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Take a few minutes to score your poster (or ask a friend to score) to identify areas of potential improvement.

  1. Does my poster have enough white space
    • (0) There is too much information to have white space
    • (1) Just enough to separate the sections
    • (2) Sections are separated logically and the viewers’ eyes can rest
  2. Are the text and graphics legible?
    • (0) Too small to be seen from at least three feet
    • (1) Can be seen from at least three feet, but do not stand out
    • (2) Most important text and graphics legible from at least three feet
  3. Are the text and graphics consistent?
    • (0) More than two fonts, size and/or colors are random
    • (1) No more than two fonts, logical sizes and colors
    • (2) Appropriate fonts, sizes and colors emphasize main point
  4. Is the flow of information logical?
    • (0) No headings, scattered information, content does not flow
    • (1) Confusing to navigate, headings or sections not systematic
    • (2) Easy to navigate, headings and sections are systematic
  5. Can I identify research question
    • (0) Does not exist
    • (1) Exists but not explicit
    • (2) Clearly visible
  6. Can I identify research methods
    • (0) Does not exist
    • (1) Exists but not explicit
    • (2) Clearly visible
  7. Can I identify a take-home message or conclusion
    • (0) Does not exist
    • (1) Exists but not explicit
    • (2) Clearly visible
  8. Have I clearly provided my contact information
    • (0) No contact information
    • (1) Incomplete contact information, may not be easy to contact me
    • (2) Easy for somebody to contact me
  9. Have I provided the proper acknowledgments
    • (0) No or partial acknowledgments
    • (2) Proper acknowledgments of institutional supports and sponsors
  10. Have I shown the poster to my co-authors and/or faculty supervisor?
    • (0) No
    • (2) Yes

Add up your scores

20 = Congratulations, you’re ready! Find out how to print your poster.

15-19 = You’re almost done. Where did you score less than a 2? Follow the links in the questions to the appropriate section in the poster guide for more information.

Less than 15 = You’re off to a good start, but you still have some work to do. Do you need help developing a plan for your poster? Advisors in Office of Undergraduate Research are available to help.

Adapted from George Hess

More questions?

Contact advisors in the Office of Undergraduate Research to develop a plan and review poster drafts.