Faculty Poster Guidelines

  1. A poster for this session is an opportunity to showcase and communicate information about an honors course or an innovative honors program element. They are not meant to circulate information about an honors program or college as a whole.
  2. Posters should be electronically generated and printed in advance of the conference. We recommend that you upload a digital copy of the poster and the course syllabus when you submit your original proposal, preferably in pdf format.
  3. The recommended maximum size for posters is 36” x 48”, with landscape orientation. Poster board backing will be provided.
  4. Your poster will be on display for a 2 hour time period. You will need to have your poster set up before the start of the session. Allow yourself plenty of time for the set up. You are also responsible for the removal of your poster at the end of the session.
  5. Your poster is a visual tool. It should be informative and easy to read.
  6. Keep your poster simple and brief. Think of a poster as a series of highly efficient, organized “panels” (a storyboard) upon which appear synopses of the relevant information you want to convey – just enough to get your point across.
  7. Organize your poster materials in an easy-to-follow sequence, using headings, such as “Introduction,” “The Research Question,” “The Methodology,” and “Findings.” These headings will make it easy to identify the key points.
  8. Use large fonts. For headings, use at least a 48-point font. For text, use nothing less than 18-point.
  9. For line-spacing, choose 125%-150% of the font-size. For example, if you are using a font-size of 30 points, you should select a line-spacing of 38-45 points. (With some software, this is expressed as a ratio, such as 1.5 or 150%). This is also good use of typography.
  10. Make your poster appealing. Incorporate color. Use photographs, graphs, charts, maps, and the like. Simplify charts and figures to include only information that can be grasped at a glance. Be attentive to the layout and placement of your materials, and maintain high content to background contrast.
  11. Place the title of your work in a prominent position on your poster. Be sure to include your name and your institution. You may wish to have handouts, business cards, and a way to collect names and contact information for anyone interested in receiving more details about your research.
  12. No electrical outlets will be available for audiovisual presentations. If you are incorporating a tablet or video clips into your presentation, make sure your portable device’s battery is properly charged.
  13. You are the moderator of your own poster. Your poster represents you, your institution, and the National Collegiate Honors Council. You may be asked to voluntarily share your work on video, to be recorded after the poster session.

If you have any questions, contact the Session Chair, Philip Frana (franapl@jmu.edu or 540-568-4364).

Click Here for Examples of past Faculty Posters