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Making Humanities Conference Posters: Why Make Them?


Gumberg Library proudly supports the research and scholarship efforts of our students.

Register to particpate in the 8th Annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium by March 10.

The event will be held in the Power Center on April 6, 2016.


The text of this webpage is based on a PowerPoint presentation given by Dr. Alima Bucciantini of the Duquesne University History Department. The page was made by Ted Bergfelt, Humanities Librarian, Gumberg Library.


Why Make Posters?

1. Posters are a simple and exciting way to present research.

2. They are different from someone just reading another conference paper.

3. Posters can be a way of trying out research ideas that are maybe not yet ready for a full-blown conference paper.

4. When you present a poster, you can connect to other researchers and possibly find future collaborators.

5. Making posters also gives experience in condensing ideas and presenting them to non-expert audiences.
       a. Helps you develop your "elevator speech" skills!
       b. Great skills for the job search for students!


Inspirations for Poster Designs

1. Museum labels

     a. Get ideas across in simple language, and in a minimum of text.

     b. Are designed to catch the eye.

     c. These use a "hierarchy of headings" to guide the eye.


2. Shop Windows

     a. In a way, in a poster you are advertising your research.

     b. these are also designed to catch and hold the eye.


Aims of Posters

1. Present research in a vibrant, new, interactive format.

2. Draw people to your poster, and have it able to speak for itself when you are not there to explain it.

3. Combine text and relevant images to tell a clear, alluring "story," while  not overwhelming viewers.

4. People’s attention spans are short, so keep that in mind!