Guidelines for 2021 Poster Presenters

The 2021 Beacon Conference will take place via Zoom. However, the Poster Session will take place asynchronously, and you do not have to use Zoom to participate.

2021 Beacon Conference Poster Session Walk-Through

  • Each poster presenter will have a designated window, displaying the presenter’s photo, their name, paper title linked to a pdf file of the poster, mentor’s name and the name of the college. A customized feedback link will be included. See the example below:


    Author Name:
    Paper Title: (Linked to poster PDF.)

    To leave feedback for the author of this paper, please click here to fill out the feedback form.

  • Conference attendees will view each poster by clicking on the paper title.
  • Conference attendees will be able to submit comments and questions to each poster presenter individually by using the feedback form. The link will not display the email address of the presenter, but it will require the email address of the sender. It is your decision whether to share your email address by responding to feedback you receive.
  • By Monday, May 24, please submit your photo and a .pdf file of your poster using the link to the online form that was provided in your notification letter. In the interest of time and equity, limit your poster length to 3 .pdf pages maximum. Use the landscape orientation.
  • Unlike Session I, II and III concurrent panels, the Poster Session is non-competitive and poster presentations are not evaluated by a Judge. The Poster Session format affords presenters more informal opportunity to interact with interested conference participants.

How to Design a Poster

Think of your poster as a visual version of your paper abstract or a condensed overview of your project.

Generally, your poster will be effective if it has the following characteristics:

  • It provides a brief summary of your research
  • It conveys your message visually
  • It is readable on a computer screen
  • It is clearly organized

Poster Contents

Posters can vary significantly because of differences in discipline, research methodology, project complexity, aspects of the subject matter researched, etc. Successful posters usually include the following contents:

1. The Title of Research Project/Paper
2. The Research Question
3. The Thesis or Hypothesis
4. Background Information/Introduction
5. Main Findings/Insights
6. Conclusions/Significance of Work
7. References (for any sources used on the poster)

Design Tips:

  • Don’t crowd your material
  • Help your audience focus on individual chunks of information
  • Limit the number of fonts and colors
  • Use a consistent font size for all text except titles or headings (larger) and references and acknowledgments (smaller)
  • Use graphs or pictures if they summarize material effectively
  • Provide a title or descriptive phrase for graphs or pictures

Online Poster Resources