Getting Started 

It is important that you talk with your faculty mentor about your poster several weeks in advance of the poster session. A poster should include the following components:

  • Title/author
  • An abstract
  • An introduction
  • Materials and methods
  • Data and results
  • Discussion
  • Summary
  • Literature cited

Macalester Poster Guidelines

  1. The Science Division policy is not to use full color background for in house/on campus posters.
  2. The Macalester poster template is sized to fit our easels. If you make a poster that is bigger than the template, the poster hangs off of the easel and does not look professional.
  3. The Macalester poster paper supply is 42″ wide. Any poster that does not include 42″ as either the height or width will have large white borders. This should be avoided.
  4. If both dimensions of your poster are greater than 42″ it cannot be printed until it is scaled down.
  5. For printing instructions, be sure to follow the poster printing guidelines.

Related Sites

The following websites provide information about making posters.

Evaluating a Poster

Rubrics may be used to evaluate a poster for its content and effectiveness. This rubric includes key components and criteria of effective posters.