Surviving;Your;First; ACS;Undergraduate; Poster;Presentation BY ACS STAFF
Is the mere thought of presenting your first poster at an ACS local, regional, or national meeting causing you to rethink your choice of major? If so, take comfort in the fact hat you’re not alone. At the upcoming 243rd ACS National Meeting in San Diego, CA, most of the nearly 1,200 students who will be presenting their posters at the Undergraduate Research Poster Session are first-time presenters. The whole
process is also less intimidating if you know what to expect as a
poster presenter at an ACS undergraduate poster session.
How to Design
a Scientific Poster
BY ANGELA HOFFMAN
• Use the minimum amount of details in the Methods section. You
will be there to fill in the details.
• Always be generous with
• Use a solid pastel color for the
background. If you use a patterned
background, make sure it’s nondistracting. Don’t be fancy!
• Proofread and get suggestions
from others, especially your advisor,
before you print.
• Copy your poster onto a flash drive
to create a backup copy of your
• Provide photos, illustrations, and graphs where
needed to clarify the story.;
All illustrations need captions and
must be referred to in the narrative.
• Use full sentences and your very best
English, and be succinct.
• It’s important to make the print large
enough to read easily from 3 feet away.
Title lettering should be about 2” to 3” tall
( 5 to 7. 5 cm). Subheading lettering should
be 1/2” to 1” tall ( 1. 25 to 2. 5 cm). Body
text lettering should be approximately
24 points tall (1/4” or 0.625 cm).
• Divide the poster into labeled sections
(such as Title, Authors, Introduction,
Methods, Results, and Discussion/
A;scientific poster is not an enlarged version of a paper. A poster summarizes your
research project and follows a standard format
for reporting scientific results.
• Know the poster board specifications.
Specifications vary widely among groups
• Craft your poster to tell a single story.
• The story has to be obvious and should be
clear to the reader. Eliminate jargon.
• Don’t attempt to tell the entire research
history of your project. Present only enough
data to support your conclusions and
show the originality of the work.
Angela Hoffman is a professor of chemistry at
the University of Portland in Portland, OR.
inChemistry • www.acs.org/undergrad