At the MassURC, the research poster will be the primary means for presenters to showcase their work. This dynamic format provides a platform for students to visually convey their research, facilitating a direct and engaging connection with their audience. Research posters are instrumental in encouraging in-depth discussions, offering immediate feedback, and providing a visual representation of findings, making them a highly effective mode of communicating ideas. 

Poster Presentation Format

Here is what the poster board provided looks like:

Poster Size

We don’t have a suggested size for the conference posters. Please refer to the image below for common poster sizes (taken from this excellent guide on academic poster design).

General Tips for Creating an Effective Research Poster

What is a Research Poster?

Research posters are a common feature in academic circles and are included in most conferences to summarize information or research succinctly and attractively, generating interest and discussion.

A typical poster combines concise text with tables, graphs, images, and various presentation formats. At a conference, the researcher stands by the poster display, allowing other participants to view the presentation and engage with the author.

What Makes a Good Poster?

Guide for Making an Accessible Poster Presentation

Why is it important to consider accessibility when constructing my poster presentation?

When creating a poster for a research conference, prioritizing accessibility is important. Accessibility in the context of poster presentations refers to the deliberate effort to make your research comprehensible and inclusive to a diverse audience. It encompasses visual and verbal elements, aiming to remove barriers for individuals with varying abilities and needs.

While we recognize the challenges that may arise in implementing specific guidelines, we strongly recommend considering accessibility! Your goal is to ensure that your research reaches the widest possible audience, and incorporating accessibility from the start is a key step in achieving this.

Designing Your Research Poster: Ensuring Visual Clarity and Inclusivity

Your poster is a visual representation of your research, and making it accessible involves choosing design elements that are clear and easily understandable.
While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, incorporating the following considerations during the construction of your presentation will enhance accessibility:

Conference Day Tips: Ensuring Inclusive Verbal Communication

On the day of the conference, you’ll be walking attendees through your research verbally. By considering accessibility, you guarantee that your spoken explanations are inclusive and contribute to a clear and coherent understanding of your work for everyone in the audience.

Ensure that your verbal presentation aligns with accessibility principles:

By integrating these considerations into your poster design and verbal presentation, you contribute to a more inclusive academic environment where everyone can engage with and appreciate your research!