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Poster Samples

Whether you have made a research poster before or you are considering a poster presentation for the first time, looking at samples can help you generate ideas and define your goals for your poster. As you get started, it may be helpful to look at examples of finished posters.

Below are a number of sample posters created by UT undergraduates. There is a brief discussion of each poster highlighting its greatest strengths and areas where there is still room for some improvement.

Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
Social Sciences
Humanities
Creative

Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics


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Strengths

  • Strategic use of color
  • Balance among text, visuals, white space
  • Appropriate sections and labeling
  • Compelling description of Future Work
  • Figures and labeling of figures
  • Large body font size

Limitations

  • Scientific vocabulary may be too technical (depending on audience)
  • Logical flow
  • Title font size (visual hierarchy of text)
  • Images may be stretched
  • Narrow margins within text boxes


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Strengths

Limitations

  • Background may be distracting, detract from content
  • Alignment of sections and images
  • Too many visual components clutter poster


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Strengths

Limitations

  • Lacks Citations and Acknowledgements
  • Labeling of images/graphics
  • Inconsistent text alignment
  • Color-saturated background


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Limitations

  • Technical language/undefined acronyms (accessible to limited audience)
  • Narrow margins within text boxes

Social Sciences & Business


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Strengths

Limitations

  • Lacks references section
  • May not be accessible to all audiences (some technical language)


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Limitations

  • Inconsistent fonts in body text
  • Editing
  • Abstract section mislabeled


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Limitations

  • Discussion of Results
  • Minor formatting misalignments
  • Long title
  • Unauthorized use of UT seal


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Strengths

Limitations

  • Light text on dark background
  • Unlabeled, non-credited photos
  • Density and small font size


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Strengths

Limitations

  • Text-heavy
  • Many sections
  • Logical flow
  • Lacks acknowledgements

Humanities


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Strengths

Limitations

  • Length/density of text blocks
  • Tiny photo citations
  • Connections between images and descriptive text


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Strengths

Limitations

  • Lacks clear “Background” section
  • Correlation of Findings and Conclusion to Research questions


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Limitations

  • Uneven column width
  • Center-justfied body text
  • Lacks “Methods” section


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Strengths

Limitations

  • Citations
  • Concise interpretation of graphics


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Strengths

  • Unusual but accessible visual structure
  • Simple graphics
  • Use of white space
  • Fonts and font sizes

Limitations

  • Analysis of graphic data
  • Discussion of significance
  • Lacks institutional affiliation of author


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Strengths

Limitations

  • Editing
  • References

Arts and Creative Projects


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Strengths

  • Large, clear title
  • Creative adaptation of sections
  • Use of of lists (rather than paragraphs)
  • Accessible to diverse audience

Limitations

  • Logical flow
  • Connection between visuals (sheet music) and content
  • Narrow margins within text boxes


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Strengths

  • Clear sections
  • Strategic use of color
  • Labeling and citation of images
  • Accessible to a broad audience
  • Clearly defined research question
  • Wide margins around poster edges

Limitations

  • Somewhat text-heavy
  • Data referenced (“Methodology”) but not discussed

What is my next step?

Begin working on the content for your poster at Create Your Message.