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Presentations in Medicine & Science: Parts of a Poster

Resources to help assist you make good presentations in different formats. Posters and oral presentations

Typical Parts of a Poster


  • Your entire project boiled down to a few words
  • Used by many to decide whether to visit your poster
  • Should not be too long or contain jargon and abbreviations
  • Should state the main focus of your study
  • Must be visible from six feet away

Author and Affiliations

  • Include first and last name
  • Spell out affiliations that may not be universally recognized
  • Street addresses are not necessary
  • Smaller than the title but still big font
  • Logos and pictures can be nice but not if they clutter up the poster


  • Gets the viewer interested and brings them up to speed in the field
  • Puts your work into the context of what is known
  • Justifies your model system and approach
  • Often ends with a clear statement of your specific goals or hypothesis
  • Keep it brief, use figures and diagrams, use bullets points if possible

Goal (optional)  


  • As brief as possible
  • Use graphics and flow charts, rather than text if possible
  • No need to describe basic methods
  • Most viewers don’t want to read details; they will ask for them. Can supply more information via handout


  • Include only a few key figures or tables
  • Each figure should have a title that summarizes the results
  • Figures should be large, labeled clearly, and be easy to understand with a long legend
  • All text should be visible from several feet away ( 48-30 pt font)


  • Use bullet points to highlight a major finding
  • Consider displaying a model
  • Possible to use a summary paragraph or summary bullet points instead
  • Remember...less is more!

Future direction (optional)

  • Use bullet points
  • Be brief

References (optional)



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