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ALEC 440 - Business and Research Writing

What is a research poster?

A poster session or poster presentation is the presentation of research by an individual or group for a class or academic/professional conference. At a conference, the work is usually peer reviewed.

A room is reserved for poster sessions where researchers accompany a poster illustrating their methods and outcomes. Presentations usually consist of affixing the research poster to a portable wall with the researcher in attendance answering questions. Each research project is presented on a conference schedule for a period ranging from 10 minutes to several hours.

Adapted from the Poster Session entry on Wikipedia 

Creating Your Research Poster

Why do we create research posters? What is their purpose and how can you create one that conveys the important aspects of your research? Below is a 4 minute video from the American Journal Experts that not only answers these questions, but also provide helpful hints for designing your poster. 

Closed captioning and transcripts are available by opening the Making a Better Research Poster video in YouTube (link will open in a new tab).

Choosing your content checklist


*Include name, contact information, course number (optional), and UT or UTIA logo.

Research question or hypothesis: Do not copy your abstract if it is included in a conference program. 

Methodology: What is the research process? Explain how you did your research.

If you conducted interviews, include the questions.

Observations: What did you see? Why is this important?

*Findings: What did you learn? Summarize your conclusions.

Themes: Pull out themes in the literature and list in bullet points.

A brief narrative of what you learned - what was the most interesting/surprising aspect of the project?

Interesting quotes from the research.

Data: Use your data to generate charts or tables.

Images: Include images (visit the Images tab in the guide for more information). Take your own photos or legally use others.

Recommendations and/or next steps for future research.

Citations: Only list 3-5 on the poster. If more, put them on a handout.

Acknowledgments: Don't forget to thank your advisor, department, or funding agency. 

*Required. Everything else is optional.

Research Poster Support