Beginning in Fall 2006, a poster session is now required of all students completing the Capstone requirement.

Overview

As an essential component of the Capstone experience, the poster session offers the opportunity to present project outcomes in an academic setting. Therefore, effective fall 2006, all students registered in Capstone courses (INF 388L, INF 388R, INF 388S, INF 398R, and INF 698B) will prepare an academic poster and participate in a poster session that will be held at the end of each semester.

Poster Viewing

Students will be available during the poster session to answer questions about their posters/projects and provide explanations to attendees who stop to view their posters.

Poster Preparation

In general, the poster should include an overview of the project, including its objectives, the methodology employed to undertake the project, the outcomes obtained, and the conclusions.

Additionally:

  1. The final poster must be 20 by 30 inches. This is large enough to arrange four 8.5 x 11 inch pages or images. Your final poster product will be a single printed poster, 20 inches by 30 inches, veritcally or horizontally. Content may not be layered on the poster surface. Failure to adhere to these guidelines will result in a disqualification for display.
  2. Participants may use laptops to supplement their poster presentations, but laptops are not required nor should they be considered as a substitute for a poster. During the conference, presenters are expected to display their work as a poster, incorporating text and illustrations as appropriate. Digital versions of the posters may be included in the conference proceedings at the author's request.

Poster Printing

A large format printer for posters is available in the IT Lab located in UTA 1.210.

In order to use the poster printer for a capstone poster, you must schedule an appointment in advance by signing up in the lab, calling the lab staff at (512) 471-3991, or e-mailing the lab staff at itlab@utlists.utexas.edu.

Please consult IT Lab staff with any questions or comments about poster design, layout, or setting up to print the poster.

Tips for Great Posters

  • Divide the contents of your poster into appropriate sections. For instance: title of paper, author, institutional affiliation, abstract, methodology, data, results, conclusions. Be sure to include each section in visibly separate and labeled sections. Visual breaks, like 'bubbles' (rounded corner squares of boarder around text or images), help with this.
  • Use larger (than 16 font) lettering for the poster's title, author and institutional affiliation. Make the lettering at least one inch high.
  • Avoid fonts that are script or difficult to read. Serif style fonts are the easiest to read in printed media (on the poster, in a book, etc.), while sans-serif fonts are the easiest to read in digital media (on a computer, television, etc.).
  • If hand lettering is required, use a black felt-tip pen (Sharpie).
  • Be concise with your written material. Save elaborative points for discussion/interaction with viewers. For conclusions, focus on a central finding that lends itself to informal discussion.
  • Use graphs, charts and/or tables (color if possible) to show results. Graphics help make your poster interesting.
  • A neutral poster or matte board is more amenable to the eye than a bright colored background. A splash of color here and there, perhaps highlighting central finding(s) or provocative results, will make your poster stand out from the crowd.
  • Have a notepad handy when presenting at your poster session. It may be helpful in elaborating on your findings, or for taking names and addresses of people interested in your research.
  • Suggested programs (but NOT required programs) for designing the poster are: Microsoft Powerpoint, GIMP, and Adobe Photoshop. Powerpoint is the easiest, while Photoshop allows for the most felxibility. All listed programs are available to students for free in the IT Lab, located in UTA 1.210. Staff are available to help with the programs, and any additional questions on design and format can be more easily addressed. 
  • The average cost for poster printing in the IT Lab is $7.60 as of Spring 2015. Prices vary according to size and amount of color in the poster design. Please consult a IT Lab staff member for more information.

 

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