St. Cloud State University Science Express

MLC Conference



Posters should be 56” wide and 36” high

Posters describing education programs should include the following key information:

  • Program goals
  • Target population and demographics
  • Curriculum
  • Operating model
  • Evaluation method

Posters on other topics should include:

  • What is the question/concern/issue? Clear statements should convey the purpose of the research or topic.
  • Why should I care? The significance of the topic is explained.
  • What is your strategy? How you addressed the problem or issue is outlined.
  • What did you actually find? Your results of your research should be listed.
  • What do you think it all means? Explain your conclusions.
  • Where do we go from here? Any topics for future research or recommendations are found in this poster.

Tips for Preparing Posters

  • PowerPoint:

1. From the File menu, select New and choose a Blank Slide.

--In PowerPoint 2007: from the Home tab, select New Slide.

2. Go to the File menu and choose Page Setup and choose the last item which is Custom.

--In PowerPoint 2007: from the Design tab, choose Page Setup.

3. Set your PowerPoint Page Size to 56”width and 36” height.

4. When your PowerPoint slide (only one slide) is complete, save the file.

  • Information should flow from top to bottom.
  • Use no more than four colors.
  • The smallest font size recommended is an 18-point font. Keep in mind that the poster must be read from a distance.
  • Use of multiple fonts is distracting. It is better to choose a single font and use italics, bold, or color for emphasis. Use the same font face in larger sizes for titles and headings.
  • Avoid clutter! Select the most important information – the material that will promote one-to-one interchange with your viewers – that emphasizes why it is important for them to know about your work.
  • Whenever possible, use graphs, charts, tables, figures, pictures or lists instead of text to get your point across.