4. The main text of the poster should be legible from a minimum distance of 3 feet using a minimum of 18-point font.
  5. Headings are a useful tool to delineate sections. Headings should be in 36-point font.
  6. Research posters are encouraged, but the poster should not be simply a research paper stuck onto poster board. The poster should visually represent and interpret information, not merely retell information.
  7. The poster should explain both visually and verbally the relevance and/or importance of your work and should aim to catch the interest of your viewers quickly and effectively.
  8. The presented text should be clear and concise, explaining the purpose of the project, the research conducted, and the results and conclusions.
  9. Text should be kept to a minimum with most of the information being presented by means of graphics and/or visual images. This is one of the key components of any successful poster!
  10. Visuals include tables, charts, figures, drawings, and/or photographs.
  11. All visuals should be labeled with a caption that explains/interprets the content of the graphic.
  12. The flow of the poster’s content should be visually and verbally clear. Information in one section should logically integrate with other sections. Information should be arranged in one of two ways:
  • In a manner that parallels reading, visually flowing from top to bottom and from left to right, or
  • In a centralized visual diagram, with your topic at the center of the board surrounded by four to six radiating fields offering information and interpretation.
  1. The overall layout of the poster should be attractive. The poster should not he cluttered with too much text or imagery. Fonts should be consistent throughout. Research has demonstrated that viewers are best able to follow consistent text fonts, so we advise a maximum of two different fonts.
  2. Background colors or images should complement, and not distract from the poster’s topic, text, and graphics. Keep in mind what you are trying to convey with the poster.
  3. The poster should be free of spelling and grammatical errors.
  4. There are a number of websites that detail how academic posters should be constructed and presented.


STEM Division will cover the cost of printing (upon request and a week time) the posters accepted for presentation and each presenter will be given tri-fold cardboard poster backing, which must be used, so that they can be handsomely displayed at the conference. Additional poster materials are available at most craft supply stores and at many office supply stores. All poster presenters will display their posters using the three-panel format.


Ready to submit your application? The deadline to submit is April 20, 2020 

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