Poster Title
Marge Innovera , Paul Murky


Department of XX, Northern Arizona University
Problem Statement
Purpose: To establish guidelines for a poster layout
which will most suitably represent the school, its
research, and print well.
Method: Be sure to create and save your poster in
the required format as specified by the printer.
Avoid dark backgrounds, as they take a lot of ink.
Please remember that this layout is only an example
template: other than page size, it is not fixed, and
you may manipulate it as you see fit. It is only limited
by your creativity!

NAU/College/??? Logos
Large format NAU and college logos can be found at:

Charts and Graphs
The important thing about including charts and
graphs is to create them at a size equal to or slightly
greater than the size they need to be in the poster.
Having to enlarge anything results in pixilation.

The gif, jpg and tif logos can be reduced down to fit
nicely into your poster. The png logos may be
reduced or enlarged.

The printer paper is 36-inches high including 1-inch
margins. If the smallest dimension of your poster is
larger than 34-inches, the printer software will scale
the poster down, but this increases the time required
to print.
PowerPoint has a 56-inch limit in both
Figure 1: Imported graphics file that was enlarged by 375%.

Before starting to create your poster, please be sure to
check the page size is 34 by 44. Go to Design and
then Page Setup in .pptx to check this out.

bullets help to draw attention to important points.
For certain fonts, using bold helps to make the poster
more easily read from a distance.
An easy way to check the readability of your poster is
to set zoom level to 100% and stand 4-ft away from
your computer screen.
Remember: Your poster is a summary of your work;
not every little detail needs to be included.

If you are going to use a background color or
image, make sure to keep it light: so you can clearly
see all the text, and to save printer ink (posters with
backgrounds cost an extra $10.00 or more).

Use a smaller font size for the references.

Table can be constructed directly in PowerPoint or
imported from Word or Excel via copy/paste.

These are APA examples; follow the citation style most frequently used in your discipline.
Journal article: Author, Author, & Author. Year, Journal abbreviated title, Volume number, First page
of article
Martn, E. L., Rebolo, R., & Zapatero Osorio, M. R. 1996, ApJ, 469, 706

The following table was constructed in Word at the desired
size, with appropriate font sizes, desired box outlines, etc. It
was then put into this PowerPoint file via copy/paste.

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Item 1
Item 2
Item 3
Item 4



This table was created with Excel.


You are NOT required to have this many
columns and sections. Just be sure to follow
the guidelines for what makes a good poster.
See the Undergraduate Research Poster
Presentation Tips webpage for more

How To Cite References


Your poster is being read from an average distance
of 4-ft away. Choose a font that is not crowded and
remember that there are two spaces after the period at
the end of a sentence. This poster is using Helvetica font
with a font size of 28 for most of the text.

Use the grid lines to help keep your objects lined up.

Always be sure to examine the final poster at
a zoom of 100%: at anything lower than 100%
you do not see the text, objects, etc. in their
true placesdont be fooled!

Page Size: 34 x 44 inches.




Figure 2: Imported graphics file that was reduced by
Note that the font sizes for the axis labels should
have been made larger prior to exporting the
graph from MatLab.

The important thing about including images
(gif/jpg/tiff) is to resize them to the desired size prior
to inserting them into the PowerPoint file (and of high
resolution so the quality is still excellent).
As shown with the logos, png images can be resized
in PowerPoint without adverse affects on the file size
or the printer efficiency.
Figure 3: This image
was enlarged 130%
using MSOffice-Picture
insertion in this poster.

Book: Author, & Author. Year, Title, Volume if a multivolume work (Edition or series, if any; City of
publication: Publisher) --- Where specific pages of a book are cited, these should be given at the text
citation, not in the reference list.
Donat, W., III, & Boksenberg, A. J. 1993, The Astronomical Almanac for the Year 1994, Vol. 2 (2nd
ed.; Washington, DC: GPO)
Article or chapter in an edited collection:
Author(s). Year, in Collection Title, ed. Editors (City of publication: Publisher), first page of article
Huchra, J. P. 1986, in Inner Space/Outer Space, ed. E. W. Kolb et al. (Chicago: Univ. Chicago
Press), 65
Wolk, S. J., & Walter, F. M. 1999, ApJ, in press

internships, etc., that have helped to support your

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