Image copyright by Dominique Naegele-Clifford
Poster sessions are useful for many reasons, including:
Posters sessions are commonly found at conferences, professional meetings, and in the classroom.
Photo by Steven Rose, 111th American Society for Microbiology General Meeting, New Orleans, LA
Your poster is a tool for conveying information. It’s a means to an end. While designing it, you should strive to make it look good, but never forget the information is the most important thing!
A good poster will:
Most posters follow a fairly basic set of standards in terms of size and overall look, but there will be variance due to your subject or topic, research, class, and personal style. Some information you should have from your professor before starting include:
Lots of people! Poster sessions are very common in science classes, from basic biology all the way through physics, astronomy, any science really. This is why almost all science fairs are made up of poster sessions and poster displays.
Posters sessions are useful for many subjects, though. Want to illustrate themes in a different books for English? – A poster session can do that. Want to be able to discuss a specific time in history, and have some good visual representations? – A poster session is great for that! You get the idea.
Poster Sessions are also extremely useful for CSM Honors Seminar students. If you are a student in the Honors Seminar project, you will likely do one or more of these! (You can find more info on the CSM Honors Seminar and Project here).
One of the most important parts of a poster session is that, after the initial session, the poster can still be valuable as a display or tool. Your poster may help a student understand your topic in the coming semesters!