Poster Guidelines

Graduate students of all levels and backgrounds are invited to present their work (research or projects). Posters do NOT have to be directly related to the symposium theme, but students should be able to communicate their research succinctly.

Definition of a Poster Session

A Poster Session advertises your research. It combines text and graphics to make a visually pleasing presentation. Typically, a professional poster involves showing your work to numerous researchers at a conference or seminar. This can take place in one large room, several smaller rooms, or even on a balcony. Then, as viewers walk by, your poster should quickly and efficiently communicate your research. Unlike the fast pace of a slide show or verbal presentation, a Poster Session allows viewers to study and restudy your information and discuss it with you one on one. You may also be required to give short presentations on your research every ten or fifteen minutes.


A successful poster is not created overnight. Preparing a well-organized, visually-pleasing poster requires you to plan well in advance. First, consider your audience and what type of poster you’ll create. Next, gather your supplies and decide what information to include. From this point, create the text and graphics. Remember to consider how these work together and then format your poster accordingly.

– Posters must be no larger than 3 feet 11 inches tall (top to bottom) and 5 feet 10 inches wide (left to right).
– Posters will be mounted to dual-sided, free-standing displays using push pins which will be provided.
– Students are welcome to bring handouts to distribute at their poster.




Faculty, visiting professionals, and staff will serve as judges.  You will be assigned a judging period to remain by your poster.

Posters will be judged on clarity, completeness, visual design, presentation, and application of research. Undergraduates and Graduates will be judged separately.

Attendees will also be encouraged to vote for their favorite poster during the general display time.


There will be one winner and two runner-ups selected by judges for each the undergraduate and graduate competition. One People’s Choice Award will go to the competitor receiving the most votes cast by attendees. This can be awarded to an undergraduate or a graduate.  Winners and runner-ups are excluded from the People’s Choice Awards.

All entrants will be given a certificate of participation, with the winners, runner-ups, and the People’s Choice Award being given certificates in addition to a cash prize.


  • TBD–  Deadline for submission (Date subject to change.)
  •  TBD- Poster Competition

Information Release

By submitting a poster/presentation, the applicant authorizes the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Graduate Student Association  and Ecological Sciences and Engineering Interdisciplinary Graduate Program to share all information related to the poster/presentation (or subsequent award), including a photo, on the internet, in press releases, and in relevant program literature.

Poster Session, Feb 8 2018


Purdue University