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Biology of Cancer: Posters

Designed to help students in 21:120:402:01 find appropriate resources for their paper and poster assignments

Creating and presenting posters

Web sites

 “Designing conference posters.”  Colin Purrington.  (2016)


                Written by a biological sciences professor at Swarthmore, this heavily cited page contains a comprehensive treatment of posters with detailed and practical advice.  Dr. Purrington has also included illustrations and examples.  The web site describes the sections of a poster and lists common mistakes and how to avoid them.

“Creating effective poster presentations: an effective poster.”  George Hess, Kathryn Tosney, and Leon Liegel.  Last update: 2006 (?)  (

                Three biological sciences professors collaborated to offer a series of pages on poster preparation and presentation.  The content is similar to the page described above although this site’s design necessitates many more clicks.  The authors have included valuable information on evaluation criteria with a downloadable score sheet.

"Guide to creating research posters."  University of Texas at Austin, Texas Undergraduate Studies  (

               This comprehensive guide includes samples and templates as well as a section on presentation.  There is also a checklist to use in reviewing your poster for effectiveness.


Meta sites

                The following guides from two university libraries are comprehensive compilations of helpful web sites and other resources without much duplication between them.

 “Poster design guidelines.”  University of Wisconsin-Madison, Chemistry Library.  Last updated: 8/5/2007  (

 “Poster presentations.”  Fred Stoss.  Last updated:  6/6/2008. (

Journal articles

                The following articles were published recently in chemistry journals and contain valuable points on posters.  Both journals are available in electronic format from the University Libraries.

 Erren TC, Bourne PE (2007) Ten Simple Rules for a Good Poster Presentation. PLoS Comput Biol 3: e102-103.  Available:  Accessed: 18 January 2009.

 Larive CK, Bulska E (2006) Tips for effective poster presentations.  Anal Bioanal Chem 385: 1347–1349.  Available:  Accessed: 18 January 2009.

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