National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research (NICBR) - Spring Research Festival 2014
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Poster Guidelines

Boards (4'x 4') are provided for mounting your poster. Please be sure to bring something to affix poster to board (e.g., push pins, thumb tacks, velcro strips, etc.). Note NEW poster size!

Due to the number of posters, poster presenters should not expect to be personally interviewed by the judges.

Poster presenters must be present with their poster on the assigned day from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Posters are on display for both days, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 2:30pm. Posters must be displayed by 10:00 am on Wednesday and removed between 2:30 and 3:00 on Thursday.

Helpful Hints for Poster Preparation

If you're preparing your own poster, these tips may help:

  • Title text should be bold, approximately 1 to 1.25 inches high (100 to 125 points); names and affiliations in bold, approximately .75 inches high (65 to 85 points). We recommend using a simple, sans-serif font like Arial or Helvetica for titles.
  • Headings should be bold, 20 to 48 points high, so that they stand out from the body text. Using a contrasting color for headings tends to look good, also.
  • Body text should be 18 to 24 points high, in a basic, legible font like Times New Roman, Arial or Helvetica. Where body text is used at a small size, use a sans-serif font like Arial or Helvetica so that it's more readable. It may even be necessary to make very small text bold.
  • Figure legends can be in the same size as the body text, or slightly smaller (14 to 18 points). The title of the figure should be bold.
  • One-piece posters: In general, use light or white backgrounds for one-piece posters. Avoid using the background images available in PowerPoint; they don't print out well.
  • Multi-piece posters: Plan how you want the pieces to be arranged within the space available. Sometimes a custom page size (up to 11 x 17) will work better than letter size pages. We can help you make an inexpensive title, as well.