Student Poster Guidelines

Posters should be electronically generated and printed in advance of the conference. An electronic copy may be uploaded to the proposal page.

  1. The recommended maximum size for posters is 36” x 48”. Poster board backing will be provided.
  2. 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 in order to relax and enjoy the presentation. Although it is possible for you to circulate among the other posters during your session, you are expected to be at your poster as much as possible during the session to react to questions concerning your poster. You are also responsible for the removal of your poster at the end of the session.
  3. Your poster should be constructed so that it presents the desired information in a self-explanatory manner.
  4. Keep you poster simple and brief. A poster is not a place for you to tack up your entire body of research for people to read. Instead, 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.
  5. Organize your poster materials using headings, such as “Introduction,” “The Research Question,” “The Methodology,” and “Findings.” These headings will help establish a logical flow to your poster.
  6. Use large enough fonts so people will not have to squint to read the material. For headings, use at least a 48-point font. For text, use nothing less than 18-point.
  7. Make your poster visually appealing. Have fun. Be creative. Incorporate color. Use photographs, graphs, charts, maps, and the like. Simplify charts and figures to include only relevant information. Be attentive to the layout and placement of your materials.
  8. Place the title of your work in a prominent position on your poster. Include your name and your school. 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.
  9. Do not plan on using any audiovisual equipment. None will be available, and if you bring your own, it will not be secure.
  10. Your poster represents you, your school, and the National Collegiate Honors Council. Take great care to plan and organize it well. Make sure it communicates the intended information in an interesting, visual manner. Ask your honors director or research advisor to proof your work.

General Guidelines for Submitting Creative Works to the Student Poster Session

  1. Students must bring the creative work with them to NCHC. This is sometimes difficult given size/transport/display limitations, but students have successfully displayed items such as photographs, prints, ceramics, sculptures, and paintings. Please note that students must make their own transport and display arrangements. NCHC provides standard poster easels and tables only. The student must accompany the creative work at all times to ensure security.
  2. Students must create a standard poster that provides more information about the work of art that may include: method of construction; technical aspects; context in the larger world of art; social/philosophical/aesthetic implications; sources of inspiration, etc.
  3. The abstract should state clearly the medium/format of the artwork and then briefly mention important technical, aesthetic, critical, and historical information. The goal is to give the reviewers some basic academic information they can use to evaluate the significance of the product. Does it emerge from one particular school of aesthetics? Was is created in response to a particular historical or social event? Does it demonstrate a particularly important technique? Is it innovative in some way? An abstract doesn't allow much room to answer these questions, so the student will need to pick and and choose, but the best abstracts will give a clear impression of why the piece of art is significant and worthy of display in national setting.
  4. Since the number of submissions to the poster session in this area is relatively small, creative works are judged as part of the "Arts and Humanities" category. Whenever possible, a judge with a background in the fine arts will be selected to judge student creative works. If the category grows to include a large number of submissions, it will be broken off into its own category for judging. (If you are a faculty member interested in building interest in this area at future NCHC conferences, please contact Mike Sloane at

If you have any questions, contact the Poster Session Chair, Mike Sloane, or (850) 474-2673.